Changeable weather in Estonia
There are four seasons in a relatively rainy spring and autumn, snowy winters and sunny summers. The main influencer of intra-Estonian air temperatures, the Baltic Sea, holds the autumn and winter in coastal areas significantly warmer than in inland. If average temperature of January in the central- and eastern-Estonia is in range of -6 to -7 º C, then in the west-Estonian archipelago, it is -2 to -4 ° C. Warmest month July has average temperature that varies between 16 and 17.5 ° C, and it is quite normal that on a sunny day temperature rises up to 30 º C. As you can see, weather in Estonia is rather diverse. As summer weather can be cloudy, a portable umbrella or light rain jacket might come in handy.
Estonia’s sandy beaches and lakes are very popular among Nordic holidaymakers. Sunny summer heats seawater warm for the beach gourmand, and water temperatures in July and August, add averagely up to 21-22 ° C. It’s good to know that we have many international eco-label Blue Flag beaches. So when visiting Estonia, there are a lot of good reasons to back bathing suits with you – with sunny weather, you wouldn´t want to miss visiting the beach.
Estonia´s climate, like the whole climate in Europe, is influenced by humid maritime air mass of the Atlantic Ocean and the Baltic Sea. By prevailing western breezes´ the air passes relatively far inland, which during the cold season brings forth much warmer weather, but on the warm season the breezes´ give rise to somewhat cooler weather. As a result, the average annual air temperature is much higher than in the same latitudes in east of the continental climate zones or in the same latitudes as in Asia and America.