When planning your #erasmus_adventure you need to take care of so many things. But when you have limited luggage and you’re going abroad for 4-10 months, packing cloths become crucial… What to take? Well, without knowledge of weather conditions it’s really hard to decide.
It is the weather that decides what to do, wear and bring to an Erasmus in Poland.
But don’t worry! We’re coming with help in that matter.
In this post we will show you:
- average temperatures in each month
- what every student must be equipped with to survive
- the highlights of every season
- some fun facts about the weather in Poland
Ready? Let’s go!
Winter semester starts at Polish Univesites October 1rst, there are ‘Orientation Days’ usually one-two weeks before. Most of Erasmus students are arriving mid-September. What can you expect?
Autumn in Poland is an extremely charming season of the year, especially when it brings with it warm, sunny weather (which lately is more and more often!). Only in Poland, you can experience the most charming view. Indulge in this golden fairytale, walk a lot and play with the leaves!
SEPTEMBER (pol. Wrzesień)
Is an official start of the beautiful autumn time, with still pleasant temperatures and falling rainfalls amounts. The average daily temperature of 14°C, but they can rage 9-25°C! The temperature in Poland in September is still pleasant enough that you still don’t have to wear a thick jacket. Take advantage of the warm sunshine both in the city and the countryside!
! Pack your long-sleeved clothes and an umbrella!
OCTOBER (pol. Październik)
In October you can feel a drop of the temperatures, this month is significantly cooler than September. Average temperatures are 9°C with a range 0-15 °C, however is still sunny, but it can be really windy! October is the time to admire the beautiful ‘’Polish Golden Autumn‘‘. With colourful leaves everywhere, the walks through Polish streets are unforgettable! At this time, the best is to take a trip to one of our Mountains: Tatra, Bieszczady or Beskidy. You will be astonished by the beauty of nature!
Pack your jacket and warmer shoes. Umbrella is essential.
NOVEMBER (pol. Listopad)
And the cold begins with average temperature daily 3°C and rage -5°C to 8°C. There is a big chance for rain or even snow. We used to say that along with November depression arrives as is really dark outside, most often raining and humidity in the air. Low temperatures in Poland in November can be quite noticeable for students who are used to a warmer climate. What is great is that restaurants and street bars are starting to sell mulled wine which is totally delicious!
Definitely pack a warm jacket, a hat, scarf and gloves.
DECEMBER (pol. Grudzień)
December is much more pleasant than November because is usually not that rainy, even tho its a bit more chilly with the average daily temperature of -1°C and rage -6°C to 6°C.
The snow doesn’t appear in December that often, but sometimes you can notice a little of it on your coat 🙂 Armored with warm cloths you can start exploring amazing Christmas Markets around Poland, is totally worth it!
You should definitely pack your warm clothes and underwear. A hat, scarf and gloves are essential. And of course, your Christmas sweater!
JANUARY (pol. Styczeń)
It’s full wintertime, the coldest month of the year with an average daily temperature of -5°C, but sometimes it can get much colder, – 10°C is normal day temperature for this month, it can get worse up to -20°C. It’s not all, January is also the snowiest month of the year!
It’s a perfect time to go skiing! January’s weather promotes this type of entertainment. The snow is not sticky, so even if you are just starting your adventure with winter sports, you should find the perfect conditions.
Be sure to bring a heavy coat or parka, gloves, warm hat and scarves to keep your exposed skin well protected from the low temperatures.
FEBRUARY (pol. Luty)
Is not that different from January, another really cold month to survive in Poland. Temperatures are slightly going up, but you can still expect to freeze up to -15°C, however daily average temperature is about -2°C. Use your last month of Erasmus and go to Zakopane – Polish Winter Capital!
Remember that in the mountains will be much colder, take with you thermic sports underwear and cloths.
Spring semester is definitely much warmer! Depend on the university it’s starting in Poland around March 1rst (or last week of February). Most of the students are arriving mid- February. What can you expect?
Springtime in Poland is really beautiful! It’s starting to get warm, sunny, and, most importantly, amazingly green! The most beautiful flowers start to blossom and Polish cities look like flowery fairytales!
MARCH (pol. Marzec)
But not so fast. March is still quite a cold month with an average temperature of 4°C and range from -7°C up to +7°C, so still pretty chilly. March tends to be a bit rainy, but there is much more sunlight during the day!
Warm coat, gloves, hat and scarf are still needed!
April days feels much warmer with its the average temperature of 12°C. Spring finally arrives so you can expect to see blossom trees, green grass and snow. Yes, you read it right. April in Poland is the most changeable month when it coming to the weather. There is even a saying: “April-weaves because it intertwines: part winter, part summer.”
What to wear? Much lighter coat and shoes, don’t forget sunglasses and suncream as the sun is quite strong in April and it can give you sunburn without protection!
MAY (pol. Maj)
Finally, it’s starting to get really warm! The average high for the month hits a nice and warm 20°C. Poles love may! We have this thing called “majówka” which are long may weekends” (well, in reality only the first one is long as 1rst and 3rd of may are free and usually combined with weekend gives you 4-5 days off), on which we’re going out: to the mountains, lakes, baltic sea. Just anywhere out to admire beautiful nature and warm weather. It’s good to plan those days upfront and go sightseeing!
Nights can be still chilly, so pack a light jacket and some long-sleeves.
JUNE (pol. Czerwiec)
The temperature in Poland in June grows closer to that of summer with an average of 25°C. Even though the days are getting warmer and longer, the rainfall chances increase this month, tho you can experience long days and short nights. At the peak of June 20th there is almost 17h of sunlight! It’s the longest day in Poland!
Sunglasses are must, but also umbrella can be useful those days.
Your Erasmus time in Poland has come to the end, but you can always extend your stay and experience polish summer!
This time of the year is very warm in Poland, enabling tourists to lay in the sun, relax by the pool or the lake and to take long bicycle trips. Temperatures in July & August can reach up to 35°C so cities can be a bit unpleasant to live & sightsee.
I hope this article gave you a bit more knowledge and information about weather conditions.
It’s time to start packing for your Erasmus time in Poland!
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