- Climate & Seasons
The climate of the Czech Republic can be categorized as continental or temperate, which is variable, and there are no recognizable climatic zones. Temperatures generally decrease with increased elevation (hilly areas) but are reasonably constant around the southern half of the country with the mean average temperature being 7–9°C.
- Winter temperatures (November – March ) range from -5°C to 11°C and may drop to even -15°C. Winters are cloudy, snowy and windy. The amount of daylight is usually low; the sun rises at around 6–7 am and sets between 4–5 pm. December and January are the coldest months of the year. Have winter thermal wear, coats, cap, gloves (screen touch friendly to access your phone), high rise boots with good grip. Use skin moisturisers and lip balms to avoid cracked skin due to the chilly winds.
Tip: People who have never experienced such low temperatures for longer periods of time should be cautious and have proper winter wear. Please dress in layers of outdoor clothes (sweat suits, thermals and then a winter coat or jacket) instead of using a single jacket or an overcoat. Excitement for snow is natural for first-timers, but precautions must be taken when exposing yourself to longer time outdoors (you may have internal inflammations due to cold temperatures).
- Summers are typical with an average temperature ranging from 15°C to 26°C, extended daylight time (the sun rises between 4–5 am and sets between 9–10 pm). On some peak summer days, the temperature reaches 35°C due to heat waves. The relative humidity is relatively low, and it’s always necessary to stay hydrated. May, June and July are the hottest months of the year.
Tip: Use regular light-coloured clothes and always use sunscreen to protect your skin and eyewear to protect your vision in style. Being active and spending many hours in the sun would enrich you with Vitamine D and compensate for your winter losses.
- In spring (mid-March to mid-May), the snow melts in most areas, and the first flowers appear.
- Autumn (September to mid-November ), October is usually chilly (10–14°C with rainy and sunny days.
The typical thing about both the Spring and Autumn months is the changing colours in nature. The seasons are elegant and beautiful with transitions in the climate and weather conditions.
- Rains are also prominent in the Czech Republic, where annual precipitation ranges from (450 mm–1500 mm). The hottest months also have the most rainfall, as the hot air brings the highest level of rain to the Czech Republic.
Tip: Climate and weather highly vary in the Czech Republic throughout the year. Always keep track of the weather forecast a week before and make your plans accordingly.
- Time: The time is CET (Central European time, GMT +2).
Daylight Saving Time: Daylight Saving Time (DST) changes occur twice every year.
Start DST: last Sunday of March (time changes 1 hour forward)
End DST: last Sunday of October (time changes 1 hour back)
Example: DST Changes in 2022
· On 27 Mar 2022 – Daylight Saving Time Starts
When the local standard time was about to reach
Sunday, 27 March 2022, 02:00:00 clocks were turned 1 hour forward to
Sunday, 27 March 2022, 03:00:00 local daylight time instead.
Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour later on 27 Mar 2022 than the day before. There was more light in the evening.
It’s also called Spring Forward, Summer Time, and Daylight Savings Time.
- On 30 Oct 2022 – Daylight Saving Time Ends
When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, 30 October 2022, 03:00:00 clocks are turned 1 hour back to
Sunday, 30 October 2022, 02:00:00 local standard time instead.
Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on 30 Oct 2022 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning.
It’s also called Fall Back and Winter Time.
Note: Mobile phones / electronic gadgets connected with Sim or Wifi show the automatically adjusted times according to DST. But please be careful if you are using analogue wall clocks or watches.