Best Time to Visit Macedonia

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Macedonia. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Bitola. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Macedonia for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol -5 °C to 29 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 1.222.87 in (4 – 9 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location

Macedonia is located in south-eastern Europe and borders Albania to the west, Kosovo and Serbia to the north, Bulgaria to the east and Greece to the south.

The capital of the landlocked state is Skopje. About 2.1 million people live in Macedonia, covering an area of 16000 square miles. This results in a population density of about 80 inhabitants per square kilometre.

The former Yugoslav Republic has been independent since 1991 and has been considered a potential candidate for accession to the European Union since 2005. The landscape is characterised by several mountains and high altitudes, which make up almost 80% of the total area.

Macedonia belongs to the historic region of Macedonia, which belongs mainly to the northern part of Greece. The Greeks are therefore still angry about the naming of Macedonia, even though economic and political cooperation between the two countries has improved significantly.

Climate in Macedonia

Prespa beach, Macedonia (Andrey)  [flickr.com]  CC BY 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The southern Balkan state is characterised by a continental climate with cold and rather humid winters and hot and dry summers. The spring and autumn months are quite cold and also characterised by occasional precipitation of up to 2.2 in, for example in southern Bitola. The highest temperatures occur in the north and northeast of Macedonia.

In the capital Skopje the months July and August reach up to 30 °C. In southern Bitola, as in large parts of Macedonia, temperatures can reach 29 °C in July. In winter, most areas are below freezing and snowfall occurs. In the mountains the climate is even rougher. A lot of snow falls here in the months of November to April in icy temperatures.

Best Time to Visit Macedonia: Overview

JanuaryJan
MaximumMax. 3 °C
FebruaryFeb
MaximumMax. 7 °C
MarchMar
MaximumMax. 11 °C
AprilApr
TemperaturesTemp. up to 17 °C
MayMay
TemperaturesTemp. up to 22 °C
JuneJun
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OctoberOct
TemperaturesTemp. up to 18 °C
NovemberNov
MaximumMax. 12 °C
DecemberDec
MaximumMax. 5 °C

When to visit Macedonia?


The best time to visit Macedonia is between June and September. During this time you can do excellent hiking and trekking tours in warm temperatures and dry weather. The spring and autumn months are also suitable for this, with somewhat milder temperatures but also a higher risk of rain.

Macedonia also offers many opportunities for alpine sports. The months of January to March are ideal for winter sports in the mountains. The temperatures here are correspondingly cold and regular rainfall ensures well-snowed slopes.

If you would like to make a cultural mark on your trip to Skopje, you can put out your feelers here as early as April. 2.36 in of rainfall in May is manageable and nothing stands in the way of an extensive exploration of the city.

Climate Chart Macedonia

Bitola

Climate Chart Bitola
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Macedonia

In the following, you will find the climate table for Macedonia, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Bitola (Macedonia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature11°17°22°26°29°29°25°18°12°
Night Temperature-5°-2°12°13°13°10°-3°
Precipitation (inch)1.971.972.011.732.41.571.571.221.382.22.872.68
Rainy days888786545689
Hours of Sunshine345781011108642
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Bitola is 11 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: July (21.7 °C)
Coldest month: January (-0.8 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 23.58 inch on 82 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, March, April, November, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 10.8 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6.4 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


In Skopje there are many highlights to see on a city tour. The Old Bazaar offers very good shopping facilities in an authentic atmosphere. The Stone Bridge offers an excellent backdrop especially after dusk with beautiful light illuminations.

In the southern town of Ohrid you will find the lake of the same name which presents itself impressively, a real Macedonian gem. At the edge of the lake is St. Jovan Kaneo, one of the landmarks of Macedonia. For all photographers, this church offers a popular”postcard motif”.

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Bitola
scattered clouds     scattered clouds, 22 °C
Clouds: 40 %       Wind: 9 mph NNW
Air Pressure: 1010 hPa       Humidity: 68 %
Last updated: 6th Jul 2020, 01:52 pm
The next days …
7th Jul 20208th Jul 20209th Jul 202010th Jul 202011th Jul 202012th Jul 2020
light rain14 °C to 24 °Csky is clear11 °C to 25 °Csky is clear14 °C to 27 °Csky is clear15 °C to 28 °Csky is clear16 °C to 29 °Clight rain18 °C to 28 °C
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Clouds: 29 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 7 %
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