Seasons in Macedonia

The territory of Macedonia is divided by mountains into two parts. That is why there are two types of climate in Macedonia: temperate in the north and subtropical on the south. Except the mountainous areas, it's hot there in summer both in the south and north parts of Macedonia. Winter weather differs much: it is cold and snowy in the north and it is soft and warm enough in the south.

The average amount of precipitation per year is about 700 mm and the main part of them is in the north of the country. While there is absence of precipitations in the south, in north snowfalls can be heavy in winter, which can cause travel delays.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Macedonia

March brings warm spring weather to Macedonia after long and wet winter. The temperature in Skopje is about 68°F. In other south regions, such as Bitola and Ohrid, it is a little bit cooler – from 60 to 64°F. In April it’s not very hot yet – the temperature is about 72°F during daytime and at night it's still cool –nearly 41°F. In the south-western areas of the country, it is traditionally cooler in April - 59°F.

In mountainous areas Spring begins later – at the end of March. Heavy snowfall are rare but still could be observed. Warm weather comes here in April and spring lasts until June.

The climate of the spring months

(Skopje)

March
Max average t°: +13 °C (56 °F)
Min average t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 37 mm (1,5")
April
Max average t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Min average t°: +6 °C (43 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 46 mm (1.8")
May
Max average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Min average t°: +10,5 °C (51 °F)
Sundial in the day 11 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 67 mm (2,6")

Spring holidays

9 Apr   Orthodox Easter Monday

1 May   Labour Day
24 May   St Cyril and St Methodius Day

Summer in Macedonia

Macedonia is popular destination for European tourists in June. It is warm soft month for whole territory of the country. Even in hot Skopje it is nearly 78°F. Temperature of the air is really very high in July. In nearest to the capital of Macedonia areas it is about 86°F. Lack of precipitations and dry got air makes natives and tourists move to the mountainous areas and to the lakes where air is a little bit cooler.

The weather is the same in August. Hot and dry weather will stand in plains until the end of September. Sunny days are still here and there in no chance to face heavy rain or stormy weather.

The climate of the summer months

(Skopje)

June
Max average t°: +27 °C (81 °F)
Min average t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Sundial in the day: 13 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 53 mm (2,1")
July
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +15 °C (60 °F)
Sundial in the day: 13 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 40 mm (1,6")
August
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 1 days
Precipitation: 23 mm (0,9")


Summer holidays

15 Jun   Ramazan Bajram

2 Aug    Ilinden Day

Autumn in Macedonia

It is still hot enough in Macedonian plains during the whole September but the nights are cooler. Night time temperature is about 50°F. In the mountainous areas it is still warm bat it gets colder and the fall is about to begin at the end of September.

October is the month when Macedonian fall begins. It's getting cool and it's damp in the evenings. During the daytime the temperature does not rise above 67°F. In Ohrid the season of rains is about to begin.  The fall in plains actually begins in November. It is still warm enough and rains could be observed. Tops of mountains are already covered with snow. In the south season of rains begins.

The climate of the autumn months

(Skopje)

September
Max average t°: +26 °C (79 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 42 mm (1,7")
October
Max average t°: +19 °C (67 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (46 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 31 mm (1,2")
November
Max average t°: +11 °C (52 °F)
Min average t°:+3 °C (38 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 51 mm (2,0")

Autumn holidays

8 Sep     Independence Day

11 Oct   Revolution Day
23 Oct   Day of the Macedonian Revolution

Winter in Macedonia

While in Skopje temperature stands about 46°F in December in the north areas of the country ski season begins. There are already heavy layers of snow at Mavrovo, Krushevo and Bitola. Wet and cool - those are the main specifics of the Macedonian January. In the capital of Macedonia it is about 27°F and temperature level degrease on a sunny days to 37°F. There is no snow on the plains, but the ski resorts actively welcome tourists. February with typical snowfalls is the last month of ski season in north of the Republic, while at Skopje spring already begins. It is rainy and warm here with temperatures about 41°F.

The climate of the winter months

(Skopje)

December
Max average t°: +6 °C (42 °F)
Min average t°: -1 °C (30 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Snowy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 29 mm (1,1")
January
Max average t°: +4 °C (40 °F)
Min average t°:-3 °C (27 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6,2 hours
Snowy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 36 mm (1,4")
February
Max average t°:+8 °C (46 °F)
Min average t°: -1 °C (30 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6,4 hours
Snowy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 34 mm (1,3")

Winter holidays

8 Dec   Saint Clement of Ohrid Day.

1 Jan   New Year's Day
7 Jan   Orthodox Christmas Day
8 Jan   Orthodox Christmas Holiday