Weather in Prague follows regular, seasonal patterns. Each season is fairly distinct and unsurprising.
But, hey, it's weather!
So things can get a bit upside down from time to time.
Here are a few general guidelines to help you plan for your trip.
If you are you arriving soon we suggest using a reliable 3 to 5 day weather forecast for Prague. We suggest avoiding long term forecasts.
The weather can be absolutely stunning in the spring and autumn. These seasons offer mild temperatures and Prague's gardens and parks are open.
May and September are particularly good months to visit and explore the city.
The good weather brings plenty of tourists too. So, the popular paths and streets become jammed during spring and autumn.
If you want to avoid the crowds (and save money), then consider coming in the winter.
February and November are ideal months to visit to avoid crowds and save money. And when it snows, Prague is very romantic.
Prague awakens in Spring. New events and rising temperatures make it a great time to visit. Although, March can be a bit cold with occasional snow showers as winter hangs on.
April and May are the best months to come. They usually offer warmer temperatures and more sunshine. A few rainy days will be mixed in but nothing to scare you away.
Consider bringing... a jacket (or warm raincoat), gloves in March, umbrella, hat and sunglasses. Or, skip the umbrella and buy a cheap one while you're out.
Average Low / High Temps: March 0/8 C (33/47 F), April 3/13 C (39/57 F), May 8/19 C (47/67 F)
Summer in Prague can be absolutely beautiful. The city parks turn green and the restaurants open their garden terraces. July and August are definitely warmer since summer has been known to arrive very slowly.
Summer days are quite long and temperatures warm up considerably for July and August. Late July and early August can even be hot and humid. Many locals head for their country cottages and the streets become less crowded.
The summer can be rainy at times - especially in June. But often the rain comes as afternoon summer showers.
If you can, plan a day trip out of Prague to see the countryside in summer. There are plenty of chateaus, castles and fun places not far from Prague. Day trips are a summer must for me and my family.
Consider bringing... a light jacket (definitely), umbrella, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. And some trousers - don't pack only shorts!
Average Low / High Temps: June 11/21 C (52/74 F), July 13/23 C (56/75 F), August 12/24 C (55/76 F) (These are just averages and temperatures can be considerably warmer.)
Early autumn in Prague can be absolutely beautiful. While late autumn can be gray and foggy.
Some of the bluest skies are in September and October weather can be cool but perfect for snuggling.
Visit in the autumn and you will avoid the heat of the summer and take advantage of the changing leaves and open gardens and parks. Consider visiting either Stromovka Park or Hvězda Summer Palace while the leaves are changing.
November can be a bit grumpy though. Winter can start early in November and the days can be gray seemingly without end. But, that means fewer tourists and cheaper accommodation.
Consider bringing... a jacket (warm jacket and gloves for November), hat, warm socks, sturdy walking shoes. Don't expect to wear shorts. You'll be very lucky to get an Indian summer day!
Average Low / High Temps: September 9/18 C (49/65 F), October 5/13 C (42/56 F), November 0/6 C (33/43 F) (These are averages. We've been known to get a little snow in November.)
The sun seems to hide most days and the skies are often gray. On the other hand, there are far fewer tourists during the winter - aside from the holidays.
Prague gets its share of snow, but it's not as regular as the children wish. Most snow comes in January and February and a white Christmas is rare.
Many locals hit the ski slopes and cross country trails in the winter. You can find plenty of cheap skiing in the higher elevations. The skies are often clearer in the mountains as well.
Consider bringing... a very warm jacket, gloves, winter hat, warm socks and very warm winter shoes - especially for walking and sightseeing.
Average Low / High Temps: December -2/2 C (27/36 F), January -3/1 C (26/35 F), February -1/5 C (29/41 F) (These are just averages. It's quite possible it will be colder.)
For a peek at our current weather in Prague, check out these Prague webcams. These offer a look at Charles Bridge from either side of the Vltava River.