Spring is usually glorious with abundant
sunshine and scattered showers. The temperature starts to rise markedly in
April, highs usually reach the 25°C mark at the end of the month, though short
cold spells with lows in the 0-5°C zone and ground frost may strike even in
Summers have a split personality: prolonged
hot periods with highs between 32-35°C interchange with short, cooler, wet
periods following cold fronts from the West with highs between 18-25°C.
Humidity is occasionally high in summer mostly secondary to the influence of
the mediterranean. However in general the heat is dry, and nighttime
temperatures are very pleasant especially in the residential suburbs. In the
asphalt jungle of Pest however temperatures above 25°C at midnight are not
uncommon. Thunderstorms, some of them can be violent with heavy gusts and
torrential rainfall are not rare. Budapest marks the northernmost
point for hot summers on the continent. The highest
temperature ever recorded was 40,7°C on July 20, 2007.
Highs can stay above 20°C until the end of
October. Nights get colder and the first frost arrives usually in the second
week of October. Short cool spells vary with brilliant weather, the Indian
Summer can last for weeks on end. November brings abundant rain, sometimes snow
and a drastic fall in temperature (a 10°C fall throughout the month).
Winters are variable and unpredictable.
Westerly winds bring mild oceanic air with highs between 5-10°C, almost no frost
and scattered rain or snow showers. Depressions moving in from the
Mediterranean Sea can bring snowstorms with 20–40 cm falling in a single day,
followed by bitter cold air from Russia. Atlantic depressions and south wind
can bring unusually warm weather with highs reaching 15°C even in January. The
Siberian high brings every other year a brilliantly sunny but very cold period
lasting for a week or two with lows in the -15-20°C range. Anticyclones with
centres above Western Europe produce cold inversion fog with no change in day
and night-time temperatures, they stay around or a bit under 0°C. The fog can
last for weeks on end. Mediterranean depressions moving above the inversion fog
layer can bring a day or two of freezing rain.
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