Best time to visit Poland and Gdansk
Are you planning your trip and wondering when to visit Gdansk? Weather in Gdansk is rather recurrent and there are not a lot of anomalies – except for the feeling it’s getting warmer and warmer every year. But before we write about Gdansk weather, let’s start by checking when is the best time to visit Poland.
Best time to visit Poland
Generally, Poland has a continental climate with very cold winters and warm summers. This, of course, differs depending on what region of Poland you plan to visit, and what you plan to do, but unless you plan to ski somewhere in the Polish mountains, (there are some ski slopes around Gdansk, too), you should visit Poland between April and November. If you want to check typical weather in various cities in Poland, you should visit Weatherspark. If you want to check the weather forecast for the next 2-3 days, the best place to visit is Meteo.pl and choose one of the models: 60-hours or 84-hours. Then you just need to click on the map or choose the city from the list. The meteorograms may look strange at a glance, and you might need to learn how to read them, but this is the most accurate weather forecast site in Poland.
What may influence your stay are public holidays. Those during spring in summer often turn into so-called “long weekends” – people take one or two days off to connect the public holiday to the weekend and travel. This mainly happens in May (1st and 3rd of May are public holidays), June (Corpus Christie), August (15th of August is a public holiday) and early November (1st and 11th of November are public holidays). This is not the best time to visit Poland, as most of the means of transport and hotels will be crowded – bookings usually need to be made months earlier.
Also, remember that the summer holiday begins in late June and lasts until the end of August. Accommodation might be limited then so think about booking in advance. The winter holiday lasts 2 weeks but in every region, it starts on a different date, so that winter resorts are not overcrowded (they are, anyway). It’s up to you to decide if this is the best time to visit Poland during the summer or winter holiday – even though the weather in this period is best.
Best time to visit Gdansk – typical Gdansk weather
Gdansk is situated by the Baltic Sea which makes the climate a bit milder. During winter it can be above zero and during summer it’s colder than in the south of Poland. Also, windy days are quite common.
Here are average temperatures in Gdansk:
Let’s check when to visit Gdansk to take advantage of the weather.
When to visit Gdansk? – Spring
If we consider meteorological seasons, spring lasts 3 months: March, April, and May. In March temperatures can be below zero, days are still short and there’s not so much sun. Weather in April is unstable and can alternate between sun and snow. As the Polish proverb says: “April the weaver – interweaves a little bit of winter with a little bit of summer.”. In May plants and trees start to green and the day becomes longer. Days are warmer and warmer, and sometimes very sunny. Although spring is not the best time to visit Gdansk, especially March and April, late May is the month when the tourist season starts.
Best time to visit Gdansk – Summer
If you don’t like crowds June is perfect to visit Gdansk. It’s warm, days are the longest and the probability of the rain is low. The temperature of the water in the sea is still low so it’s hard to swim but cold-resistant people might give it a try. July and August is a high season. It’s crowded and many hotels are booked in advance. Also, many Polish people choose Gdansk as a holiday destination. In summer it is warm and you can enjoy the sea with the temperature of the water around 18-19°C. Remember that July is the rainiest month of the year, so August seems to be a better choice. Last week of July and two first weeks of August in the city center St. Dominic’s Fair takes place – one of the biggest fair in Europe. Many events take place and the streets are very crowded. It might be difficult for sightseeing but you can enjoy the event.
When to visit Gdansk? – Weather in Gdansk in Autumn
September is a good choice – it’s no longer crowded and the weather is quite good for sightseeing. You can feel that autumn is coming but it’s not so cold yet. It’s the last chance to visit Gdansk because October is when the real autumn starts. There’s always a period with beautiful, colourful forests before the trees shed their leaves but generally, it’s raining a lot and everything looks grey and sad. In November days are very short – at 4 pm it’s already dark. Definitely avoid visiting Gdansk in this period, as the weather in Gdansk is horrible and unpredictable then. However, if you come during autumn and it will be raining, check our recommendation for activities during the bad weather: Gdansk on a rainy day.
When to come to Gdansk? – Winter
In winter temperatures can be below zero with a lot of snow, but it’s not a rule. And does it snow in Gdansk on Christmas? Well, lately, we don’t have snow in December, but it tends to snow in January and February. If there’s a real winter, Gdansk looks beautiful but it’s cold. It’s difficult to stay outside, so it’s better to visit museums and restaurants. The sports fans may try skiing and ice-skating- check our article on winter in Gdansk.
Of course, you can never be sure about the weather in Gdansk. Especially lately, the weather is less and less predictable. For example, April and May 2018 it was extremely hot (about 25°C) while in southern Europe it was about 20°C. In May 2017 the snow fell down and temperatures were below zero. So be prepared for everything, bring appropriate clothes and a positive attitude 🙂