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Weather conditions in the Park

Annual temperatures, precipitation and weather forecasts

Majella National Park, established in 1995, has an extent of about 74,095 hectares which encompasses the provinces of Pescara, L'Aquila and Chieti. With a slightly elliptical shape and the major axis oriented NW - SE, it is characterized by the typical mountain and high-mountain climate with particularly abundant snowfalls. Cool and breezy during summer, the climate presents cold and rainy winters in the lower areas, often maintaining better weather conditions and good visibility at high altitudes. Spring doesn't last long, quickly giving way to summery conditions, whereas autumn season is more regular and mitigated by the presence of the nearby Adriatic Sea.

Spring (March - May)

Situated at a latitude of about 42°, Majella National Park benefits of a considerable insolation with pleasant days, although sometimes windy, with average temperatures round 12° C, at midday, at 1,500 m a.s.l. In this period, the western slopes free from snow are covered by spectacular flowerings. The upper part of the mountain retains a significant snow covering until May. Until this period, hiking is favoured by a type of snow consolidated by the alternation of daytime insolation and considerable night-time cooling.

Summer (June - August)

The summer season within Majella National Park can be identified into three different climatic situations: a temperate-cool area – up to 1,000 m a.s.l. ­– with an average temperature between 15° and 20° C; a temperate-cold area – comprised between 1,000 m a.s.l. and 2,400 m a.s.l. – with an average temperature around 10° C; and finally a cold area ­– extending above 2,400 m a.s.l. – with average temperatures lower than 10° C.
Usually summer precipitation consists of thunderstorms that often cause a significant drop in temperature. In general, the average temperatures allow for pleasant hikes at altitudes above 1,500 meters, but walking tours are also possible below this hight, especially under the beech canopies extending almost throughout the basal areas and crossed by hiking trails, thus encouraging the visit even during the hottest hours of the day.

Autumn (September – November)

From September to October the weather tends to be clear, with very cool nights and possible snowfalls on the highest peaks. Days get shorter while the landscape changes with the beech forests assuming the characteristic spectacular autumn shades.
This is perhaps the most stable period (also due to calm winds), facilitating also cultural-oriented excursions to the hermitages as well as to the piedmont villages.

Winter (December – February)

In winter, the prevailing winds are those coming from the North and provoking significant drops in temperature and heavy rainfalls. From December to March the heavy snowfalls give way to clear sunny days with temperatures touching 10° C. In December, January and February temperatures often drop below 0° C at night within those area overpassing 1,500 m a.s.l. The visibility is generally good, allowing views up to 100 km in the distance towards the Adriatic Sea coast, Gran Sasso, Velino-Sirente and Laga massifs as well as towards the northern part of the nearby Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park.

Image of a flowery meadow in Abruzzo
Image of glasslands of Majella
Image of Majella with snow
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