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Hello! I am Harie, an expat wife in Warsaw.
As your trip to Poland approaches ‘What should I wear?” you may be wondering, “What should I wear?
So, in this issue I’ll be showing you pictures of what Polish residents wear in spring, summer, fall, and winter, and explaining what they wear in each!
In addition, the weather in Poland is a little different from that in Japan in some areas, so we have also included some points to be aware of and some climate characteristics you should know before your trip at the end of this section.
I hope you find it helpful on your trip to Poland!
- Recommended Clothing for Travel to Poland
- [Photos] Polish Locals’ Clothing by Season
- What you need to know before you travel! Weather Features in Poland
What to wear when traveling to Poland, by season!
The following is a rough idea of what to wear when traveling in Poland.
- Spring: Clothing that is easy to adjust is best. Down, thick jackets etc…
- Summer: half-sleeve, sunglasses, light cloak, etc…
- Autumn: Dress for easy adjustment. Winter down is necessary depending on the year.
- Winter: Full cold weather gear. Down, gloves, hat etc…
If you’re in doubt, maybe you can imagine the weather in Hokkaido while you’re choosing your outfit!
Here’s a detailed explanation of what to wear for each season, complete with photos!
Spring clothing in Poland (March, April, May)
Spring in Poland is still a cold winter.
The photo above was taken in early May one year, around GW. It still looks cold…
Many people dress in winter down during March and the first half of April, and in thicker jackets or lighter down after the second half of April.
But in some years it can get hot enough to wear a half-sleeve in late April!
The photo below was taken in late April of one year, also around GW.
It was hot enough to wear half-sleeves on this day! However, a few days after this picture, the maximum temperature dropped below 10 degrees Celsius….
Even the locals have trouble with spring clothing in Poland because of the unreadable weather in the spring.
It is advisable to wear clothes that are easy to take off and put on, while checking the last-minute weather forecast.
Also I’ll be very handy this season with my Uniqlo Ultra Light Downs!
Summer clothing in Poland (June, July, August)
The photo above shows Warsaw around early August.
Typical Polish summer attire is a camisole and shorts (laughs).
Japanese people living in Poland tend to wear half-sleeves, three-quarter length pants and light skirts.
The sun in Poland is very strong, and people who are sensitive to sunlight may experience skin irritation…. Therefore, we recommend that you bring a We recommend that you bring a lightweight UV-cut cardigan.
I also bought one from Rakuten this summer and it is very useful ^^.
Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, you should always bring one of those lightweight cloaks!
Temperatures can drop dramatically at night, and in some years, the days can be so cold that they do not even seem like summer….
Also Sunglasses are a must!
I bought a new pair of polarized lenses to use with my regular sunglasses because they were too glaring to use.
Autumn Clothing in Poland (September and October)
Fall in Poland Clothing varies considerably from year to year.
One year it was hot day after day, and I was still wearing summer clothes in September.
The photo above was taken in mid-October of that year. It was very warm and we were dressed just as we would have been in the fall in Tokyo.
On the other hand, in another year, it was already chilly in September, and I couldn’t keep my jacket on….
The photo below was taken in early October of that year.
It looks cold from the looks of it……it’s early October and I’m wearing Tokyo winter clothes ^^;
We recommend that you watch the weather forecast and wear clothes that are easy to take off and put on for both cold and hot days!
Winter clothing in Poland (November, December, January, February)
Winter clothing in Poland must be fully protected against the cold!
Don’t forget long warm down, hat, gloves, and scarf. UNIQLO’s ultra-warm series and windproof pants are useful.
Don’t forget the stick-on warmer, the warmer on your socks, and warm socks! If you warm your feet, you will feel much warmer.
It does not snow much, and when it does, it is only a light accumulation.
The cobblestone pavement does not drain well, so on snowy or rainy days, water will soak through if the soles of your shoes are thin.Winter shoes with thick soles or waterproof boots are recommended.
Check before you travel! Weather Features in Poland
The weather in Poland is very similar to that of Hokkaido.
Summers are very pleasant and winters are dark and bitterly cold. (The photo above is Warsaw in the middle of winter. Even the ducks look cold…)
Poland also has four seasons, and is very similar to Japan in that it has pollen in the spring and autumn leaves in the fall.
By the way, the pollen is birch, not cedar.
Temperature, precipitation, and hours of sunshine in Poland
Here are some useful things to know about the weather in Poland before you travel, by temperature, precipitation, and hours of sunshine, respectively!
Winter temperatures in Poland are usually minus. In the worst cases, the temperature can go down to minus 20 degrees Celsius or lower.
If you are visiting from Japan, you may feel “It’s so cold it hurts! You may feel “It’s too cold and it hurts! Make sure you’re fully equipped for the cold!
On the other hand, summer in Poland is not associated with tropical nights, and you can sleep soundly at night! On the other hand In the mornings and evenings, it can even feel chilly without a jacket.
On the other hand Sunglasses are a must, as the sun’s rays are harsher than in Japan.
Even in summer, there are not many days that exceed 30 degrees Celsius and there is little humidity. It is very comfortable!
It rarely rains zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz all day in Poland.
It often seems to fall like a steady rain, then stop, then fall again, then stop……..
For this reason, Poles do not carry umbrellas very often. Even when it is raining, many people just wear hoods.
A hoodie or jumper with a hood would come in handy for travel!
In summer, heavy rain like squalls can occur, but it stops in a short time.
Whenever I get a squall, I always take shelter from the rain in a cafe or store. It clears up in no time!
In summer, Poland is light until after 9 p.m. and has more sunny days than in other seasons.
Some years it’s so nice that you think, “This is heaven! Some years, the days are so pleasant that you may think, “This is heaven…!
Daylight hours in winter in Poland are very short….
There are hardly any “sunny days” in winter like in Japan, and it is gloomy and cold every day!
The typical Polish winter is one of enduring bitter cold and darkness and waiting for summer to arrive.
Summer is the best season to travel to Poland
By far the best season to travel to Poland is summer!
Spring and fall will also be pleasant weather if you are lucky.
In winter, it depends on how you feel…. Come with the mindset of “I will enjoy even the cold and darkness! Please come with the feeling that you will enjoy even the cold and the dark!
I think a trip to Poland in winter is more enjoyable if it involves events such as Christmas markets, illuminations, and classical concerts!