Europe’s Warmest Cities this Winter? Surprise! Prague’s One of Them

Dreaming of warmer Éuropean destinations this chilly Prague winter? You’ve got options.

It’s expat tradition to complain about Prague winters – drab, icy, wet, and not as romantically snow-capped as the postcards would have you believe, the endless gray days of zima in the Czech capital encourage lots of drinking. Inside.

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But while you may dream of escaping to sunnier climes this time of year, you’ll be interested to note that Prague has one of the warmest winter climates within its region (see here for a break down of historic highs and lows in the Czech Republic).

That said, the hottest cities in Western and Southern Europe have considerably higher temperatures during winter than the mildest cities of Eastern and Northern Europe—and Prague ranks as one of the coldest cities for its region—so we won’t blame you for booking a flight to Malta or Portugal.

These weather rankings include national capitals and cities with a population of over one million people. Average daily winter temperatures are given for the five hottest major cities in each European region.

Data is provided by national meteorological agencies via science and weather portal Current Results.

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AVERAGE DAILY TEMPS FOR TOP TEN HOTTEST EUROPEAN CITIES

High °FHigh °CCityLow °FLow °C 
60.415.8Valletta, Malta49.79.8
59.415.2Lisbon, Portugal48.18.9
57.714.3Athens, Greece45.77.6
57.414.1Barcelona, Spain41.25.1
56.413.5Naples, Italy40.74.8
56.213.4Monaco, Monaco42.55.8
56.213.4Nice, France42.55.8
55.913.3Rome, Italy36.72.6
5512.8Tirana, Albania36.62.6
53.511.9Marseille, France38.33.5

WESTERN EUROPE

High °FHigh °CCityLow °FLow °C
56.213.4Nice, France42.55.8
53.511.9Marseille, France38.33.5
47.18.4London, UK37.53.1
46.88.2Dublin, Ireland36.52.5
45.87.7Paris, France37.33.0

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NORTHERN EUROPE

High °FHigh °CCityLow °FLow °C
37.63.1Copenhagen, Denmark29.7-1.3
36.12.3Reykjavík, Iceland27.3-2.6
31.9-0.1Stockholm, Sweden23.9-4.5
30.3-1.0Tallinn, Estonia20.8-6.2
30.1-1.1Oslo, Norway20.5-6.4

EASTERN EUROPE

High °FHigh °CCityLow °FLow °C
38.73.7Sofia, Bulgaria25.7-3.5
38.63.7Bratislava, Slovakia27.7-2.4
38.53.6Budapest, Hungary29.8-1.2
37.63.1Bucharest, Romania25.2-3.8
35.01.7Prague, Czech Republic24.3-4.3

SOUTHERN EUROPE

HIGH °FHigh °CCityLow °FLow °C
60.415.8Valletta, Malta49.79.8
59.415.2Lisbon, Portugal48.18.9
57.714.3Athens, Greece45.77.6
57.414.1Barcelona, Spain41.25.1
56.413.5Naples, Italy40.74.8

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