Weather in Milan

While you generally won’t have the challenge of four seasons in day like some northern European cities, Milan can have its periods of unpredictability (particularly in spring). April and May are especially nice months to visit the city, as well as September, with milder temperatures and sunny days. It gets chilly during the winter but generally doesn’t snow. However, the air tends to be quite damp so you’ll need some good layers of clothes. Watch out in summer for the humidity. It can be lovely and hot but it can also be quite suffocating.

Average (°C) Average low Average high Events
January

1.5

-2

4.5

Epiphany – January 6
February

4

-8

-2

Fashion Week (Aut/Winter) - Women
March

8

-3

13

StraMilano marathon.
April

12

7

17

  • Liberation Day – April 25
  • International Furniture Fair – Mid April
  • Flower Fair on the Canals
  • Milan City Half Marathon
May

16

11

21

  • Labour Day – May 1
  • Milan courtyard « open days »
  • Artists on the canals – mid May
  • Milan Food Week – end of May
June

21

15

26

  • Republic Day – June 2
  • Milan Fashion Week - Men
July

23

15

29

  • Latin American Festival (Assago)
Milan Jazz Festival
August

22

17

27

Latin American Festival (Assago)
September

19

13

24

  • Milan Fashion Week (Summer/Spring) – Women, late Sept.
  • Milan Film Festival - early Sept.
October

13

8

18

Celtic New Year. (Milan has a Celtic past which is celebrated)
November

7

3

10

All Saints Day - November 1
December

2

-1

5

  • 7 Dec. Oh Bej! Oh Bej! Milanese festival for the patron saint Ambrogio.
  • Immaculate Conception Day – December 8
  • La Scala Opera – opening night.
 

Seasonal overview for Milan

Spring

Spring by Italy Chronicles PhotosMany Italians complain that there aren’t any mid-seasons any more, and sometimes you can wonder if spring really ever comes in Milan, especially if you listen to the naturally pessimistic Italians. Despite this, in March you’re sure to see some nice, bright sunny days, among the rainy ones.

April and May usually see milder temperatures of around 20-25 degrees, but on the downside, you could encounter some rain.

Summer

Summer by scallejaComing into the summer months of June, July and August, Milan gets really sticky. 30 degrees may not seem so extreme until you experience the humidity. Most Milanese can’t survive without air conditioning in this period, especially as it doesn’t cool off at all in the evening. You can expect a few rain storms too, but they usually pass through quickly and unfortunately leave the air feeling even more humid.

August is in the month when most Italians take their summer holidays, mainly due to forced company closures in the mid-fortnight of August. The city can seem abandoned and to some it can have a certain charm. Weather-wise it’s normally hot, and without the usual chaos of office workers in the city, the place is a bit more tolerable. Towards the end of the month the temperature also tends to drop off a bit.

Autumn

Milan Autumn by nicubunuSeptember is another pleasant month in the city. The days are getting shorter but the warm weather can often persist until the end of the month and Italians are usually in a good mood as they hold onto their summer glow from their few weeks baking in the sun by the seaside.

October and November, while not really cold (hovering around 10-15 degrees in October and slowly moving under 10 in November) can tend to be on the grey side and rainy, although the rain is generally light and drizzly. You won’t need a winter coat just yet, but a scarf and a good mid-season jacket is a must.

Winter

Winter by vanzMoving into winter time, December is always pretty with the twinkling Christmas lights in the streets, but the city can often be hit with a cold snap, experiencing sub-zero temperatures (albeit only for a few days). The average temperature tends to sit around the 5-degree mark for most of the winter, barring exceptions, but it tends to be quite damp so bring some warm underwear! Snow isn’t common and if it does put in an appearance, it will be only for a few days. Expect a bit of fog occasionally too.

Making the most of Milan’s weather

If you visit Milan in particularly chilly weather or you catch some rain, Milan, being a fashion capital is always good for a bit of shopping! However, you will definitely find enough museums to keep you happy too. A must in the colder weather is a good hot chocolate, sitting in a café, watching the world go by for a while. In the hotter months, some tasty gelato and time relaxing in the park should keep you cool.


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