Ask any seasoned traveler—weather can make or break your vacation, even to the most stunning destinations. You need to plan your trip with travel-friendly weather conditions in mind.
If you’re thinking of vacationing in Prague, make sure you book your stay during the season that suits the activities and the itinerary you have in mind. We’ve put together this handy Prague weather guide to help you make the most of your trip.
What is the Average Weather in Prague?
Because the climate in the Czech capital is moderately continental, the summers can be comfortably warm, but the winters very cold, oftentimes below freezing temperatures. The skies tend to be partly cloudy all year round, with temperatures ranging from 26 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
Winter in Prague can be very cold, with December and January being the coldest months. The temperature during this season typically ranges from 28.4 to 35.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Snowfall may be frequent, though usually light, and the days are short, with the sun setting around 4:30 p.m. If you’re visiting during this season, bundling up is a must. Be sure to have waterproof clothing on hand as well.
By February, the average temperature starts to rise from 26.6 to 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Days start to get longer, going from eight to a little over nine hours of sunlight. It’s best to prepare warm winter gear for this month.
The weather during spring varies greatly. Expect a mix of warm days and days with possible snowfall. March in general is still relatively cold, though the average temperature may start to climb to 46.4 degrees Fahrenheit well before the start of April. Days are often overcast, but tourists can enjoy up to 13 hours of daylight toward the end of the month.
By April, the temperature climbs up to 57.2 degrees Fahrenheit on average, though there may still be the occasional snow flurry. This trend continues in May, even once spring is in full swing. Temperature in May is at 64.4 degrees Fahrenheit on average, but rainfall is fairly common. Be sure to bring umbrellas on sightseeing tours.
Summertime in Prague brings with it pleasantly warm days, averaging at 73 degrees Fahrenheit, with occasional thunderstorms in the afternoon. The days are much longer, which means more time to enjoy outdoor activities. Nights can still be cool, so bring a light sweater or a jacket if you’re spending the evening outdoors. August is usually the warmest month in Prague.
Autumn transitions from the warmth of summer to the cold of winter, so expect a gradual dip in temperature during these months. In September, temperature ranges from 48 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit, making for pleasant weather all-around. There are still 12 hours of daylight, which gives more than enough time for sightseeing.
By October, the average high temperature dips to 55 degrees Fahrenheit, dipping further to 43 degrees Fahrenheit in November. Daylight hours also start to taper off, with November averaging at around 8.5 hours. While you can get by with sweaters during the start of the season, heavier coats and thicker cold-weather apparel are necessary if you’re staying in Prague until the tail end of autumn.
When is the Best Time to Visit Prague?
Weather-wise, mid-May to mid-September is the best time to visit Prague. These months provide a good amount of daylight for sightseeing. But take note that you may have to navigate larger crowds in Prague’s most popular tourist attractions during this peak season. Flights and accommodations also cost more.
If you want to avoid the crowds, spring is a good time to visit the city. It may still get a bit cool, especially in the earlier months, but it’s mild enough that you can still go around town comfortably. If it does get too cold, you can warm yourself up in the many cafés in the city. Autumn is also a good option to avoid summer crowds, though it can get significantly colder, so be sure to pack warm clothes.