Düsseldorf, where it lies

In Düsseldorf, a city located in Western Germany, along the banks of the Rhine River, and the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, the climate is sub-oceanic, humid and rainy, influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, from which the wind blows for much of the year, so that winters are cold but not freezing, while summers are mild. In fact, given the proximity to the ocean, in winter that of Dusseldorf is the mildest area of the whole Germany.
Düsseldorf is located south of the Ruhr, and in the middle of the metropolitan region called Rhine-Ruhr, which includes, in addition to those of the Ruhr, cities such as Mönchengladbach, the same Düsseldorf, Wuppertal, Leverkusen, Cologne and Bonn.
The average temperature ranges from 3 °C (37.5 °F) in January to 19 °C (66 °F) in July. Here are the average temperatures.
Dusseldorf - Average temperatures
Min (°C)0035912141411841
Max (°C)671115192224242015106
Min (°F)323237414854575752463934
Max (°F)434552596672757568595043

Precipitation is relatively abundant, about 800 millimeters (31.5 inches) per year, but above all it is frequent and well distributed over the seasons. However, the rainiest season (at least in quantity) is summer, the least rainy season is spring. Rainfall often occurs in the form of short showers or drizzle, whereas during the summer, thunderstorms can break out in the afternoon.
Here is the average precipitation.
Dusseldorf - Average precipitation

The wind blows frequently, and can be intense, especially from November to March.

Winter, from December to February, is cold: daytime temperatures are on average a few degrees above freezing (0 °C or 32 °F), while at night they are around freezing; wind and humidity often exacerbate the feeling of cold.
However, different weather situations can occur.
When the westerlies blow, the temperature can be quite mild, and can reach 10/12 °C (50/54 °F).
On the contrary, when the city is reached by cold air masses from Russia, the temperature drops below freezing, for longer or shorter periods, even during the day. The temperature rarely drops below -15 °C (5 °F), however, it can do it in the coldest periods; for example it reached -23 °C (-9 °F) in January 1942, -18 °C (0 °F) in January 1979, -19 °C (-2 °F) in January 1985, and -21 °C (-6 °F) in January 1997.
Snowfalls in Düsseldorf are quite frequent, though usually not abundant, and occur in the form of sleet or light snow, sometimes, however, snow can accumulate on the ground, and last for many days, if it occurs during cold waves.

Spring, from March to May, is initially cold, with possible snowfalls still in March, and then it gradually becomes milder in April and May, although some cold days, with highs around 10 °C (50 °F), can occur even in May, especially in the first half of the month. However, April and May are, albeit slightly, the least rainy and cloudy months.
Typically, by the second half of May the temperature becomes permanently acceptable, and there can be the first pleasantly warm days, with highs around 25 °C (77 °F) or even above.

Summer, from June to August, is mild, and the flow of Atlantic fronts does not cease even in this season. The wind blows quite often from the North Sea, which is not far, and even rainfall is quite frequent.
However, there are pleasant periods, with daytime temperatures between 20 °C and 25 °C (68 °F and 77 °F), but also cooler periods, with daytime temperatures remaining below 20 °C (68 °F). At night it can be a bit cold, and the temperature can drop below 10 °C (50 °F) even in July and August. Sometimes there can be hot days, with the temperature reaching 30/32 °C (86/90 °F). The highest records are around 37/38 °C (99/100 °F), as happened for instance in August 2003 and July 2015.

Autumn, from September to November, is initially pleasant, ie in the first half of September, then it gradually becomes more cold, dull, wet and windy. The first night frosts usually occur in November, but sometimes also in October.


Düsseldorf does not get a lot of sun, especially from November to February, when the sun rarely shines. It goes a bit better from May to August, when the weather is variable, and between one disturbance and another the sun can come out. There are on average 6/7 hours of sunshine per day from May to August.
Dusseldorf - Sunshine

Best Time

The best time to visit Düsseldorf runs from mid-May to mid-September, since it's the mildest of the year. July and August are the warmest months. However, it's better to bring a sweatshirt or sweater, a light jacket and an umbrella, for cool and rainy days.