Austria lies within a temperate climatic zone. Austria’s landscapes include major and minor mountain ranges, hills and plains.
Weather conditions vary only slightly across the country, the lowland regions in the north and east have colder winters and hotter summers with moderate precipitation throughout the year. The southeastern areas of Austria have longer and warmer, almost Mediterranean-like summers.
The coldest month in Austria is usually January. The winter snow cover lasts from late December through March in the valleys, from November through May at about 5,905 ft (1,800m), and becomes in many years permanent above about 8,202 ft (2,500m). Temperatures begin to rise again in February. In March, temperatures may rise up to 54 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius). Summers can be hot, with temperatures in Vienna reaching as high as 95–100 degrees Fahrenheit (35z–40 degrees Celsius). Summer evenings outside the city are usually cool, but during periods of high temperatures in city, it can get stuffy and humid. Air-conditioning is uncommon except for in some public buildings and offices.