Berlin has a continental climate with bitingly cold winters, hot summers and mild autumn and spring seasons. The weather in summer (June to August) is mostly pleasant and sunny, with long days and temperatures averaging 73°F (23°C), but Berlin's climate is unpredictable and the weather can change rapidly. 

Winters (December to February) can be cold and damp, with temperatures hovering around freezing. Snow often falls between December and March, but Berlin seldom stays covered in snow for long. Rain can fall all year round and it is always a good idea to have an umbrella in Berlin, no matter what the season. The wettest months are June and August, and the driest months on average are October and February. 

Berlin is a year-round travel destination because so much of the city's appeal lies in its cultural and historical attractions, which are fabulous regardless of the weather, so expats can look forward to exploring their new city in all conditions. That said, newcomers to the city will likely most enjoy their new home in the summer months when sidewalk cafés, parks and gardens are brimming, and a number of summer events can be enjoyed.