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Luxembourg - Climate and Weather

The small country of Luxembourg, located in the north west of Europe, is landlocked between Germany, Belgium and France. Its land area is just 2,586 square kilometres, or 999 square miles. It has no coast, but enjoys a varied topography. Across the northern areas, covering one third of the country, lies the hilly Oesling. Most of the important towns and cities, including capital Luxembourg City, are located in the flat terrain of the Gutland, which forms the other two thirds of the territory.

The country’s location means it is generally free of serious environmental risks. The frequent, small earth tremors are rarely strong enough to be felt and even then, only tend to cause minor property damage. Storms and rain do cause episodes of flooding, but these cause damage to land and property rather than risk to human life.

Luxembourg’s weather is variable but stable. Within the seasons, temperature and weather conditions can change day by day, but within reasonable limits. Summertime temperatures are rarely too high to be comfortable, and winters are not long or bitter. The small size of the country and its topography mean regional variations are small.

In summertime, July and August will bring the warmest days, with highs of 23°C, although some days will be as cool as 13°C, and evenings will also be a bit chillier. August normally has more hours of sunshine than any other month.

Temperatures cool down significantly over September and October, and reach almost freezing on the coldest days of November.

There are more wet days in autumn and winter, up to 12 days a month instead of just nine in the drier summers. However, rainfall is generally light and rarely lasts more than a few hours. Typical annual precipitation in 863mm, slightly less than the UK.

In winter time, the snow will arrive for a short while. It is normal for the snow to settle, but in the cities, urban heat means the snow may be more wet and melt quickly. Traffic, trains and planes can be disrupted when the bad weather first appears, but this will only be a few hours at most. Temperatures will dip below freezing, and then struggle up to 3 or 4 °C on warmer days.

In March and April, the temperature varies between freezing and 12°C as the numbers of sunshine hours increase significantly, before moving into the pleasant summer months from May onwards.

Luxembourg is home to a large population of expats, and many workers travel in from nearby countries for work. Luxembourg City is an area of culture. As a result, clothing here, especially on busy city streets, tends to reflect elegant and smart European fashions. Casual shorts and t-shirts can be seen in summertime, but most people will wear smart casual outfits.

Businesses in Luxembourg will normally expect their staff to dress smartly in the workplace. Suits, shirts and ties as well as a clean, polished pair of shoes, are normal attire for men. Some employers may allow jackets and trousers in the office, especially for days where there is no visual contact with clients. Women wear smart trousers, skirts or dresses.

If you are invited for an interview in an office, make sure you are wearing smart business clothes. Customer service jobs may require a different attire for interview, but you should look clean and smart. It is very important to arrive for your interview on time; lateness is seen as rude, and will call into question your ability to produce work to deadlines.

In your leisure time, your clothing will depend on what you are doing. If you are eating out, drinking or shopping, your clothes should be smart casual and clean, unless you are attending a formal event or eating in an upmarket restaurant when your clothing should reflect this.

Parties and work events usually require smart, elegant clothes. Meals or intimate social events at the home of a friend or colleague are likely to require smart casual clothing. Arrive on time and bring an appropriate gift, such as flowers or chocolates, or a gift for the children of the house. If you post a thank you note the next day, the host will be impressed with your impeccable manners.

Business gifts are frowned upon in this country, which takes corporate social responsibility very seriously, and frowns on bribery and corruption. Christmas gifts between colleagues who get on well are acceptable, as long as they are given in the workplace; it would be seen as strange to post a gift to a colleague at home. It is normal practice in Luxembourg to send new year’s greeting cards to clients, thanking them for their custom and wishing them a prosperous year to come.

Since temperatures and weather can change during the course of the day, and your workplace may be a very different temperature to your commute, wearing layers is useful.

Luxembourg City offers a cafe culture during better weather, but a cool wind or setting sun can change the temperature quickly as you sit enjoying a drink, so carry a jumper or coat with you. Restaurants and bars stay open until late, although shops and services will shut between 4.30 and 8pm.

You will definitely need an umbrella in Luxembourg. It rains fairly often, although not usually heavily, and door to door parking is virtually unknown in towns and cities.

Clothing stores in Luxembourg tend to be more upmarket than some expats are used to, though supermarkets offer limited ranges of cheap clothing. The shopping mall in Strassen also offers good options, and shopping trips to nearby countries are also possible.

If you enjoy swimming or attending spa days, always bring appropriate swimming costumes. Women wear either full costumes or bikinis. Many establishments insist on the French custom of skimpy swimming trunks for men. This is because baggy shorts are worn throughout the day by some men during hot weather, and it would be unhygienic to then wear them in the swimming pool also.

Swimming caps are not normally required, though they are often sold in the shops at pool and spa entrances, along with swimming attire, swimming goggles and so on. You can often hire a towel and dressing gown.

As with many European countries, clothing and costumes cannot be worn in the sauna or steam rooms. Your towel will be the only means of covering up, although most visitors will be happily uncovered. Everyone is expected to sit on their towels, for reasons of hygiene. Slippers and flip flops should be left at the door outside, along with any jewellery.



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