Averages for Budapest in August
What's the weather like in Budapest in August
Budapest, Hungary, in August is as humid and hot as it was in July. Since it is carnival season, festivals are occurring all over Budapest this time of year, making it a very popular place to visit.
The average temperature is 21°C, which is the same as it was in July. This is by far the highest average temperature of the year. During the day, the mercury rises to an av...
What's the weather like in Budapest in August
The average temperature is 21°C, which is the same as it was in July. This is by far the highest average temperature of the year. During the day, the mercury rises to an average high of 26°C, while at night, it drops to average lows of 15°C. Both temperatures are pleasantly comfortable, allowing for sightseeing in the afternoon and enjoyable strolls in the evening. August 9, with a daytime high of 27°C and a nighttime low of 15°C, is historically the warmest day of the year. The warmest period of the year in Budapest is from the end of July through the first weeks of August.
August also experiences some of the sunniest days of the year. There is an average of 13 hours of sunshine per day, one hour fewer than the annual maximum number of sunshine hours that was recorded in June and July, but still very, very high.
The main reasons behind this much sunshine are the long days and relatively clear skies. The length of the days decreases in the course of the month, though. August 1 is the longest day with 14.55 hours of daylight; August 31 is the shortest day with 13.23 daylight hours. Cloud cover is relatively low, but does increase significantly throughout the month, from 66% in the beginning to 73% at the end.
More clouds bring in more rain as well. The total amount of precipitation in August is 70mm, which is the annual maximum, a number that is also observed in May and September. There are only 10 days with rainfall, meaning that there are no less than 21 dry days as well! The fact that 70mm of rainfall is spread out over just 10 days means that precipitation tends to occur in heavy showers that tend to be short. The most common type of precipitation in August is thunderstorms, which happen on 40% of the days with rainfall. Moderate rain and light rain are common as well and occur respectively on 36% and 23% of the rainy days. The chance that rainfall occurs on any given day doesn't change much in the course of the month and ranges around 45%.
Pack clothes that are light and suitable for summer. You can set off with shorts or skirts. Take hats and sunglasses to shield your eyes from the scorching sun. It's important to make sure that you drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated in the heat too.
Budapest Hotels for August
A four-star boutique hotel in the centre of the city, La Prima Fashion Hotel Budapest lies between Vaci Street and the Danube Promenade. Featuring a stylish and modern décor, the hotel has 80 rooms, all equipped with air-conditioning, bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. There are two different room types—the deluxe rooms have twin or double beds, while the more luxurious duplex business suites have a Jacuzzi and a 6-people meeting room. Common areas in the hotel are the solarium, spa and wellness centre, restaurant and meeting rooms.
Bars and Restaurants
Although it's rather expensive, Baraka Restaurant is worth splurging on (if you can afford a splurge, that is). This is oftentimes regarded as one of the most romantic dining venues in Budapest. Housed in the gorgeous Dorottya Palace in the heart of the city, the restaurant serves a lively combination of Asian and French cuisine, including everything from fish and seafood to beef and lamb. This is a popular place, so making a reservation is definitely recommended.
Things to do in Budapest in August
Multitudinous festivals are lined up for your enjoyment during this month. August 20 is St Stephen's Day. Innumerable programs for both locals and tourists to enjoy all day are put on, designed particularly for families and children. There are a number of festivals occurring on this day, including the Bread Festival, the Wheel Festival, the Red Bull Air Race, and fireworks shows. The Jewish Summer Festival starts from August 26, affording you a great opportunity to learn about Judaism. The Festival of Folk Arts in Budapest Castle District starts from August 19 and goes on until the August 22. Here, you can learn woodcarving, embroidery, musical instrument design and even weaving from the workshops. For children they have arranged puppet shows and storytelling.
Budapest Parade, Beer Festival in Buda Castle, and Sziget Festival are also held in August and are recommended for younger travellers, party-goers and music lovers.
Budapest is home to many attractions, but none is as striking as the Budapest Parliament, which has to be one of the most imposing buildings in Europe—it is, in fact, the third largest parliament building in the world. Just enjoying the view of the immense structure from the banks of the Danube River is a worthwhile activity. For a more close-up kind of view, you can take guided tours of the building's interior.