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Europe Climate

Europe Climate

Although Europe has different types of climatic conditions, depending upon the geographic conditions of the place, yet on a general level, most of the Europe climate remains temperate and mild, with cool summers and cold winters. Generally, if we compare different places on the same latitude with places on the same latitude in Europe, we would notice that places in Europe have a more favorable climate than places elsewhere in America, Asia or Africa. If we compare the average January temperatures of Berlin, Calgary and Irkutusk- lying in the Asian region of Russia, we would notice that the temperature in Berlin is about 8 and 22 degrees Celsius higher than temperatures in Calgary and Irkutusk respectively.

So what is the main reason behind such a favorable and mild Europe climate? The answer is- winds from the Atlantic Ocean. Warm winds sweep the whole continent and keep the continent mildly warm. Ocean currents carrying warm waters from the Gulf of México have a major role in this natural phenomenon. Since there is not mountain barrier in Europe, which is large enough to stop these winds from sweeping across the continent, and since most of the continent is within the range of 300 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, these currents affect the climatic conditions of the whole continent. Therefore, Europe climate is quite the same throughout the continent.

Norway is witness to the most dramatic effects of the North Westerly winds and the ocean currents. Since most of the parts in Norway lie in the Arctic region, they should technically have been covered in snow, but the warm currents and the winds have had such an effect that most of Norway’s coastline remains snow-free throughout.

Northern Europe climate, naturally, has longer and cooler winters compared to the southern part of the continent. Winters are colder and longer in the East as compared to the west. Summers are shorter, but hotter in the East as we move towards the west.

As far as rainfall is concerned, most parts of Europe receive an annual rainfall of 20-60 inches, with the maximum of it happening towards the West of the mountains (around 80 inches in general). The areas receiving lighter rainfall include the Southern part of Spain, Kazakhstan and northern part of Scandinavia.

21 Comments so far

  1. Kate   December 4, 2008 3:31 am

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  2. Alex   December 6, 2008 2:39 pm

    Yeah, the europe climate is influenced by the Gulf Stream. That’s why we have milder climate, compared to other regions. By the way, did you know that the Gulf Stream is nicknamed “Europe’s central heating”? :)

  3. Mahone   December 6, 2008 2:44 pm

    The Europe climate is, indeed, spectacular. I even heard that people moved to Europe because of the climate. Not only you may enjoy all the 4 seasons, but you may also move into another country with a slightly different climate.

  4. Danny   December 10, 2008 6:06 am

    I love the climate of Europe, especially the winter. I like to stay in bed all the day. Northern Europe has longer and cooler winters and nights are also longer.

  5. Rocky   December 10, 2008 6:11 am

    Yes you are right, i have read in my text books that winds from the Atlantic Ocean is the main reason for the comparative warm weather of Europe. One surprising element for me in this article is that Kazakhstan is among the places receiving low amounts of rain? really.

  6. Matt   December 10, 2008 11:46 pm

    Sudden rains of Paris is very good, I like getting wet, but you’ll get cold if you don’t get dry quickly.Spring and fall have mild days and cool evenings. It’s good for a date with your GF:)

  7. Joey   December 10, 2008 11:50 pm

    What kind of a person are you Matt, you like getting wet in the cold. I got flu and couldn’t go to work after I got caught in a rain. Sudden and frequent rains are no good. believe me.

  8. Rocky   December 11, 2008 12:40 am

    Comment No:2 Alex, Can you get me more details on that fact. (europe climate is influenced by the Gulf Stream)I need it for my study purposes. Try to send the details / link to my email rockyresearch23(at) . thanks

  9. Mercy   December 12, 2008 8:45 am

    I thing the climate of Europe is better than the climate of any other place. I love Europe’s climate, it’s cool and not sweaty.

  10. Lane   January 16, 2009 11:58 am

    I also know people that moved in Europe for the europe climate. But this wasn’t the only reason why they moved there. Apparently, Europeans are also frendlier than Americans

  11. CATHY   February 7, 2009 7:34 am

    hello ” how are you?

  12. bianca   March 24, 2009 9:00 am

    uma meda

  13. Mort   June 3, 2010 10:15 am

    I like hot air. it’s good to breath. also wind is very nice. it keeps me cool. sometimes, i like when the sun disappears. other times i like the rain, it makes plants grow and replenishes our water supply. all of which is good things. i hope you like what i wrote!

  14. Vince   December 22, 2010 12:29 pm

    To the person who said nights are longer in Europe, that sure would be nice here in the winter. It seems like the nights are not very long here. I will agree that Europe has some very favorable conditions. I do not like anything too hot and Europe seems to fit this bill.

  15. Angie   January 1, 2011 12:58 pm

    I was in Europe during the summer and I must say the temperature was great. Not too hot or cold. Just perfect. I would love to live in this climate all year long.

  16. Ty   January 7, 2011 12:27 pm

    The climate of Europe is spectacular. Where else can you see a climate that is like this? I love how the temperature is just right for me. As Angie stated it is not too hot or too cold for me. Just right.

  17. Tian   January 20, 2011 10:23 am

    The climate is Europe is great. I can not stand having a really hot night one night and then a cold one the next like you may experience here in the states. European climate is perfectly balanced without drastic changes to it all the time,

  18. Dun   February 19, 2011 10:50 am

    I think that the climate in Europe is fabulous. There is really no other climate in this world that I love the most. It is just the right temperature all year long. It may seem too hot or too cold to others, but it is great compared to summers in a hotter part of the world.

  19. Drusilla   March 19, 2011 11:35 am

    I would love to live in a place that had a great climate like Europe does. I can not take the harsh cold and do not like it to be blazing hot either. I prefer something in between. It seems like Europe has an amazing climate.

  20. Renuka   August 24, 2011 3:25 am

    So thrilled to read all this…feel like flying to europe immediately. Its the climate i would love to stay my whole life in. i hate anything too hot and sweaty .

  21. Chnukk   July 19, 2012 6:59 am

    Hi everyone. As a European I am glad to read all these positive comments. :-) However, let me point out that there is not one “european climate”. As a rule of thumb it can be said that summers in most parts are generally pleasantly warm without being hot. However there are some notable exceptions to this rule, especially when you travel to the southern and eastern mediterrenean or the balkans… In those areas, summer can be suffocatingly hot. Similarly, “summer” in the northern british isles or the scandinavian countries can turn out to be surprisingly chilly… Also winter IS indeed very mild in all the western areas, way up to norway, with temperatures that you’ll only find down south in the US. However, some eastern parts of Europe can get seriously cold in winter. Also, unlike the US we have no (continental) state with summer temps during winter. The warmest areas in the south “only” experience some max. 20°C/68°F during january. However, the spanish canary islands are warm all year round and a popular holiday destination during winter. ;-) Anyway, Europe is probably always worth a visit…

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