Krakow’s summer temperatures (June-Aug) hover at around 20°C-25°C (68°F-77°F), although rainfall is at its heaviest then, too. Winter months (Nov-Feb) are dry, with temperatures below freezing and frequent snowy spells, which can last until March. Late spring (April-May) is pleasantly warm, as is September. Note that Krakow’s continental climate sometimes sees summer heat waves soar above 30°C (86°F), while harsh winter temperatures can plummet below -20°C (-4°F).
Celebrate midsummer in June by releasing flower wreaths down the Vistula during Wianki (tel. 12/424 9650; www.wianki.krakow.pl). Klezmer melodies rise up over Kazimierz district during July’s Jewish Cultural Festival (tel. 12/431 1517; www.jewishfestival.pl), while the All Souls Jazz Festival (www.krakowskiezaduszkijazzowe.xt.pl) fills music venues in October and November. December’s highlight is the Szopki Competition (tel. 12/429 3791), when Krakovians gather in the Old Town’s Market Square to show off their lavishly decorated homemade nativity scenes.
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