Weather in Prague

The weather in Prague is similar to that of most of Central Europe, with strongly defined seasons and unpredictable outbursts of unseasonable weather. Because of the city’s location, Prague’s weather can be extremely difficult to predict, and forecasts beyond a few days at a time are often unreliable.

There can be heavy snow in the winter months, and in summer temperatures can reach a sweltering 40° C at times.But there’s plenty to see and do come rain or shine, and each season paints the Golden City in a new light that is uniquely enjoyable. However, the key to making the most of whatever the forecast may be is to wear comfortable shoes that won’t fall to pieces or slip should ice or a sudden rain shower slicken the cobblestones.

Average temperatures in Prague

Average (°C) Minimum Maximum Events
January

0

-3

3

  • Prague Winter Music Festival
  • Days of European Film Festival
February

2

-2

5

Masopust (Carnivale)
March

5

1

9

Easter markets
April

9

4

14

  • Prague Half-Marathon
  • Witches Night
  • Prague Writers Festival
May

14

9

20

  • Prague Marathon
  • Czech Beer Festival
  • Prague Spring International Music Festival
  • Prague Food Festival
June

17

12

23

  • Prague Fringe Festival
  • United Islands of Prague
  • Tanec Praha
  • Prague Proms
July

19

14

25

  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • Bohemia Jazz Fest
  • Summer Festivities of Early Music
August

18

13

25

Verdi Festival
September

14

9

19

  • Vinobrani
  • Dvorak’s Prague Festival
October

10

5

14

Prague International Jazz Festival
November

4

1

6

  • Czech Press PhotoNov. 17: Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day
  • Christmas markets
December

1

-2

3

  • Christmas markets
  • Dec. 5: St. Nicholas Day
  • Dec. 24: Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve

Seasonal overview

Spring

Square of Peace in spring by Charlotte90TSpring can take a while to, well, spring, in Prague, with winter temperatures and even snow flurries sometimes still occurring in April. March can bring the occasional nice day. Once the temperatures rise above 10° C, however, spring becomes one of the nicest times to visit the city, as the flowers and trees are in colourful bloom and the temperate weather is ideal for strolling around all day. May and early June are the most reliable for sunshine and mild weather; April can be spotty with sudden showers, often with hail. Most restaurants and beer gardens open for outdoor seating in late April or early May.

Summer

cenes from Prague Summer by sagarmiThe summer months of late June, July and August are typically hot and stormy, especially in August. Temperatures can range between 20° and 35°, with the odd few days venturing higher on the mercury. The sun can be very strong at times, so it’s best to be equipped with sunscreen and a bottle of water when pounding the pavement. Few sights or restaurants are air-conditioned in Prague, so the best place to beat the heat is in the shady Letna beer garden, overlooking the city, or in the escalators of the metro, which create a wind-tunnel effect descending through the stations. It stays light until about 22:00 at summer’s height.

Autumn

Prague, Czech Republic by Thomas DepenbuschSeptember is arguably the most pleasant time of year to visit Prague, as there is a relatively reliable ‘Indian summer’ each year, with steady sunshine, crisp air and temperatures of around 12° to 20°. Sometimes this stretches into October, and even November, but there can also be early snow flurries in late October. November is typically blustery and with waning daylight hours, which peaks in mid-December with a sunset around 16:00.

Winter

Vltava River in winter by Charlotte90TWinter in Prague can be both beautiful and infuriating, as the snow-dusted roofs are pretty to behold but the sidewalks can be slippery with ice or slushy snow. The heaviest snowfall, most often just a few inches at a time, takes place in January and February, with only the occasional white Christmas. Temperatures can drop to as low as -20° C, so thermals and lots of layers are advised.

Making the most of the weather in Prague

Making the most of your time in Prague is easy, as long as you pack and prepare for the weather. Wrap up in your woollies and head for the indoor attractions and museums during the winter months or enjoy a hot chocolate in a local café. And if travelling in the summer months, bring your sun cream, do a walking touring tour and enjoy a famous Czech beer in the outdoor bars. Whatever the weather, not much will stop you having a great time in this majestic city.


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