The climate in the Weinviertel in generally categorized as “Pannonian”. It is thermally continental and hygrically relatively oceanic.
This translates to the following long term (1971-2000) averages:
- Average yearly temperature: +9° to +10° C
- Average highest yearly temperature: +33° C
- Average lowest yearly temperature: -18° C
- Sunshine duration: 1,750 to 1,900 hours per year
- Average yearly precipitation: 400-600 mm
- Days of precipitation greater than 1mm: 80-90 per year
- Days with snow deeper than 1cm: 30-35 per year
- Summer days (max. over 25° C): 55 to 65 per year
- Hot days (max. over 30° C): 15 days per year
- High wind days (gusts greater than 60 km/h): 15 to 35 days per year
Generally speaking, this means hot summers, cold winters and very little precipitation. A hallmark of the regional climate is the rapid transition from winter to spring. The majority of precipitation occurs in summer with short, but frequently heavy thunderstorms. Long, persistent periods of rain are seldom. Relatively little snow falls in winter, which is usually quickly blown away by wind.
Climate Development in Austria 1961-2004
Because climate change is currently a common theme of discussion, climate data from the past decade follows.
|Community||Elevation in m.a.s.l.||Ø Temperature 1961-1990||Ø Temperature 1994-2004||Difference|
Comparison of the average temperatures from 1961-1990 and 1990-2004 reveal that Austria’s northern wine-growing areas (particularly in the vicinity of Hollabrunn, Retz and Langenlois) are warmer by 0.4 to 0.6 °C on average.
Temperature Maximum and Minimum
|Community||Elevation in m.a.s.l.||max. August average|
|max. August average|
|Change August average||min. January average|
|min. January average|
|Difference January average|
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Values in °C. Source: ZAMG Vienna, ÖWM.
The average annual maximum and minimum temperatures (max. in August and min. in January) also show a shift in development. While the maximum temperatures increased by 1-4 °C, the minimum temperatures are 1 degree more on average. An average increase in temperature is thus confirmed.