Europe has a variety of climates spread across its geography and there are a lot of differences in the climates of one region and another.
Even though many countries face cold, freezing winters, countries in Southern and Central Eastern Europe face very hot weather.
Today we are looking at the hottest countries in Europe. Some of these countries have a hub for tourism and vacationing during their summer season, while some of them are just too hot to handle!
The 10 Hottest Countries in Europe
Croatia has a continental climate with a hint of rain and usually has a climate that gets tempered by the Mediterranean winds on the Adriatic coast.
This means that while there is a textbook Mediterranean climate on the coasts of the country, it is only in the inland area where there is an extremely hot climate to be reported.
Croatia has an average annual temperature of 52.9 Degrees Fahrenheit.
France has a very large landmass, and therefore there is a lot of discrepancy in the type of climate found in the country.
The Southeastern part of the country towards Lyon has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, which implies that the summers are hot but the winters are mild.
A large portion of the country has an oceanic climate, which implies that the summers are going to be warm and humid.
France has an average annual temperature of 53.0 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Albania, just like France, has a lot of different climates to cover across different meridian lines. Although, unlike France, it’s not because Albania has a large size, but because one side of the country is facing the Mediterranean coastline and the other is inland.
This means that the country sees 5 distinct climates in such a small land area, such as the hot Mediterranean, warm Mediterranean, subtropical, oceanic, continental climate, and the subarctic climate.
The elevated highland part of Albania sees hot summers and cold winters, while the coastal low altitude region sees a typical Mediterranean climate.
Albania has an average annual temperature of 53.6 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Italy is also an example of varied climates being present in a country. Italy has the Mediterranean type of climate, and also has climates of extreme temperatures.
In the Southern parts of the country, you will find warm, dry summers and mild winters.
In the Northern parts, especially in regions like the Po Valley, weather is extremely harsh throughout the year, with hot humid summers and cold dry winters.
Italy has an average annual temperature of 55.0 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Spain is another country with numerous weather types scattered across the country.
The presence of deserts and barren lands in the country also provide semi-arid-like climates, with the Southeastern part of Spain facing dry hot spells of weather throughout the year.
The Mediterranean climate is also regular in Spain, with hot summers and cool wet winters found in the Iberian peninsula.
Spain also experiences an oceanic climate, which means that in Northern Spain winters and summers are mild, there is a very small temperature variation, and sometimes there is even snowfall to be seen in winters.
Spain has an average annual temperature of 57.0 Degrees Fahrenheit.
The city-state of Monaco is next on our list, and rightfully so, as it is a popular summer holiday destination for people who have a lot of money to spend, and it is famous for its ports and beaches.
Monaco is a hot Mediterranean climate type of country, where summers are hot and dry, and winters are mild with a little bit of rain. Afternoons in the summer are hot enough that the temperature can exceed 86 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Monaco has an average annual temperature of 57.1 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Greece generally has a coastal climate, but in some regions inland there are small occurrences of other climatic types as well.
Places such as Macedonia and Thrace have hot summers and cold wet winters, and there is rainfall in summers. In the North of the country, there are also instances of cold climate and snow in the mountain regions.
Greece has an average annual temperature of 57.6 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Portugal is another country that faces a moderate climate and has small regions where patches of different climates are found.
In the Beja District in the South of the country, a semi-arid climate is found, meaning hot dry summers, and the Porto Santo, conditions are favorable only for a desert climate to be present.
Even though the country has an overall mild climate, temperatures can still go beyond 100 Degrees Fahrenheit in certain inland regions.
Portugal has an average annual temperature of 60.1 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Cyprus is a small island nation in the Southeastern part of Europe, near the Mediterranean sea.
Cyprus has a Mediterranean climate, but in some Northern regions, there is also the hot and dry arid type of climate present too.
The temperature in Cyprus is significantly higher than its European counterparts, and the summer season lasts almost eight months.
Even then, there are some areas such as the Troodos mountains where heavy snowfalls can be seen in the winter season.
Cyprus has an average annual temperature of 67.2 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Our number 1 spot goes to the island country of Malta, the hottest country in Europe.
Summers can get as hot as 89 Degrees Fahrenheit in the summers, while the winters are usually mild with a temperature no more than 65 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Summers are also dry, and most of the rainfall in Malta is encountered in the winter season.
Malta is also a very humid place to be in, as there is an average of 75 percent humidity across the year.
Malta has an average annual temperature of 67.3 Degrees Fahrenheit.