The climate of Macedonia
Macedonia has a moderate continental climate with warm dry summers and
cool winters with fairly much (wintry) precipitation. The many
mountains prevent the temperatures from getting high, except in the
summer months. In the summer months temperatures of 30 to 35 degrees
regularly occur in the capital of Skopje or even 40 degrees in the
south. Periods of extreme warmth often end up with heavy
thunderstorms. Thanks to the many warm days more and more tourists
find their way to Macedonia. The only disadvantage of this destination
is that it is one of the few countries in the Balkans that is not
situated on a sea. Therefore Macedonia is not an option for
beach lovers. However this is compensated by a wealth of sights and
culture. Practically everybody who visited Macedonia has been
fascinated by its beauty.
In the mountains there is pretty much snowfall, not seldom in
large amounts. In some places the snow lies until May or even June.
Also the capital of Skopje is regularly annoyed by the snow in the
wintermonths. Everyday life is regularly paralysed from snowfall.
Changes in temperature
Just like in practically the entire Balkan area big rises and
drops in temperature in a relatively short period are not an unknown
phenomenon. Within one 24 hour’s day (difference between minimum and
maximum temperature) as well as within some days (break in the
weather) there are sometimes big differences.
The figures below are based on registered weather information of
more than one year and are an average for the whole of Macedonia. In
the capital of Skopje it is warmer on an average and there is less
precipitation; in the mountains it is somewhat colder and wetter on an
For the following towns and areas specific climate figures are
available: Bitola, Ohrid,
Skopje, Stip and
More climate information
Climate figures come in handy but do not offer an overall picture of
the climate and the possible weather conditions within a particular
period. You cannot often find in figures how big the chance is of
wintry weather, (extreme) heat or hurricanes. Therefore we monthly
offer useful extra climate information:
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