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Weather in Europe

There are few continents that experience as varied and diverse weather patterns as Europe. Travelling from the colder regions of the North to the sun-kissed areas of the South, you can truly encounter everything from sub-zero temperatures to heat and humidity within the space of a few thousand kilometres. Whatever kind of holiday you're after, the weather in Europe has something to cater to your every need.

Northern Exposure

When you think of Northern Europe, images of snowy mountaintops spring to mind. The further northwards you travel, the chillier it becomes as you get closer to the Arctic Circle. Finland, Sweden and Norway experience especially harsh winter conditions, none more so than the town of Bod? in the north of Norway.

Known as the Land of the Midnight Sun, here it is common for total darkness to engulf the town from morning until evening in winter. During summer on the other hand, the sun never fully sets for an entire month between June and July. The real draw card of this area though is the aurora borealis or Northern Lights. Head to the Svalbard islands in the north of Norway between 21 September and 21 March when the lights are most commonly seen from 6pm until 1am when it is darkest.

Southern Style

The weather in Europe along the southern areas can be typified as authentically Mediterranean - think very hot summers and gentle winters. The Iberian Peninsula is made up of Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar, and is a holiday-maker's dream. An exception though is northern Spain which experiences an oceanic climate, providing a much cooler alternative in summer.

The south of France produces near idyllic weather with 300 days of summer sun reported annually all along the French Riviera. Greece is another tourist haven, with picture-perfect summers creating memorable vacations. The 35?C August temperatures can sometimes become extreme but the "Meltemi" or northern wind provides welcome relief from the relentless sun.

Diversity from East to West

Moving across the continent towards the East, the weather in Europe changes significantly. Western countries like the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany experience mild summers and cold but bearable winters. Along the eastern borders of Europe, lie Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

The climate here is greatly affected by sea currents coming from the west as well as colder air coming from the polar regions of Russia and Scandinavia. A growing tourist hotspot for stunning weather in Europe is Croatia's beautiful Dalmatian Coast. Hvar, Split and Dubrovnik are just a few of the offshore islands that lay nestled in the cool waters of the Adriatic Sea.

Europe Weather Map