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When to travel to Macedonia and Skopje: weather and seasons
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is a landlocked country located in southern Europe, between Serbia and Montenegro and Greece; it mostly has a pronounced continental climate, with very cold, damp winters and dry, subtropical summers when temperature reaches 40°C or higher.
Macedonia actually has three different climates: "Changed Mediteranean", "Mountaneous" and "Mildly Continental".
The changed mediteranean climate is represented in the Gevgelija-Valandovo ravine, the Dojran and the Strumica-Radovis ravines. This climate is characterized by long, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. Still, the average yearly rainfall in the areas with changed mediteranean climate is fairly low at 600-750 mm.
The mountaneous climate is found in the high mountaneous regions of the country. The average temperatures in the mountaneous climate decrease as you get higher. These regions have the highest yearly precipitation in the country with as much as 1,000 mm rain and snowfall.
The mildly continental climate is most characteristic of Macedonia, covering the biggest area. The summers and autumns are warm and dry. The best time to visit is from May through to October, when the weather is the warmest and the driest. Evenings, though, may be quite cool. So bring lightweight clothing for the summer months, with warmer wear for the evenings.
However, even in the warm months there can be big weather changes and believe it or not, snowfalls. Periodically, air breaks through mountain barriers to the north and south, bringing dramatically contrasting weather patterns; one example is the cold northerly wind known as the Vardarac.
The winters are wet, windy and cold with a lot of snow. Bring medium and heavy clothing and definitely wet weather gear.
Demir Kapija is the hottest town in the country with a summer temperature that can get up to 40 degrees Celsius. In July the average temperature is between 20 and 23°C (70 and 73°F). The average temperature in January is between –20 and 0°C (–4 and 32°F).
Climate in Macedonia
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