Hungary’s climate is classified as continental, bringing hot summers with frequent rain showers, little humidity and cold, snowy winters. Average summer highs range around 74°F, while winter lows hit 25°F with occasional spikes and falls to over 100°F in summer and -10°F in winter. The exception is a small region around Pecs which enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate although winter snows are still common. End-of-day storms occur during the hot, high-summer months.
May through September sees the best weather, with warm days and cooler nights, and spring is wetter than autumn. Late fall and winter weather is mostly chilly and wet with fog is a common factor. Snow falls frequently in the winter months, with heavy coverage in the mountainous regions to the north. September is the driest, with June seeing the most rain, and winter more humidity than the shoulder seasons and summer.
The strong, cold Bora winds blow in the winter, especially in the mountains, bringing snowstorms and occasional white-outs to the ski areas. July is the hottest month, and the climate exhibits regional differences between the warmer south, the typical European continental climate of the central and northern regions and the Atlantic–influenced western areas.
Best Time to Visit Hungary
Every season has its attractions, although most museums and tourist spots are closed during winter. Spring is a beautiful time to visit Hungary with mild weather and flowers in bloom. Summers are unusually long, although crowds can spoil the experience. Fall around the capital is spectacular and one of the best times for trekking and walking. Accommodation and flight costs are highest in summer, but bargains can be found in the shoulder seasons and winter, although the cold and lack of sightseeing may offset the price advantage for many visitors.