Clear skies and colder temperatures for the New Year

Clear skies are forecast across Austria for New Year’s Eve - providing an excellent backdrop for fireworks and colder temperatures which is good news for ski resorts.

Clear skies and colder temperatures for the New Year
Kitzbühel in Tyrol. Photo: Anastasia Adamkiewicz/Flickr

Fresh snowfall is forecast for the beginning of next week, but winter sports enthusiasts have been warned that the danger of avalanches is high. Snowfall in the Alps in the past few days means the skiing conditions are good, but skiers are advised to be cautious and stick to the pistes.

The weekend will be sunny and clear across the country – and the nights will be icy cold. According to weather service UBIMET temperatures in the alpine valleys will be as low as minus 15C. “However, the view of the fireworks could not be better,” meteorologist Manfred Spazierer promised.

Colder temperatures in the east of the country have seen the emergency services called out in the last couple of days. The driver of a small transporter van lost control of his vehicle on an icy road in Burgenland. The van flipped over onto its roof and landed in a ditch.

The driver was able to climb out of the car and was not seriously injured, but it took the fire brigade an hour and a half to winch the vehicle out of the ditch.


Forecast: Austria faces sunny weekend but temperatures to drop next week

Despite recent sunny weather, people in Austria will have to brace for wintery temperatures in the coming days.

Forecast: Austria faces sunny weekend but temperatures to drop next week

On Friday, people in Austria woke up to a foggy day that quickly turned into an unexpectedly sunny day with mild temperatures. Still, the country’s weather is about to change, Austria’s meteorologic institute ZAMG said.

Saturday should still have some periods of sunshine, especially in the eastern half of the country – perfect for those who will take part in the Viennese Wine Hiking Day (Wiener Weinwandertag), as temperatures should stay around 15C to 18C during the day.

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In Vorarlberg and Tyrol, however, it may already start to rain, especially south and along the main ridge of the Alps.

Early temperatures in Austria are expected to be between one and eleven degrees, with lower values in the north and daytime highs of 15C to 21C.

Screenshot from ZAMG

On Sunday, dense clouds will dominate and rain is expected in many places. However, a few sunny spells are quite possible in between, most likely in the north and east of the country.

Mostly weak to moderate winds from south to west. Early temperatures will be between six and twelve degrees and daytime highs between 13 and 18 degrees.

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On Monday, sun and partly dense clouds will alternate. In the course of the day, there may be rain showers, especially in the mountains, where the clouds are often thicker.

Early temperatures will be between six and twelve degrees, with daily highs between 13C and 19C.

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Stormy weather from Tuesday

On Tuesday, the unsettled weather will continue. Although there may be sunny spells sometimes, clouds will predominate.

Rain showers are expected in all parts of the country, and it could rain for longer periods in some areas.

Early temperatures are between six and twelve degrees, and daily highs are between eleven and 17 degrees.