The Republic of Macedonia is located in the southeastern part of Europe, among the countries of the Balkan Peninsula. The area of the territory is 25.3 thousand km2. The capital Skopje is located in the north of the state. The republic does not have access to the sea, however, from the south-west, the border is washed by the Ohrid lakes (with an area of 360 km2) and Prespa (with an area of 275 km2). The full-flowing rivers Vardar and Strumica cross the country from north to south.
The relief of Macedonia is predominantly folded. Earthquakes are possible here. Flat valleys with rivers stretched between the mountain ranges. The climate of the country passes from the temperate zone to the subtropical one. Not cold in winter, not hot in summer. The average amount of precipitation per year reaches 700 mm.
The time of the tourist season in Macedonia depends on the goals. Nature tourism will be comfortable in the summer, when the rains are not so plentiful. And it is better to explore the sights in May and September. Ski and balneological resorts are popular: Popova-Shapka, Mavrovo, Debarski-Bani. Tourists also visit the capital, the cities of Bitola (south), Kumanovo (northeast), Prilep (center), Tetevo (northwest). Choose a travel date by studying the weather conditions in Macedonia by months, and go on a tour.
Weather in Macedonia in January
January is the height of the ski season in Macedonia. Although in the flat regions, the snow will melt quickly. The air temperature during daylight hours ranges from +3°С to +4°С. At night, the thermometer drops below zero, which maintains the snow cover on the slopes of the mountains. In a month, 2-4 days are recorded with precipitation, 33 mm in the south and 47 mm in the north. The water temperature in the lakes is equal to the air temperature, +3°С…+4°С. The wind speed this month is 1.8 m/s.
Weather in Macedonia in February
In February, the ski resorts of Krushevo and Mavrovo are still popular. It is not cold outside this month, which makes the rest comfortable. The daytime air temperature fluctuates between +6°С…+7°С, the night temperature is set at around -1°С. Precipitation is recorded, as in January, up to 47 mm. And the water in the lakes warms up to +6°C by the end of the month.
Weather in Macedonia in March
With the onset of spring, warm weather comes to Macedonia. In the capital, the daily air temperature is set within +13°С…+22°С. And at night, the temperature amplitude ranges from +3°С to +11°С. To the south, the air is warmer by a couple of degrees. Although the snow cover in the country still remains, the positive temperatures force the ski season to be closed. The amount of precipitation in March does not change, from 36 to 48 mm. But the gusts of air masses are record-breaking, reaching 2.5 m/s. The average water temperature in the lakes is +8°C, but by the end of the month it is +10°C.
Weather in Macedonia in April
In April, the weather conditions are even more conducive to long walks and walking tours. The air temperature in the daytime ranges from +15°С to +25°С. At night, the temperature regime is within + 5 ° С… + 14 ° С. The wind subsides a little, up to 2.3 m/s. The number of days with precipitation decreases, 2-3. However, the rains are becoming more abundant, now 42-52 mm of precipitation falls per month. The water temperature in the lakes is +10°С…+13°С.
Weather in Macedonia in May
In May, the amount of precipitation increases abnormally, due to which this month is considered the rainiest in Macedonia. In the north, 71.2 mm falls in 5 days, and in the south – 90 mm in 8 days. Thunder and lightning are registered. The air temperature in the daytime ranges from +15°C to +25°C, while at night it fluctuates in the range of +5°C to +10°C. The average water temperature in May is +15°C.
Weather in Macedonia in June
June daytime air temperature is set within +26°С, and nighttime thermometer readings are in the range of +8°С…+11°С. The amount of precipitation is sharply reduced, now in the north 56 mm of precipitation falls in 4 rainy days, and in the south 53.7 mm in 3 days. The wind in June subsides to 2 m/s. The water in the lakes warms up by another 2 degrees, +17°С, but by the end of the month there are jumps up to +23°С…+24°С.
Weather in Macedonia in July
In July, the daily air temperature in the capital of Macedonia is set at around +27°С. And in the south, daytime temperatures reach + 30.8 ° С. The average night air temperature throughout the country ranges from +10°C to +14°C. The amount of precipitation continues to decrease, now 39-41 mm falls in 3 days. The sun warms up the water in Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa to +24°С…+26°С. The speed of air masses is in the range of 1.8-2 m/s.
Weather in Macedonia in August
In August, temperatures reach their maximum. During the day, the thermometer rises to + 31 ° С, and at night it slips to + 14 ° С. There are 1-2 rainy days per month. Note that in the south of Macedonia this is the driest period, when the amount of precipitation does not exceed 30 mm. At the same time, August is the most windless month, the speed of air masses barely reaches 1.5 m/s.
Weather in Macedonia in September
In September, the windless period continues in Macedonia. What can not be said about the amount of precipitation. This figure is skyrocketing. In the south, 56 mm of precipitation is recorded per month, and in the north, up to 44 mm falls. The air temperature during the day is within + 23 ° С… + 25 ° С, and at night the indicators are reduced by + 9 ° С… + 12 ° С. The water in the lakes also cools down, +17°С…+20°С.
Weather in Macedonia in October
In October, the August drought returns. In the north, the amount of precipitation does not exceed 32 mm, and in the south – 27 mm. The air cools down to +16°С…+18°С during the daytime, and at night the thermometer drops to +5°С…+8°С. The wind speed in October reaches 2 m/s. The water temperature in the lakes drops to +10°C by the end of the month.
Weather in Macedonia in November
In November, it already snows in Macedonia, but the official ski season begins in December. This is because the average daily air temperature does not fall below zero, respectively, the snow cover does not last long. Daytime air temperature is within +11°С…+12°С, and at night within +2°С…+4°С. 2 days are recorded with precipitation, 30-39 mm falls.
Weather in Macedonia in December
In December, the air temperature during the day is set at +5°С… +6°С, and frosts are already recorded at night. On average, the bar drops to -2°C. December is the driest month in the capital. So, in Skopje, the amount of precipitation does not exceed 22 mm. In the south, 35 mm is recorded at this time. The speed of air masses in December is 2 m/s.