When to visit Ljubljana?
I am Primož, one of Vandrovc-Globetrotter team – as You are, dear travelers. I have been living and guiding in Ljubljana a big part of the last 14 years. After blog How and why visit Ljubljana, You will probably ask Yourself When to visit Ljubljana? Many of our guests are really surprised when they learn about or experience a huge difference among different seasons in Ljubljana. For example, the difference between the highest measured temperature in Ljubljana (40 degrees C (104 degrees F) and the lowest measured temperature in Ljubljana (-20 degrees C (-4 degrees F) could be up to 60 degrees C (100 degrees F)! We listed some facts that You will be able to find weather pattern and season in Ljubljana that suits the best to You.
In the blog You could find more about:
- Well-marked, four seasons in Ljubljana.
- Spring seasons in Ljubljana - weather and happening in March, April and May.
- Summer seasons in Ljubljana - weather and happening in June, July and August.
- Autumn seasons in Ljubljana - weather and happening in September, October and November.
- Winter seasons in Ljubljana - weather and happening in December, January and February.
Well-marked, four seasons in Ljubljana.
While You are planning Your visit to Ljubljana it is important to think about weather pattern and climate. We do suggest You this because four seasons in Ljubljana are really well-marked. In other words, there is a big difference among them. This is great because like this You have the opportunity to choose what suits best to You. Each season is also different when we are talking about happening.
Ljubljana ranks among the wettest European capitals with a yearly precipitation of 1400 mm. These do not mean that we are having all the time cloudy with precipitation. But when we do have it the amount of precipitation is a bit higher than in the average European city. Like always it is possible to find positive side-this is valid also for precipitation. For example, Greenness of the area and in Ljubljana You could get some of the best drinkable tap water in the world.
Ljubljana has a continental climate because of geographical position. Ljubljana climate and seasons are affected by the Alps/Alpine climate and the Mediterranean, South Europe/Mediterranean climate.
Some of season weather patterns are constant - in short:
- Moderately cold winters - Yes, Your dream of the white Christmas could happen in Ljubljana,
- Legendary unpredictable and beautiful, blooming springtime when every type of weather is possible,
- Warm and hot summers when You realize that we are super close to South Europe,
- Autumn-magical with its colors of the fall and on average a bit rainier.
Spring seasons in Ljubljana-weather and happening in March, April and May.
Like we mentioned spring weather is legendary unpredictable and beautiful (These are proving even Slovenian traditional Sayings). Mainly because the main artist – Nature and its Vegetation is starting to wake up after winter to start a new growing season. Therefore, Trees and flowers are in fool bloom usually the second half of April and May. During spring seasons in Ljubljana, You could feel a new beginning also among people. As an illustration, sometimes we could say: “love is in the air” while we are spending our time of Ljubljana. For instance, in the center where Terraces of cafes are packed with locals. Especially on warm sunny days after the long winter season, locals are meandering around in a leisurely way. It is lively, colorful and dynamic but there are still not as many foreign travelers around as in the Ljubljana summer season.
More details about the weather in Ljubljana during spring seasons.
The fact is that the second part of March it is the end of winter season and the beginning of the spring season. Therefore, we could get throughout the whole period winter conditions with freezing temperatures around 0 °C, even snow it is possible. In spring it is also a bit higher potential to have rain. As said temperatures could vary a lot in this period mostly from 5°C to 25°C. Usually it depends if it is a sunny or rainy day and how close to summer, we are.
Summer seasons in Ljubljana - weather and happening in June, July and August.
Warm, hot summers when You realize that we are super close to South Europe. In this period, we have on average a bit higher humidity and more days with sun. Days are also noticeably longer, with up to 15 h of sunlight per day.
In the summertime Ljubljana is the liveliest and the greenness of the area is outstanding. Cafes and restaurants by the river are full and there are many concerts and other open-air cultural or even sports events. It is worth to mention one simple, great option: street artists on the streets. Especially it is great to enjoy them in the warm, laid back evenings. P.s. do not miss the Trnovo festival in August. You will notice in the center that there are more international travelers and fewer locals. This is because locals are traveling a lot in that period - especially to the Adriatic coast and to the Alps.
More details about the weather in Ljubljana during summer seasons.
As mentioned in summer the weather in Ljubljana is under the influence of air currents coming from the Mediterranean area. This is possible because the closest coastline is just 100km away.
June, July and August are the hottest months of the year and temperatures could vary from 20°C to 35°C. There are on average more than 10 days per year with temperatures above 30°C.
Especially in the summer heat-storms are relatively common and can be quite heavy - often even with lightning and hail. It is good to take it into account, especially if You decide for a day bike trip around Ljubljana away from urban areas.
Autumn seasons in Ljubljana-weather and happening in September, October and November.
Autumn is on average the wettest part of the year. Although this fact is not important anymore when we are starting to talk about amazingly colorful fall. Your visit could be unforgettable because of trees which are turning their leaves into brown, yellow, red, etc. Sometimes the impression is like that trees are shining. This magic of nature will be for You in Ljubljana and in amazing forests of Slovenia from the middle of October till the last half of November.
Local tip: If There is rain, while You are visiting Ljubljana, there is always an option to visit the best caves in the world. You could find them in the Slovenian Karts region, mostly just 50km away.
In Ljubljana, You will notice that foreign travelers are mostly gone and that locals are back. Especially students are noticeable because of the beginning of the new school year.
More details about the weather in Ljubljana during autumn seasons.
Days can still be sunny and warm - especially in September and the first part of October. Statistically most of the rain You could expect in October and especially in November.
Temperatures could vary a lot in this period from 10°C to 25°C. Mostly depends if it is a sunny or rainy day. Another important factor is how far from the summer we are because days are starting to be noticeably shorter.
Winter seasons in Ljubljana-weather and happening in December, January and February.
Moderately cold winters - yes, Your dream of the white, beautifully decorated Christmas could come true. In this period, you could notice really well that Ljubljana is close to the Alps and therefore affected by the Alpine climate.
It is true that the average temperature is rising also in Ljubljana. Therefore, snow is less common than in the past but You could expect snow from December to February. Because Ljubljana is located in the south of the Ljubljana basin late autumn and winter can witness how fog is covering the city. In times of temperature inversion, this can happen also for a longer period. Tip: You could always find snow and escape from the fog to the closest ski resort Krvavec just 40 km away.
When we talk about happening in December do not miss the outdoor Christmas Market and Christmas decorations of Ljubljana. You could visit it from the end of November till January. Pay attention to open-air concerts which usually organized in the last week before New Year`s Eve celebration. You will notice that this period is popular among locals for gatherings. For sure we could say that this kind of gatherings are one of the highlights of the seasons in Ljubljana. So-called “veseli”-happy December is for us the perfect time to mingle and celebrate the end of the year. Have in mind that most of the events are going on outdoor so do not forget warm clothes. Besides layers mulled wine and other specialties from the stalls could help you to deal with low temperatures. All this you will be able to enjoy together with impressive Christmas light decoration. Because of the size of Ljubljana decorations are a bit more concentrated in one place which makes a truly fairy tale atmosphere.
More details about the weather in Ljubljana during winter seasons.
Temperatures could vary a lot in this period from -10°C to 10°C. There could be also some days per year with temperatures below -10°C. January is on average the coldest month with temperatures around 0°C.