The weather in Austria is marked by a moderate climate and four fairly distinct seasons. Thus, expats moving to this central European nation should plan to bring clothing to suit sunny summer days, apparel that can keep you warm during winter, and plenty of lightweight layers for the months in between.
While the seasons are similar throughout Austria, the Alps divide the country into three weather regions that have unique characteristics, so it's best to learn about the weather in the destination you’ll be making home.
The four seasons and beautiful Austrian landscape provide ample opportunities for enjoying outdoor activities and travel opportunities. Summer high temperatures can reach 90°F (32°C), while winter lows can descend to a chilly 10°F (-12°C).
Spring begins in March and lasts through May. Average spring highs hover around 58°F (14°C) with average lows sitting at 42°F (5.5°C). Temperatures begin to rise in June, and stay warm through mid-September.
In the summer months, the hottest of which are July and August, average highs are around 75°F (24°C) and lows are 58°F (14.5°C). Summertime also brings the rainiest weather in Austria; June, July, and August bear the most precipitation.
The moderate spring and summer temperatures allow for a variety of outdoor activities including sightseeing, visiting vineyards, hiking, and biking. Expats should note that most homes and public places in Austria don't have air conditioning, so the buildings can get quite warm on summer afternoons.
Fall in Austria begins in September and lasts until mid-November. The fall leaves turn beautiful colours of gold and red, and can be seen in late September and October. High temperatures in Fall average 57°F (14°C) and the nights get down to 44°F (7°C).
Winter begins in November and lasts through February or March, depending on the year. Winter in the Alps is celebrated by outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding from November to April. Other great winter activities include cross-country skiing, ice skating, and sledding. Winter high temperatures average 38°F (3°C) and nightly temperatures drop to 28°F (-2°C). All apartment and office buildings have central heating, so you won't have to worry about staying warm in the winter.