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Munich is known for its continental climate. The average of sunshine lies around about 2 hours per day. Precipitations don’t take long. Munich has more snow than any other city in Germany. In the summer temperatures can go above 30 degrees and in the winter below -10 degrees.

Munich has a continental climate, strongly modified by the proximity of the Alps. The city´s altitude and proximity to the northern edge of the Alps mean that precipitation is high. Rainstorms can come violently and unexpectedly.

Winters last from December to March. Munich experiences cold winters, but heavy rainfall is rarely seen in the winter. The coldest month is January with an average temperature of −2°C (28 °F). Snow cover is seen for at least a couple of weeks during winter. Summers in Munich city are warm and pleasant with an average maximum of 23°C (73°F) in the hottest months. The summers last from May until September.

An oddity of Munich is the Föhn, a warm downwind from the Alps can raise temperatures sharply within a few hours, even in winter. These winds are sometimes associated with illnesses ranging from migraines to psychosis. The first clinical review of these effects was published by the Austrian physician, Anton Czermak in the 19th century. Residents of Munich sometimes use the Föhn as an excuse for having a bad mood, which should not be taken too seriously.

Holiday Seasons 2015

It´s a little bit calmer, when the schools in Munich are closed. Many of the families are on their own vacations. It´s less crowded within the public transport and the streets.

Here an overview of the bavarian holidays 2015 /2016:

  • Spring break: 16.02. - 20.02.2015
  • Easter holidays: 30.03. - 11.04.2015
  • Whitsun holidays: 26.05. - 05.06.2015
  • Summer holidays: 01.08. - 14.09.2015
  • Autumn holidays: 02.11. - 07.11.2015
  • Christmas holidays: 24.12.2015 - 05.01.2016


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* Text (excerpt) from Munich from Wikitravel [CC BY-SA 3.0]), List of the authors

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