Munich, where it lies

In Munich, the capital of the state of Bavaria, located in south-eastern Germany, 500 meters (1,600 feet) above sea level, the climate is continental, with cold winters and mild to pleasantly warm summers. Owing to its location far from the sea and close to the Alps, the city is exposed to cold waves, so it is often the coldest city in all of Germany, while in summer, it is subject to thunderstorms. The city is also subject to the Föhn, a warm and dry wind that descends from the mountains (the Bavarian Alps to the south, which become clearly visible when this wind blows because it clears the air) and is capable of causing a rapid increase in temperature and a decrease in relative humidity; this wind is most common in autumn (but it can also blow in winter and spring).
The daily average temperature ranges from 0 °C (32 °F) in January to 18.5 °C (65.5 °F) in July. Here are the average temperatures.
Munich - Average temperatures
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min (°C)-3-3148111313951-2
Max (°C)3491419222424191474
Min (°F)272734394652555548413428
Max (°F)373948576672757566574539

Precipitation is quite abundant, close to 1,000 millimeters (40 inches) per year. Owing to afternoon thunderstorms, the rainiest period is from May to August, when rainfall exceeds 100 mm (4 in) per month. In the other seasons, the rain often falls in the form of short showers (sometimes even of snow), or in the form of drizzle or light snow. Here is the average precipitation.
Munich - Average precipitation
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Prec.(mm)504560709513013011085657060965
Prec.(in)21.82.42.83.75.15.14.33.32.62.82.438
Days1091111121412111091111129

Winter, from December to February, is cold: the temperature is on average a few degrees above freezing (0 °C or 32 °F) during the day, and a few degrees below at night.
However, different weather situations can occur.
When the westerlies blow, the temperature remains above freezing during the day, and around freezing at night; rain can fall during the day, and maybe a light snow in the coldest hours.
When the Föhn blows, the temperature can exceed 10 °C (50 °F), and it can sometimes be mild even at night.
On anticyclonic periods, the weather is cold, the sky is gray and fog can form, and sometimes, the temperature remains below freezing even during the day. Fog is more frequent in the northern part of the city.
On the other hand, 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. Minimum temperatures around -15 °C (5 °F) are not so rare, and in the coldest winters, which in the past used to be more frequent, they can drop below -20 °C (-4 °F). Here are some values recorded in the past: February 1929: -31.5 °C (-24.5 °F), March 1929: -20 °C (-4 °F), February 1940: -24 °C (-11 °F); January 1942: -30 °C (-22 °F); January 1947: -27.5 °C (-17.5 °F); February 1956: -28 °C (-18 °F); January 1985: -27.5 °C (-17.5 °F); February 1986: -23 °C (-9 °F); December 1996: -20 °C (-4 °F); February 2012: -22 °C (-8 °F).
Snowfalls in Munich are frequent, and often occur in the form of light snow, but sometimes they can be abundant.

Spring, from March to May, is initially cold, then it gradually becomes milder, however, cold weather can return, and late snowfalls and frosts are possible still in April. Some cold days, with highs around 10 °C (50 °F) and lows around freezing, can also occur in May, especially in the first half of the month. On sunny days, in April and May, the temperature can become mild, or even warm, during the day, but the daily temperature range is often considerable, so that nights can remain a bit cold.
Typically, by the second half of May, the temperature becomes permanently acceptable, and there can be the first warm days, with highs around 25 °C (77 °F) or even above.

Summer, from June to August, is pleasantly warm during the day, though nights can be cool when the sky is clear, and sometimes even a little cold. Atlantic disturbances may pass over the city even in this season, bringing cool and rainy days, though less frequently than in northern Germany. There can also be some hot and sunny days, with temperatures reaching 28/32 °C (82/90 °F), however, with some risk of afternoon thunderstorms, sometimes intense and accompanied by hail. More rarely, the temperature can even exceed 35 °C (95 °F).

Autumn, from September to November, is initially pleasant, ie in the first half of September, then it gradually becomes more cold, dull and wet. The first night frosts usually occur in November, but sometimes also in October. On calm nights, fog can form, while the Föhn can bring mild and clear days.
During the Oktoberfest, which is held in the last two weekends of September and in the first of October, you can expect minimum temperatures around 5/8 °C (41/46 °F) and maximum temperatures around 15/18 °C (59/64 °F). When the Föhn blows, highs can reach 25 °C (77 °F), while on other occasions, especially in early October, it can be colder, with highs about 10 °C (50 °F), hence, already with almost winter-like weather. You can check the weather forecast just before leaving, or you can bring spring/autumn clothes, with some warmer clothes (a warm jacket, a sweater), for the evening and for colder days.

Munich, Marienplatz

Munich does not get a lot of sun in autumn and winter, in fact, the sun rarely shines from November to February. It goes a bit better in late spring and summer, since there are on average 7/8 hours of sunshine per day from May to August: for a German city, it's no small thing. Here are the average sunshine hours per day.
Munich - Sunshine
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Hours234678875422

Best Time


The best time to visit Munich runs from mid-May to mid-September, since it is 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, or a raincoat, which can be useful for sudden thunderstorms.