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17 Feb

Weather in Venice

Weather in Venice and weather in Italy in general are two completely different things.  When people think about Italy, they always imagine a very hot, sunny climate. Italy does have 4 seas washing its shores, however this does not guarantee hot climate throughout the year in all of Italian land. 

A sunny day in Venice.

A sunny day in Venice.

Here in Venice, we have 4 full seasons, but due to the lack of trees that create colorful environments, it is hard to understand if this is autumn, winter or spring. It just looks all the same. The look of the city does stay the same, but you can trust us when we say – it feels quite different.

Let us start by looking at our Geographical position. Venice is in the middle of Venetian lagoon, which is shallow waters between Northern Italy and the Adriatic Sea. Venice is at the same latitude as the island of Hokkaido in Japan, Portland (OR) in USA, Montreal and Ottawa in Canada, Simferopol in Russia.

So let’s get to the point. Venice is only 150km away from the alps (2 hours by car) and it has humid

A gondoliere cool down during August

A gondoliere cooling down during August [via]

subtropical climate, which basically means that we have very hot summers(27  on average, 80) and surprisingly cold winters (6℃ on average, 42℉), but what makes it surprisingly cold is high humidity –  80% throughout the whole year.

The two typical weather phenomena in Venice are fog and high tide, both of them could be either irritating or magical. 

High tide in Venice is a natural phenomenon that occurs mainly due to moon phases and weather conditions, such as wind and rain. Usually the city floods from October to February, but not on daily basis of course, twice a month on average.

High tide in St. Mark's

High tide in St. Mark’s

Locals get informed about high tide (aqua alta in Italian) once they enter a bar in the morning for breakfast – somebody will be talking about it, however we also have apps, google and free text message service provided by the city. 

Tourists find out about high tide thanks to a very loud siren that goes off, couple of hours before the flood, in the entire city. You can hear them in every part of Venice.

Other way to discover about high tide – is simply finding it already there. Of course the least prepared tourists will find the phenomenon extremely unpleasant, but those who bought wellingtons on time will get an opportunity to take incredible pictures.

Church od S. Giorgio Maggiore muffled by fog

Church of S. Giorgio Maggiore muffled by fog [via]

The other common weather condition in Venice  is fog. Don’t hate it right away only because it makes pictures less colorful. When Venetian fog comes down the city transforms into a fairytale. Shapes appear floating, sounds are muffled, light changes color and anyone open for adventure will find getting lost in Venetian fog an unforgettable and unique experience.

A rather rare, but still occurring weather condition for Venice is snow. Even though in winter it feels freezing, temperature rarely drops below zero,  canals don’t freeze and it almost never snows. However in 1929 there was a famous lagoon freeze, which meant that you could walk on ice from Venice to the island of Murano! Even though it snows extremely rarely, when it does, locals, very much like tourists, grab their cameras and start taking pictures.

People walking on the frozen lagoon in front of S. Michele Island during February 1929

People walking on the frozen lagoon in front of S. Michele Island during February 1929


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