Sara and John say...
Like many of its eastern European neighbours, warm summers and cold winters are the signature of Slovakia’s climate.
Conditions are far less severe in winter than they are further towards Russia. However, temperatures through December to March often hover close to freezing by day in the capital Bratislava, with some severe frosts by night. And the air is colder over the hills and mountains further east across the country. When Siberian winds arrive from the east, so extreme cold can drop the temperature as low as -30 Celsius. However, southerly winds bring occasional thaws. Light snowfall is common through the winter months but deep snow is often confined to the hills and ski resorts of in the north and west of the country.
Spring brings fluctuating temperatures before warmer weather finally emerges by April and May. At this time of year the countryside blossoms into life, making it a favourite time to visit the country.
The summer months are warm and balmy, with daytime highs typically in the low-mid 20s Celsius. Showers become heavier at this time of year, but they are often short-lived. Heatwaves can send the mercury into the mid-30s, punctuated by occasional thunderstorms.
The autumn sees quite rapid cooling, but even through September and October, some pleasant spells can be enjoyed, before the first snows arrive by November.