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Mar 8th, 2012, 03:17 PM
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Bavaria in August? Cool and Rainy?

I've been hearing from a lot of people that Bavaria/Salzburg are quite cool in August and that these areas get above average rainfall for that time of the year.

Even the guide books seem to support this, comparing the region's climate to that of the U.K's.

Any truth to this?

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Mar 8th, 2012, 04:05 PM
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Yes, it's true.
At least during the last, say five years, I remember August as one surprisingly miserable month.
But maybe also a sometimes very hot July added to the subjective feeling that August was more like a late April.
With usually a nice September to follow.

But the Northern range of the Alps sure is a wet, rainy region in summer compared to more arid climates like the Northeast where you have the most hours of sunshine in Germany, half as much precipitation as down here, and usually dry hot summers and dry cold winters.
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Mar 8th, 2012, 07:08 PM
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Germany, and Bavaria included, are susceptible to a couple general patterns. They are ruled in summer either by low pressure systems that stream southeast from Iceland, or high pressure systems that head northeast from the Azores.

You can have weeks of miserable coolness and rain mid-summer - - a summer that never comes - - or a stark hot mecca, depending (sometimes there is a mix - - sometimes you can have weeks of gloom followed by a couple weeks of splendor). Two out of five summers tend to be pretty glorious (you can do the math about how many of the remaining summers tend to be maybe ongoingly disappointing, isolated spurts notwithstanding).

Salzburg, in the position that it is, is famous for times of "Schnurregen" (streams of straight line rain that innundate the town), but I've been there many times in summer and only experienced that once.
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