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Climate and Weather

Lithuania has a temperate climate that is influenced somewhat by the warm Gulf Stream. The eastern regions have more of a continental climate where the winters are colder than in the rest of the country and the summers are warmer. The winters are quite long. In the Dzukija region, it freezes by the end of September, and in the capital Vilnius two or three weeks later. It usually starts snowing in November, and soon after that there is a thick layer of snow in large parts of the country until March.

The average minimum temperature in January is -5°C. Occasionally the temperature drops to -40°C. Spring is usually short. April is often a transitional month with unpredictable weather with alternating cold and fairly warm days. Summer generally lasts from mid-May to the end of August. In July, the hottest month, the average temperature is around 17 °C. Maximum temperatures can reach 35°C. The average annual rainfall is 717 mm on the coast and 490 mm in the east of the country.


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