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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.


Climate figures
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 average.
For the following towns and areas specific climate figures are available: Bitola, Ohrid, Skopje, Stip and Western Macedonia.

temperature (°C)


temperature (°C)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (°C)
January 2 -6 2 10 n/a
February 4 -4 3 9 n/a
March 7 -1 4 10 n/a
April 12 2 6 11 n/a
May 18 8 7 9 n/a
June 24 11 8 6 n/a
July 25 13 9 5 n/a
August 26 12 9 6 n/a
September 22 9 7 7 n/a
October 14 5 5 8 n/a
November 5 -1 3 12 n/a
December 2 -5 2 13 n/a
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

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:

chance of
(very) hot


chance of
(very) cool
chance of

chance of
chance of
sunny days


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