Most of Germany has a temperate seasonal climate in which humid westerly winds
predominate. The climate is moderated by the North Atlantic Drift, which is
the northern extension of the Gulf Stream. This warmer water affects the areas
bordering the North Sea including the area along the Rhine, which flows into
the North Sea. Consequently in the north-west and the north, the climate is
oceanic; rainfall occurs year round with a maximum during summer.
Winters are mild and summers tend to be cool, though temperatures can exceed
30 °C (86 °F) for prolonged periods. In the east, the climate is more continental;
winters can be very cold, summers can be very warm, and long dry periods are
often recorded. Central and southern Germany are transition regions which vary
from moderately oceanic to continental.
In addition to the maritime and continental climates that predominate
over most of the country, the Alpine regions in the extreme south and, to a
lesser degree, some areas of the Central German Uplands have a so-called mountain
climate. This climate is characterized by lower temperatures because of higher
altitudes and greater precipitation caused by air becoming moisture-laden as
it lifts over higher terrain.
Best Time to Visit Germany:
As with most European countries, Germany is a year-round destination but
not especially dependable weather-wise. In general terms though, it's temperate
throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters - prolonged periods
of frost or snow are rare. Rain falls throughout the year. The average January
daytime temperature is 3°C (38°F) and in July is 22°C (72°F). Extremes commonly
reach -10°C (5°F) in winter and 35°C (95°F) in the summer months.
May through to September are therefore the most popular months in terms
of tourist numbers, although the winter holidays (and their attendant Christmas
markets) are also a big draw. January through to April will appeal to those
who enjoy the benefits of uncrowded attractions, although be aware that cities
like Berlin rarely witness slow periods at any time of year. Prices tend
to be slightly higher over the summer months. One other thing to bear in mind
is that hotel rates can increase when large trade shows are in town (potentially
a problem in Frankfurt, for example).
Clothes in Germany:
Clothes you must have by visiting Germany are European clothes with light- to mediumweight in summer, medium- to heavyweights