The climate of Germany
Germany's climate is moderate and has generally short periods of cold or hot weather. Coastal Germany has a maritime influence climate which is characterized by warm summers and mild cloudy winters. Further inland, the climate is continental, marked by greater seasonal variations in temperature, with warmer summers and colder winters. The northernmost area like Bremen, Hamburg, Lübeck, Rostock, Kiel is slightly milder, but one can also expect rains and winds because of the influence of the Atlantic Ocean. The German summer often brings pleasant temperatures, is not very sunny. In fact, in summers, there are cool and rainy days, when Atlantic disturbances move over the country, alternating with periods when a high-pressure system affects the country. In the latter situations, the days begin with clear skies and can even be hot around mid-day, while thunderstorms often form in the afternoon. These thunderstorms are less frequent in the northernmost region, which, however, is cooler and may experience more frequent rains due to disturbances coming from the Atlantic Ocean. Anyway, on warmer days, in Berlin and other cities that are not located near the coast, the temperature can reach 30/32 °C or even a little more.
Autumn in Germany is usually around September, a pleasant month, but later the weather becomes progressively colder and rainy, with the first mists as well. In addition, the wind can be strong, especially in the northern areas. In November, the sun rarely shines; by mid-November, it is practically winter, and the first snowfalls are possible. International Students would require to carry lightweights with rain-wear for summer and medium to heavy clothing for winter. A sweater is necessary at almost any time of year.