Lithuania Weather and Climate
The northern European state of Lithuania is the southernmost of the three Baltic states. In the west, the Baltic Sea is a natural border, and Lithuania borders Latvia, Belarus, Poland and Kaliningrad.
The capital is Vilnius and is located in the southeast of the country. Over 2.9 million people live in an area of 65,300 square kilometers. This results in a population density of 45 inhabitants per square kilometer.
Vilnius can be reached in around 2 hours by plane from Frankfurt.
Climate in Lithuania
Similar to the other Baltic states, Lithuania has a temperate continental climate. This is characterized by great differences in the summer and winter months. The annual mean temperature is minus 6 degrees, in July it can be up to 17 degrees. The Baltic Sea provides maritime influences in the regions on the west coast.
Even in the winter months, for example, the daytime temperatures in Klaipeda do not usually drop below 0 degrees. In the autumn and winter months, precipitation of up to 90 millimeters can also occur here. Inland, as in the capital Vilnius, the climate is much more continental. The winters are much colder here.
In the winter months November to February temperatures can drop well below 0 degrees, especially at night. Precipitation increases in the summer months and can rise to 78 millimeters in July in the eastern regions. In the summer months, up to 9 hours of sunshine can be on the agenda, which makes the air quite warm.
When to go to Lithuania
From the month of May, the days in Lithuania will be longer and allow varied excursions and sightseeing. Those who prefer to go on a beach holiday on the Baltic Sea should travel to Lithuania in the summer months of June, July or August. At air temperatures of around 20 ° C, the water temperature rises to similar values of up to 19 degrees.
For the hardened, this shouldn’t be an obstacle to taking a dip in the cool water, especially on sunny days. We therefore recommend the summer months of June to August as the best time to travel to Lithuania. The winter months are less suitable for a trip to Lithuania due to the relatively high rainfall and falling temperatures.
Optimal travel time for the regions
In the following overview you can see the best travel time depending on the region (Lithuania).
|Place||Best travel time|
|Klaipeda||June, July and August|
|Vilnius||May, June, July and August|
Temperatures, precipitation, sunshine in Klaipeda (Lithuania)
|Daytime temperature||0 ° C||-0 ° C||3 ° C||9 ° C||15 ° C||18 ° C||20 ° C||20 ° C||16 ° C||12 ° C||6 ° C||2 ° C|
|Night temperature||-5 ° C||-5 ° C||-2 ° C||2 ° C||7 ° C||11 ° C||14 ° C||14 ° C||10 ° C||6 ° C||2 ° C||-3 ° C|
|Water temperature||3 ° C||2 ° C||2 ° C||4 ° C||10 ° C||15 ° C||19 ° C||19 ° C||17 ° C||13 ° C||9 ° C||6 ° C|
|Precipitation in mm||50||31||39||36||39||56||74||83||89||80||90||68|
|Hours of sunshine||1||2||4||6||9||10||9||8||6||3||1||1|
The annual average temperature in Klaipeda is 7 ° C. For comparison: Munich reaches an average of 8.6 ° C, in Berlin it is 9.6 ° C. The warmest month is August (16.8 ° C), coldest month of January with mean values of -2.8 ° C. The maximum water temperature in Klaipeda is 19 ° C. Pleasant bathing is possible from temperatures of around 21 ° C. The months of July, August and September have a water temperature of at least 17 ° C. Bathing is then possible to a limited extent.
The annual precipitation is 735 mm on 129 days with precipitation. For comparison: In Munich, 967 mm, in Berlin 570 mm, precipitation is measured annually. There is no rainy season, i.e. months with more than 175 mm of precipitation. In the months of January, February, March, April, November and December snowfall is possible.
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 9.5 hours of sunshine per day. On average over the year the sun shines for 4.9 hours per day. For comparison: In Munich and Berlin, the sun shines an average of 4.7 hours per day throughout the year.
The following larger towns are nearby and have a similar climate: Klaipėda.
Highlights and attractions
The capital Vilnius has a lot of cultural highlights to offer. The small but nice old town is an attraction. The St. Anne’s Church and the Gediminas Tower are further architectural highlights in Vilnius. In the coastal town of Klaipeda, you should definitely not miss the Kursiu Nerija National Park. Other highlights in Lithuania are the Trakai Castle and the Aquapark in Druskininkai.