The best times to visit Western Europe for ideal weather are
May 21st to September 23rd
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Western Europe Travel Guide
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Weather in Western Europe
Average temperatures in Western Europe vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 57th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Western Europe, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early July where highs are regularly around 76.1°F (24.5°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 58.3°F (14.6°C) at night.
Western Europe Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Western Europe Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Western Europe Perceived Temperature (F)
Western Europe Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Western Europe Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Western Europe are January, February, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late May with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of May 21st.
When can you find snow in Western Europe? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Western Europe.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Western Europe (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Western Europe has some extremely humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (56.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (82%).
Wind in Western Europe is usually moderate. The windiest month is January, followed by December and March. January’s average wind speed of around 9.7 knots (11.1 MPH or 17.9 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid January where average top sustained speeds reach 15.3 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Western Europe.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||9.7||Gentle breeze||14.3||Significant breeze|
|Feb||8.3||Gentle breeze||12.9||Significant breeze|
|Mar||8.4||Gentle breeze||13.5||Significant breeze|
|Apr||7.3||Gentle breeze||12.3||Significant breeze|
|May||7||Gentle breeze||12||Significant breeze|
|Jun||7||Gentle breeze||12.1||Significant breeze|
|Jul||7.1||Gentle breeze||12.5||Significant breeze|
|Aug||6.7||Light breeze||11.8||Significant breeze|
|Sep||7.1||Gentle breeze||11.8||Significant breeze|
|Oct||7.1||Gentle breeze||11.6||Significant breeze|
|Nov||8.3||Gentle breeze||13||Significant breeze|
|Dec||9||Gentle breeze||13.7||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Western Europe?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe, except in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are for Western Europe; exercise normal security precautions and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Oct 07, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Western Europe is April, followed by March and February. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Western Europe in October. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Western Europe Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 68.7°F (20.4°C) and 46.7°F (8.2°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is extremely rare with 0 to 1 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Western Europe, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 69.1°F (20.6°C) and 42.4°F (5.8°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a trivial amount: approximately 0 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is too cold this time of year in Western Europe to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 46.7°F (8.2°C) and 35.6°F (2°C). On average, it rains or snows a insignificant amount: consistently 0 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.
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