A long-awaited summer welcomes us with long sunny days, interspersed with rain (which is not very discomforting considering relatively high temperature). It’s time to explore Poland – Baltic beaches famous for their delicate, powdery sand, Masuria with old forests and vast lakes or Polish Tatra mountains offering hiking trails for beginners as well as experienced hikers.
The astronomical first day of summer (when the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky – the summer solstice) falls on June 21, 2019. In Poland, the summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight of the whole year (16 hours 46 minutes, sunrise: 4.14 am, sunset: 9 pm) and is seen as the end of spring and the beginning of summer. Meteorologically speaking, summer in Poland begins on June 22, with autumn starting on September 23.
St. John’s Night / Wreaths / Midsummer (Noc Świętojańska / Wianki) is celebrated on June 23/24. The holiday has a pagan background (a pagan name is Sobótka meaning fire). Nowadays, it is mostly the opportunity to celebrate midsummer with various festivities, including concerts, singing songs, bonfire jumping. Women wear wildflower wreaths that later are thrown into river or pond.
Weather in Poland in June
Technically, the spring season lasts until June 21 but June in Poland is considered as a summer month. After all, it’s the time when school summer break starts (end of the school year in Polish schools in 2019: June 19). Average monthly temperature in June in Poland is 16,6°C / 62°F, and average monthly rainfall level is 69 mm (the second highest after July).
June in Poland is a strawberry season! Gardens are in full bloom with countless flowers, including peonies (in Polish piwonie or peonie) which are available only for a short period of time in June. In the Polish countryside, you will notice vast yellow fields of blooming rapeseed (canola).
Weather in Poland in July
Average monthly temperature in July in Poland is 19°C / 66°F, and average monthly rainfall level is 89 mm. July is the warmest month in Poland, also in July the highest rainfall is recorded.
July in Poland is a paradise for people who appreciate healthy local food. Tones of fresh colorful fruits: wild strawberries, rhubarb, strawberries, sweet cherries, sour cherries, bilberries, raspberries, gooseberries, currants, brambles (click here to check out our delicious photo guide to the best Polish fruits to eat during summer and learn more about jagodzianki (bilberry yeast bun), sour cherry soup, strawberry jams and smoothies or kompot rabarbarowy (rhubarb drink).
In addition to typical summer vegetables, you can try in Poland broad bean (in Polish: bób, the usual Polish way to prepare broad beans is to boil them in salted water until tender), sorrel (in Polish: szczaw, delicious sorrel soup served with boiled eggs), super-healthy kohlrabi (in Polish: kalarepka, usually eaten raw as a snack), semi-pickled cucumbers (in Polish: ogórki małosolne, cucumbers pickled only for a few days, less sour than typical pickled cucumbers), chanterelles (in Polish: kurki, yellow mushroom, excellent addition to soups and sauces). When talking about soups – a must summer soup in Poland: chłodnik! Polish answer to gazpacho;) It’s a cold (chłodnik meaning ‘chilled’) beet soup (cooked cooled beets, raw cucumbers, radishes, dill with the addition of yogurt, kefir or sour cream), served with hard-boiled eggs.
Weather in Poland in August
Average monthly temperature in August in Poland is 18,5°C / 65°F, and average monthly rainfall level is 66 mm (the third highest after July and August).
When you travel in Poland outside the cities in August, you will notice golden cereal fields (mostly rye, wheat, oats) accompanied with red poppies and blue cornflowers. August is the harvest season in Poland. When the crops are already harvested, it’s time to celebrate. The harvest in Poland ends with the festival called in Polish dożynki.
Summer in Poland is a busy time for bees. As a result, at the end of summer, you can buy in Poland many types of honey: acacia honey, raspberry honey or lime honey.
Author: Kids in the City – a website in English on things to do in Poland with children: http://kidsinthecity.pl/