Lithuania experiences two distinct weather systems due to its location on the Baltic and its latitude. The coastal area falls under a maritime climate, whereas the inner regions and Vilnius have a continental climate throughout the year. Along and near the coast, Lithuania’s temperature ranges from 60°F in summer (June to August), and fall to 29°F in winter (December to February).
In the summer months, Lithuania’s eastern area can reach temperatures more than 70°F, with nighttime lows of 55°F. In winter, pack warm clothes because highs of only -4°F are common, and temperatures of -45°F have been recorded in the far eastern region.
Overall, Lithuania is a relatively wet country. In the maritime zone, more than 30 inches of rainfall is measured throughout the year, while 35 is common in the Samogitia uplands. The far eastern region is usually drier, but still gets more than 20 inches a year. Snow falls regularly between October and March.
Best Time to Visit Lithuania
It is best to visit Lithuania during the months of June, July and August, when the weather is warmest to comfortably enjoy the coastal resorts of the Baltic. The beaches are usually busy at this time though, and prices of hotels and transportation are usually much more expensive. Reservations will have to be made in advance as this is the peak tourist season.
If you’re looking for a more mellow trip, fall (September, October and November) and spring (May) are not bad options. Winter is quieter and cheaper still and Vilnius would make an excellent and inexpensive getaway in the winter.