Bulgaria Tourist Information - Climate


The climate in Northern Bulgaria is moderate continental, while the climate in Southern Bulgaria is intermediate continental tending to Mediterranean. The climate in the regions with an altitude of 1900-2000 m above sea level is mountainous and along the Black Sea coast it is maritime. The climate of the seaside regions is milder in the winter and cooler in the summer than the climate of the interior of the country. The average annual temperature is 10,50C, in winter about 00C. The lowest temperature - 38,30C - was measured in 1947.

Marked by four distinct seasons, Bulgaria enjoys a generally favorable climate that is one of the country's best features. Although located at the same latitude as southern New England, Bulgaria's climate is noticeably more temperate. Summers are typically hot and dry, but rarely oppressive, with moderate relative humidity. Winters are cold but not bitterly so. In the south and Black Sea coastal regions, Mediterranean influences temper the harsher continental climate of the interior. The country's half-dozen mountain groups also play a significant part in determining regional variances.

Weather forecast from Bulgarian National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology - www.meteo.bg

City weather forecast links from CNN
- SOFIA (north-western)
- PLOVDIV (mid-central)
- RUSE (north central)
- VARNA ( Black Sea Coast)

In the capital, Sofia, daytime high temperatures average 82F/28C in July-August; 37F/3C in January, and reflect the ameliorating effects of nearby Mt. Vitosha. The wettest months are April-May and November in the interior; June, October and December along the coast. In mid-summer, the coast enjoys prodigious sunshine with daytime high air temperatures averaging 83F/28C and water temps ranging around 73-77F/23-25C.

Beach Climate Parameters

Average Value

May

June

July

August

September

Daily temperature C°

22

26

29

29

24

Night temperature, C°

12

16

17

15

13

Sea water temperature, C°

15

19

21

23

20

Sunny hours per day

8

10

10

11

8

Rainy days per month

7

8

6

3

4

Mountain Climate Parameters

Average Value

December

January

February

March

Daily temperature C°

- 2.1

- 4.6

- 3.2

0.8

Average snow coverage (cm)

30 - 60

100 - 140

60

30

Snowy days per month

5

7

5

3

 

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