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by asumbre Online Now Nov 13, 2011 at 10:51 PM

I plan to visit dresden from 22nd Dec to 25th Dec. Will it be very cold and windy? what are chances of snow and if flights will fly during this time. I am from Mumbai, India and we really are not used to any winter as such. Thanks for sending quick answers

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    Re: Weather in dresden

    by Kathrin_E Online Now Nov 13, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Snow can happen, yes, but you never know. Temperatures can be anything in the range between +10°C and -15°C. The lousiest possible conditions of all are temperatures around zero with rain and strong wind. Light frost is dry and more berarable. But if temperatures reach the -10 mark or lower, a Christmas market isn't much fun any more. Yes, you'll have to prepare clothing-wise.

    A bit of snow won't stop the planes. This happens every winter and we are used to dealing with it. If a heavy snowstorm or icy rain occurs, though, there can be trouble.

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    by micolett Online Now Nov 14, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    Don't really "trust" the temperature...but it will be colder than Mumbai anyway. What matters is how dry/wet and windy it can be: 6° damp can be far less pleasant than a snowy sunny calm -10°
    With proper clothes (hat and gloves, several layers more than ultra thick stuff) you will survive.
    Don't be afraid to "overdress".
    And yes, no way to predict...

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    by Turtleshell Online Now Nov 14, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    > I just came back from Berlin, foggy, air polluted

    Polluted air? Hardly. According to the European Environment Agency, air quality in Berlin is basically as the same as in Oslo, with Berlin being the bigger city. :-)

    As for the original question: Changes of snow are somewhat low, and as previous posters have said: Dress in layers.

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    Re: Weather in dresden

    by Kathrin_E Online Now Nov 14, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    The climates of Berlin and Dresden differ quite a bit, and mid-November is not late December...

    The last two years Dresden got a lot of snow before and around Christmas. However, this is no prediction for this year. Three white Christmasses in a row would be a rare occurrence statistically. Anyway, you never know.
    In case you want to see snow and there is none down in the Elbe valley, plan a trip into the Ore Mountains.

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    Re: Weather in dresden

    by Turtleshell Online Now Nov 15, 2011 at 1:37 AM

    > The climates of Berlin and Dresden differ quite a bit

    Without wanting to be a smart a**: Actually no, not really. Temperatures, rain and sun hours differ only very marginally, but you are right of course that mid-November is not end of December.
    Besides, what us tourists witness is not climate but weather and this can indeed differ from one place to another and change quickly. Hence it is a bit adventurous to say "we had this weather in November here or there, so this means that ...", and yes, I understand IndianPacific merely wanted to hint that late fall / winter in north-east Germany can be quite uncomfortable especially when you are accustomed to warmer climate, which of course is correct.

    At the same time, weather has quite an impact on air quality. Sometimes you can see pictures of Los Angeles with a thick layer of smog looming overhead. But air quality in Los Angeles over one year is surprisingly good, better than in Berlin or Oslo. Oslo's air quality is - generally speaking - absolutely compareable to that of (much larger) Berlin probably due to Oslo's harbor. Ships are basically floating incineration plants, and a mid-size ship can blow as much dirt into the air as 3.000 trucks.

    Sorry for going off-topic, but environment and protection strikes a couple of nerves here - my profession, you know.

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