Sara and John say...
Enclosed by Germany, France and Belgium, this small, land-locked country in the heart of western Europe enjoys a continental climate of chilly winters and mild summers. Its upland terrain means that temperatures are somewhat lower, and rainfall rather higher, than across lower-lying neighbouring regions. But don’t be too alarmed - conditions are seldom severe!
Through the wintertime, overnight frost is commonplace, but daytime temperatures typically hover just above freezing. Depending on whether the wind is blowing from the mild Atlantic or the cold continental interior, occasional rain and snow regularly vie for dominance. However, most days remain dry, albeit often cloudy.
Spring brings frequent fluctuations between warmth and cold; but there’s an increasing lushness to the landscape in April and May, by which time the risk of snow is fast disappearing.
Summer days are comfortably warm. The altitude means that the country is spared the most stifling temperatures that can afflict other Europeans locations during heatwave conditions. However when showers and thunderstorms do bring a break in the hot weather, they can often be heavier and more prolonged here than in surrounding regions.
Autumn brings a crisp mellowness to the air; and the steep tree-clad hills show off a magnificent display of colours as the first frosts arrive through September and October.
By November, it’s chilly with a marked reduction in sunshine. However the first snows often wait until December to arrive. Layers will be needed for a festive visit to Luxembourg; but the bonus of a White Christmas is more likely than in many neighbouring western European destinations!