Spring weather arrives in Austria for the weekend

Unseasonably warm weather in Austria is expected to last into the weekend with a forecast for mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine.

Spring weather arrives in Austria for the weekend
Spring-like weather is forecast for Austria this weekend. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP)

Austria has been hit by snow, sleet and cold temperatures in the past week but spring-like weather has now arrived.

On Thursday in Vienna, the daytime high was forecast to be 14 degrees with mild weather set to continue across the country into the weekend, according to the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG).

On Friday morning, all regions will enjoy sunshine and blue sky with the possibility of fog in the alpine valleys. The morning will be cold but by midday the temperatures will range from three to 12 degrees.

By Friday evening, rain is expected across many parts of the country as clouds roll in, with the possibility of some snow in the Alps.

On Saturday, sunshine and clouds is forecast for most regions with light wind and afternoon temperatures ranging from minus one to plus eight. On Sunday, the sunshine will continue with nationwide temperatures forecast to be between five and 11 degrees. 

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In the alpine regions, where many families are currently enjoying school holidays, the weekend weather will bring sunshine, some cloud and daytime temperatures of between five and seven degrees. 

From Monday, rain is forecast across the west of the country (with snow down to 800 metres above sea level), while the east of Austria will stay dry and sunny. Midday temperatures will be between four and 12 degrees.

A strong Föhn wind is also expected in the South East and South West on Monday, especially on the south side of the Alps. 

On Tuesday, a low pressure front will arrive and heavy rain is forecast from Upper Carinthia to Burgenland.

The weekend warm spell is being dubbed a “mini spring” by meteorologists and has already led to early pollen warnings for allergy sufferers.

However, it is expected that winter is simply on pause right now and colder weather will return to Austria soon.

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Austria is set to experience its first heatwave of the year, with temperatures rising to 30C (86F) in several states, according to forecasts from Austria’s Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG).

Already this Wednesday, the Western state of Tyrol will see high temperatures ranging from 25C to 30C. The state residents can also expect a lot of sunshine throughout the day.

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This Thursday, Styria will be affected by the high temperatures, getting the warmest day of the year so far. In the southeast, it will be up to 30C, and in Upper Styria, 24C to 29C. In all other states, including Vienna, temperatures can get as high as 29C.

With rain expected to fall over the entire country on Friday, temperatures will drop again.

The beginning of the weekend should see a maximum of 26C in East Tyrol. Also on Saturday, as thunderstorms affect mainly the West of Austria.

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On Sunday, though, the sun is expected to shine again in most of the country. Maximum temperatures should be between 25C and 28C, according to ZAMG.