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The climate in the Carpathians is temperate, so it will be pleasant and comfortable to rest here at any time of the year. You just need to carefully pack, have things for the season and appropriate for the weather. The Carpathians are a paradise for those who love pure nature, beautiful landscapes, majestic mountains and an amazing atmosphere of tranquility. If you have never been to this beautiful corner of the country, then you need to know in advance about all the features of the area, to study the weather conditions.
Winter here is characterized by softness and an abundance of snow, in summer there is no desire to hide from the heat, autumn is dry, and it rains in spring. Above 1600m, the weather conditions are classic mountainous – it is difficult to predict something, since local fronts are formed and the weather can be recognized in advance by the chosen ones.
Relief features lead to vertical climatic zonality. That is, every hundred meters of climbed altitude causes a cold of the order of 1 degree. The volume of possible precipitation increases by 12%. The wind speed also increases by an average of 0.3 m/s. This suggests that on summer trips you should have a windbreaker and raincoat in your backpack.
Even here there is such a natural phenomenon called climate inversion. In the lowlands, stagnation of a mass of cold air is noted. The temperature drops to 10 degrees lower than in the nearest territories.
The new tourist season in the Carpathian Mountains officially starts from the last summer month. Taking into account the peculiarities of the climate of the Carpathians, the weather conditions after April stabilize, the amount of precipitation decreases. The days are usually sunny, in the mountains the temperature rises to 15 degrees, the chance of snowfall remains.
The weather in a given area is determined by the geographical location:
The climate of this region can be called temperate continental, but it is worth considering the features of the relief. Basically, temperature and humidity depend on the so-called “stove of the Atlantic”, the current of the Gulf Stream. Due to this, in the lowland areas of the region, summer literally begins in May and lasts until September. Although small temperature shifts were observed. When May pleased with warmth, June brightened up the ideal weather picture a little with rains and a slight cold snap. But more often than not, the weather is acceptable for recreation.
Why does the tourist season begin in May, because the weather becomes stable, precipitation is rare and short-lived. Most of the days pleases with warming sunshine. The Carpathians, whose height fluctuates around 2000 meters, reliably protect Transcarpathia from the cold Arctic masses in the winter. Significant elevation changes affect both the different average annual temperature and the amount of precipitation.
In the mountains during the day the temperature varies from +5 to 15 degrees, and at night from -2 to 0 degrees Celsius. Although the possibility of snowfall is not ruled out, nature pleases with flowering gardens and vegetable gardens, snow crowns can be seen on the peaks.
According to many tourists, the mountain climate of the Ukrainian Carpathians has healing properties. If you breathe in the mountain air of the Carpathians, you will be able to notice how your health will soon improve, a surge of strength and energy will appear, and your working capacity will increase. And all because in the Carpathian Mountains the air pressure is less. The higher the mountains, the less becomes the density of air and, accordingly, oxygen.
If you like hiking, then it is best to go on vacation in the summer. Hiking for long distances will appeal to the fact that they will be comfortable. Nothing will distract from the contemplation of the opening views.
Features of the Carpathians in summer are as follows:
If June is chosen for the trip, you should prepare well, namely, collect a travel bag. Be sure to put sunscreen, a hat, rain protection, warm clothes in it for the evening. For the July campaign, it is advisable to give preference to not high and not remote routes. The backpack should have a burner, spare socks, sun cream, rubber flip flops.
Trekking is best done in August, when it is not hot at all, fog appears in the valleys and a charming atmosphere forms.
Autumn takes over in the highlands at the beginning of the first month, after a couple of weeks the forests on the northern slopes are painted in a golden hue. During the day the temperature varies from 10 to 15 degrees, in the morning a slight frost. It is recommended to bring a warm sleeping bag and sturdy boots. Snow is already possible in late September or early October.
In the next autumn month, “Indian summer” comes. The thermometer shows +5 degrees during the day, but at night the temperature is minus. In October it is not cloudy, it is light, the sun often shines. Fogs are a common sight at this time. They amaze with their beauty at sunsets and sunrises. In autumn, the Carpathians face surprises in the form of rapid or prolonged rain. Hoarfrost is also found. A tourist needs to properly warm himself, arm himself with a primus stove, shoe covers, and sticks.
In the last month of autumn, winter takes over. The mark on the thermometer during the day drops to -5 degrees, but at night it becomes even colder. It is desirable to bypass the valleys, it is humid, foggy, wet there. If you are hiking in November, your first priority will be to get up the ridge as quickly as possible.
December is almost like November, except that the weather in this area acquires final stability, the snow becomes denser, and the sun is increasingly peeking out from behind the clouds. The Carpathians in winter are notable for the following:
As for February, the conditions are no different, but closer to the middle of the month, the picture becomes different. Precipitation falls with a vengeance, thaws appear more often, the slopes are covered with crust, and avalanches begin to descend. If you have never been to this area, you should use the services of an experienced instructor. He will lead you along a safe route so that you can enjoy this kind of leisure and get memories for a lifetime.
It would seem that spring is the most optimal time for hiking. But here the beginning of March is very similar to the end of February – the weather conditions are identical. At the end of March, it is better not to go camping. So you definitely will not enjoy the lesson, you will run into a pile of thawing snow. The Carpathians thaw in spring, so you should be careful. In April, things are not so bad due to the increasing sunny days. The temperature in the mountains ranges from +5 to 0 degrees Celsius. It often rains, stormy rivers become a huge obstacle to overcome many routes.
Adrenaline and thrill lovers can try to travel during this period. Do not forget about high shoes, spare clothes, stove, raincoats. You will also need to have sticks and a warm sleeping bag.
Remember that due to massive thaws, there is high humidity and the risk of avalanches. If you do not want to take risks, it is better to save time and energy for a trip to May. That’s when the summer season begins. The climate is stabilizing, more and more sunny weather is observed.
It is clear that each season requires an individual configuration of a tourist backpack. First of all, you need to take into account seasonality, the weather characteristic of it in this area. At any time of the year, it is important to always have sunscreen in your backpack. Girls who can’t imagine going out without make-up should have a lipstick with a sunscreen factor, a nourishing oily cream that will help protect exposed skin. It is recommended to stock up on vacuum bags, which are great for storing things on a trip.
If you are planning a long trip, you should think through everything to the smallest detail. Be sure to take tents, sleeping bags, everything you need for a fire, an awning, a deck chair, a mosquito net. If you are going camping with children, you need to pack a separate backpack for them too, make sure that everything they need is there, from personal hygiene products to warm clothes.
By the way, for such a case it is better to take a tourist backpack, which will fit all the luggage of the required things. Mountain hiking shoes should also become an indispensable element of your equipment.
The highest level of tourist infrastructure in the Carpathians gives the rest an extraordinary comfort and positive impressions. If you take into account the weather conditions in advance, leisure will be at a first-class level. For trekking, you should choose the summer months and September, but for purely winter entertainment, winter and early spring are suitable. Tourists are welcome here all year round, so you can safely go to the Carpathians whenever you want.
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