Guest Author - Barbara Swiech
The first two seasons of the year – Winter and Spring – have been covered by separate article. But of course typical Polish weather allows us to see the difference between the 2 latter ones. Most of the tourists visit Poland in Summer. They invade Polish cities, mountains and the seaside. Many of them – when comparing the weather in their country of origin – may be surprised by some small differences. It may be even that they had wrong image of Polish weather.
Let’s find out together what we can expect from typical Polish Summer and Autumn. But of course, some seasons may simply not be typical and surprise even the Poles.
Probably for most of the kids Summer is especially associated with Summer holidays – especially that its two hottest months (July and August) – are free from school. This is the time when whole families depart for vacation, sleep in the tents, camping houses, hike in the mountains or bath in the sea. But some find it hard to plan the holidays while you may never know whether you encounter 2 weeks of sun or two weeks of rain. That is probably why many Poles choose nowadays foreign resorts such as Egypt or Croatia.
During Summer in Poland one may get just as good and strong suntan as in some of countries that are popular summer resorts. The temperature tends to go to over 30 Celsius degrees. The evenings are warm and we cannot stand the bus drives as it gets so hot inside that one cannot breath.
Popular Polish Summer resorts? Surely the Baltic Sea – although do not expect the warmth and cleanliness of the sea compared to other famous resorts, Masuria - with its beautiful lakes and nature, the Tatras – that offer hikes and unique mountain suntan. Summer in the city might be challenging though.
Many associate it with rain and the fall of the year. It is indeed truth – Autumn in Poland may be very rainy, it may be grey and depressing. But on the other hand it brings lovely sights. The Poles sometimes call it ‘Polish Golden Autumn’ because of the beautiful colors that the trees covered with leaves give.
September and October may still be very warm during the day, the evenings and mornings might be however frosty. November brings the rain and the first snow in the mountains. Although some might say that Autumn brings interim depression to those that desperately need sun, it still makes us enjoy that unique season of the year.
The above seasons of the year may be pleasantly surprising to those who do not know what to expect when coming to Poland.