The climate in Hungary

Average daytime and nighttime temperatures

All climatic diagrams of this page are taken from the collected data from 32 measuring stations in Hungary.
All data correspond to the average monthly values of the last 20 years.

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Climate zone: Moderate zone of the northern hemisphere

The climate in Hungary widely corresponds to the German weather conditions. It is cold, wet and a few beautiful summer months are also happening. Due to the warmer temperatures the best time for traveling is from May to September. Nearly unattractive for tourists are the cold months from November to March.

Duration of daylight and sunshine in Hungary

hours of sunshine per daySunshine hours per day in Hungary
rainy days per monthRainy days per month in Hungary
Precipitation in mm/dayPrecipitation in Hungary
Relative humidity in %Relative humidity in Hungary
Absolute humidity in g/m³ (approx.)Absolute humidity in Hungary

Temperature records of the last 72 years

The hottest temperature measured from 1949 to June 2021 was reported by the Szeged weather station. In June 2021 the record temperature of 38.4 °C was reported here. The hottest summer from July to September, based on all 8 weather stations in Hungary , was recorded in 1950 with an average temperature of 23.6 °C. This average temperature will normally be measured every 4 to 6 hours, thus also including the nights. Normally, this value is 19.7 degrees Celsius.

The coldest day in these 72 years was reported by the weather station Szeged. Here the temperature dropped to -11.3 °C in January 2021. Szeged lies at an altitude of 83 meters above sea level. The coldest winter (January to March) was in 1963 with an average temperature of -2.2 °C. In Hungary, it is usual to have about 4.6 degrees more at 2.4 °C for this three-month period.

The most precipitation fell in August 1955. With 8.4 mm per day, the Budapest weather station recorded the highest monthly average of the last 72 years. Incidentally, the region with the most rainfall for the whole year is around Nagykanizsa. The driest region is near Szeged.

Long-term development of temperatures from 1971 - 2020

In contrast to single record values, a long-term development cannot simply be brought about by all weather stations in the country. Both the number and the locations are constantly changing. A simply calculated average value would give a falsified result. If several measuring stations in particularly cold mountain or coastal regions are added in one year, the average would already decrease as a result of this alone. If a station fails during the summer or winter months, it does not provide any values and falsifies the average again. The subsequent long-term development was therefore reduced to only 1 measuring points in order to have actually comparable data over as long a period as possible.

In the years 1971 to 2020 there were only these 1 weather stations in the whole country, which reported continuous temperature values (Pecs Pogany). From these weather reports we have created a long-term development that shows the monthly average temperatures. The hottest month in this entire period was 1992 with 25.4 °C. 1985 was the coldest month with an average temperature of -5.5 °C.

The average annual temperature was about 10.5 °C in the years after 1971 and about 12.3 °C in the last years before 2020. So in less than 50 years it has increased by about 1.8 °C. This trend only applies to the selected 1 weather stations in Hungary. A considerably more comprehensive evaluation of the global warming has been provided separately.

Long-term development of temperatures in Hungary

More detailed information on global warming with a view by continent can also be found on our topic page on climate change. Data basis: German Weather Service, individual values averaged and supplemented by own elements.