What is the Weather Like in Lviv throughout the Year?

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JANUARY

Daytime average temperature: -5… -0 C
Chance of precipitation: low – snow.

Most typically thaws in the day and freezes at night, especially with clear skies. Street and road surfaces often stay slippery. Being dressed too warm is rarely an issue on high humidity days. Mild weather in this months is also common. Short daylight.
Ukrainian winter holiday season throughout this month. Includes New Year, Christmas, Old-style New Year, Epiphany and St. John’s day on January 20 closing the season. Don’t plan any serious work for January, most things would be closed over Christmas. Mountain resorts stay crowded.

FEBRUARY

Daytime average temperature: -2… +3 C
Chance of precipitation: low – snow, rain.

Daytime temperature warms up as daylight increases. Ice storms and fog can be expected. Water proof footwear is essential.
For most people it’s back to business after the winter holidays. February 15 is the day of Stritennia when “winter meets spring”. Snow buildup in the mountains reaches its peak making skiing conditions less dependent on the weather. Skiing in mid-February is the best – less people on the slopes, off-peak prices and plenty of snow.

MARCH

Daytime average temperature: +5…+10 C
Chance of precipitation: moderate – snow, rain.

Warm towards the end of the month but snow flurries can occur. The windiest month of the year. Permanent snow cover on the plains disappears in the first two weeks of March.
Natural snow on ski slopes lasts until the middle of the month turning mushy with rainfall. Storks arrive on March 19 and larks can be heard in the fields. Signs of first vegetation appears in the city from early March. Trails for hiking/biking on plains stay muddy but can be fun with the right gear.

APRIL

Daytime average temperature: +7…+12C
Chance of precipitation: moderate – rain.

Brisk temperature and more sunny days in combination with longer daylight make for the truly spring feeling. Hiking at altitudes above 1200 m is still difficult due to snow.
Opening of the summer hiking/biking season. The best time to observe forest flowers. Fruit trees flower towards the end of the month. Good skiing conditions continue at Drahobrat high altitude resort. Ukrainian Easter holiday most typically falls on April.

MAY

Daytime average temperature: +15…+20C
Chance of precipitation: moderate – rain.

Temperature can fluctuate from cool to hot. Thunderstorms occur frequently followed by long intervals of sunshine. For most people this is the most comfortable time for outdoor activities.
May holidays take the most of the first week of the month followed by Victory Day holiday on May 9. Skiing season at Drahobrat ends around mid-May. Good time to enjoy long bike rides. Around May 15 in the Carpathians shepherds move livestock to high elevation summer pastures.

JUNE

Daytime average temperature: +17…+22C
Chance of precipitation: high – rain.

Carry rain gear on hikes. June temperature can vary from cool to warm with frequent thunderstorms. Weather can be changeable in the mountains with rain and sunshine spells. Longest daylight time – 4 am to 10.30 pm.
Warm temperature, rain and long daylight results in lush vegetation. Fields fill with wild flowers. First edible mushrooms and wild strawberries appear in forests towards the end of the month. Forests become quieter as birds end their mating period. Hazy mornings are common but fog burns out quickly by the strong sun.

JULY

Daytime average temperature: +19…+23C
Chance of precipitation: high – rain.

Continue counting on wet weather. But warm temperature makes this less of an issue for hikers. Possible heat waves are less noticeable at higher altitudes in the mountains. Carry mosquito repellent. Local insects carry no viruses like malaria but can be very annoying.
Fields of wild flowers shift to higher altitudes in the mountains. Forests abound in wild raspberries and blueberries that can be very refreshing on long hikes. Water in most Carpathian lakes and rivers continue to be extremely cold. High grasses hold dew in early hours of the morning – always carry a spare pare of socks when hiking.

AUGUST

Daytime average temperature: +19…+23C
Chance of precipitation: moderate – rain.

The amount of rainfall decreases and periods of sunny weather can last for days. Rainy days towards the end of the month have autumnal feeling. Great period for spending time outdoors but watch out for chilly early mornings when camping out towards the end of the month.
On a sunny weekend in August the Chornohora trail has more hikers than usual. Everyone wants to get there before the change of seasons. Hazelnuts, mushrooms and blackberries can be picked in the forest at this time at lower elevations. The city streets are missing continuous chirping of house martins and storks wander behind plowing tractors before flocking to migrate south.

SEPTEMBER

Daytime average temperature: +15…+20C
Chance of precipitation: moderate – rain.

More rain than in August and the weather is noticeably fresher. Still great time for hiking. Pack a spare sweater in a rucksack when going out.
By the end of the month leaves start turning color. According to the Hutsul shepherds the best weather in the mountains is “between two Holy Mary holidays”, i.e. from the Nativity of the Holy Mary on September 21 until Assumption of Holy Mary on September 14. This is when rain in the first two weeks of September is followed by warm and sunny weather marking the end of the summer.

OCTOBER

Daytime average temperature: +10…+15C
Chance of precipitation: low – rain.

Dry and warm, October is the month of the Indian Summer. Night ground frost is common on clear mornings followed by glorious deep blue skies. Good time to enjoy the outdoors before oncoming winter.
The variety of trees in this part of the world offer the best fall colors. If suddenly hit by early morning frost, trees can shed leaves during the following day. Tiny spiders migrating through the air on threads of cobweb is a typical sign of an Indian Summer here.

NOVEMBER

Daytime average temperature: +5…+10C
Chance of precipitation: low – rain, snow.

Weather can vary from warm and sunny to freezing cold with snow. Typically by min-November nighttime temperate falls below freezing. Hiking in Chornohora National Park is not recommended November through April. Shorter hikes are still possible with consideration for short daylight.
Over the recent years November has been warm and without snow. From November to end of March in Lviv thousands and thousands of crows fly in to city parks for the night where temperature is slightly warmer than outside the city where the birds feed during the day. The sight is so common that residents of Lviv can predict weather from the way in which the birds fly.

DECEMBER

Daytime average temperature: -2…+3C
Chance of precipitation: low – snow.

This is the time of dry and cold weather often with no or little snow cover. When the ground freezes, forest trails covered with fallen leaves offer great opportunity for biking before the snow comes.
The Ukrainian name for December is “hruden”, meaning the month when the ground freezes forming lumps of hard frozen dirt. December is not nearly as busy with Christmas preparations as in the West because the majority of Ukrainians observe Christmas in January. Saint Nicholas brings all children presents on December 19.