A surprising number of different climates are found within the Slovak Republic’s relatively small landmass. The country’s hottest spot is its national capital, Bratislava, where summer temperatures can soar up to 99°F and hover around 68°F long after dark. November to February is the period containing the vast majority of snowfall during Bratislava’s winters, when daily temperatures usually range between 23°F and 50°F.
The country’s more mountainous regions experience colder, longer, and more severe winters when night temperatures plummet to -4°F and snow sticks around well into March and April. Average July temperatures in the mountains hover around the 60°F mark. The Slovak Republic’s basins experience similar cold winters and cool summer temperatures.
Snowfall forms about 20 percent of the country’s annual precipitation. Tornadoes, hurricanes, and landslides are truly rare occurrences here. Hurbanovo, the Slovak Republic’s sunniest community, enjoys over twice as many hours of sunlight per year as the country’s least sunny community, Trstená.
Best Time to Visit Slovak Republic
Each of the Slovak Republic’s four seasons lasts three months and comes with its own unique treasures. The warmest months, from May to September, are the country’s busiest tourism months, but the coldest winter months, from December to April, are the Slovak Republic’s prime skiing months.
The early spring months of March and April, along with the fall months from October to the middle of November, are the Slovak Republic’s low tourism seasons, but visitors who don’t mind the unpredictable weather these seasons bring can stumble upon some spectacular bargains and virtually deserted attractions. The earlier fall months of September and October can also be dry, sunny, and pleasant. Hotels should be booked a year in advance during New Year’s Eve, state holidays, and major festivals.