Dresden Weather, When to Go and Climate Information

(Dresden, Saxony, Germany)

Picture of the River ElbeMuch of Dresden city stands in the Elbe Valley area of eastern Germany, where the overall climate is strongly affected by its fairly sheltered position. Dresden's weather is generally quite predictable, with warm and often hot summers, being followed by pleasant autumn months and mild winters, although frosty nights are not unusual during both December and January.

The best weather in Dresden falls between the months of April and October, with highs regularly exceeding 28°C / 82°F during the many fine, sunny days in both July and August. Many visitors choose to visit the city in the summer, when al fresco dining and outdoor events are readily available.

View of the Old Town skyline

Seasonal Climate Variations / When to Go

The Klotzsche area of Dresden stands in a fairly elevated position and is home to the region's weather station. This part of the city is more exposed as such, and experiences greater climate extremes than the inner-city areas, when night-time temperatures have been known to stay well above 20°C / 68°F. These balmy temperatures are great for night owls and many outdoor events take place during the summer evenings, when you can enjoy dances, concerts and theatrical events.

The summer weather is Dresden tends to be hotter than many other locations around Germany, although conversely, the winter climate is predictably more harsh, averaging a mere 2°C / 36°F by day in January and snow can be expected. Winter days in Dresden are known for being overcast and rather cloudy, with the sun bursting through the clouds on occasion. Rain showers can fall at anytime and although most are not excessive, it is also sensible to pack with both sunshine and rain in mind. February and March tend to be the months with the least amount of rain.

Dresden Weather and Climate Chart (Averages)



2°C / 36°F
-3°C / 27°F


4°C / 39°F
-2°C / 28°F


8°C / 46°F
0°C / 32°F


13°C / 55°F
4°C / 39°F


18°C / 64°F
8°C / 46°F


22°C / 72°F
11°C / 52°F


23°C / 73°F
13°C / 55°F


23°C / 73°F
12°C / 54°F


18°C / 64°F
9°C / 48°F


14°C / 57°F
6°C / 43°F


7°C / 45°F
2°C / 36°F


3°C / 37°F
-1°C / 30°F