The long weekend in Austria will be hot and sunny, but thunderstorms are forecast, according to the country’s meteorological agency ZAMG.
Monday, June 6th, is a holiday across the entire country. As a result, shops and supermarkets will be closed (so buy your groceries in advance, especially given stores are closed as usual on Sunday), and people in Austria are taking the opportunity to enjoy June weather and travel.
According to ZAMG, Saturday morning will be sunny across the entire country, with temperatures rising above 31C. However, the afternoon will bring thunderstorms and rain to most of Austria, especially in the mountainous regions.
The same can be expected for Sunday – with sunny and hot mornings and extreme thunderstorms in the afternoon for most of the country. Daily maximums can read 30C.
On Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday, from Salzburg eastwards, people can expect rain throughout the day. However, temperatures are still high, coming to about 22 to 28 degrees, depending on the region.
Traffic expected for the long weekend
Austria’s Automobile, Motorcycle, and Touring Club (ÖAMTC) expects traffic jams to affect the outskirts of all major cities, especially Salzburg, as people arrive from other parts of Austria, Bavaria, and Baden-Württemberg, in Germany, for holidays.
The group warns that traffic will be heavy from Bavaria in the direction of Austria on Friday evening and Saturday until early afternoon.
Leaving Vienna during those times can also prove challenging given heavy traffic is expected in the capital and its surrounding areas. The return on Monday evening is also a time for traffic jams, so be prepared.
At the end of May, Austria’s latest long weekend had drivers waiting for up to two hours along the country’s main routes. Border crossings were particularly affected, with control checks making processes slower.