Poland is situated in the very centre of Europe. Its climate is a combination of the continental one from the East with the maritime one from the West. That is why the weather in Poland is changeable and difficult to forecast on a long term basis.
Summer can be either hot or cloudy and rainy. The same goes with winter. There can be hardly any snow in one winter, but during the next one it can be everywhere. Still, Polish climate has advantages, for example changeable seasons. Sharp winter ends in March when snow melts due to warm gusts of wind. Summer is warm, often hot, with some storms from time to time which do not leave a single trace the day after. July is the hottest month, but sometimes August is more beautiful. Autumn begins in September, it is warm and sunny in the beginning but it gets worse at night. Green leaves turn brown. Winter in the most part of the country is relatively short. Snowy days and warmer ones intermingle. In the mountains, snow can be found even until May. The coldest months are January and February when temperatures drop 20 degrees centigrade below zero.
In which season should you visit Poland? It all depends on which region you choose and what you want to do during a visit. Many tourists love warm weather that is why summer months are said to be the peak of the season. The biggest crowds can be found of course on the beaches and near large lakes. Most tourists who look for water attractions head for seaside resorts, the Great Lakes Region in Masuria as well as for Morskie Oko in the Tatra Mountains or Lake Solina in the Bieszczady Mountains. Cities also get crowded during summer holiday. Tourists like visiting the most beautiful ones. Kraków, Warszawa, Gdańsk, Sopot, Wrocław, Pozań are all worth recommending. When going on holiday in summer, one must remember about booking both transport and accommodation in advance.
Still, if you do not want to spend holidays with crowds, late spring and early autumn seem to be the best times for a journey. No annoying heat is favourable to comfortable sightseeing. These times should be full of walks in the mountains and visiting urban monuments. The mountains are worth recommending for the summer: unique colours of forests invite tourists, particularly to the Bieszczady mountains and the Beskids. Going on holiday in that time is a good idea mainly due to unique weather which is perfect for walks, horse and bike rides.
Winter time means shorter days and not so good weather, but it does not mean that winter is an awful time for visiting Polish cities. They are teeming with cultural life all year long, numerous parties are held indoors instead of outdoors. Late autumn, winter and early spring are perfect time for party people. The biggest cultural events also take place then. Still, winter is the season which is special particularly for winter sports fans. Poland is mainly a lowland area, but its entire southern border runs along the Carpathian Mountains which guarantee many slopes, lifts and ski routes in different places and for different prices. You should really visit Zakopane, the winter capital of Poland, where amazing unique atmosphere of the mountains awaits.