Stadion Narodowi - Warsaw, Poland - Panorama landscape photography by Giuseppe Milo via Flickr Creative Commons

Poland experiences a temperate climate, although there are variations between the regions. Due to its position between the Baltic Sea and the European Alps, the country has continental weather in the south, and oceanic influences in the north. Rainfall generally occurs year round, but there is much more precipitation in the winter (December through February) than summertime (June through August). Winter is cold, with temperatures averaging 21°F. Summer is mild to warm, with averages between 70°F and 80°F.

The southwest side of Poland experiences the warmest temperatures in the summer when the mercury can reach more than 90°F in July and August. The Baltic Sea resorts are a favorite hangout during these months. The coldest part of the country is the northeastern region that borders Belarus. This area is severely affected by cold fronts that pass through Poland from the icy lands of Siberia that sees temperatures drop as low as 20°F.

Best Time to Visit Poland

The southern area of Poland is a great spot for winter activities, so ski and snowboard enthusiasts should visit between the months of December and February. The ski resorts are generally more expensive during this time, but cities like Krakow and Warsaw are more affordable. However, avoid the Christmas period, as travelers from all over Europe flock to the major cities for festivals, shopping and family time.

Accommodation and flight costs are at their highest in the summer months of July and August. Domestic and international travelers like to visit Poland when the weather is warm and comfortable for sightseeing. The beaches along the Baltic are thriving with tourists this time of the year. If you're looking for a bargain, consider the fall and spring shoulder seasons.

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