Despite all the alarming weather changes that have been going on around the world in the recent years, Bulgaria
still boasts a humid continental climate with four well defined seasons.
The Bulgarian summer is warm and sunny with average temperatures between 22 and 25°C and is perfect for all sorts of tourist activities. However, July and August can get extremely hot sometimes and the temperatures may rise well over 38°C, so make sure you avoid exposing yourself to direct sunlight during the interval 11.30 am – 4pm, or at least wear a hat and sun block and drink a lot of liquids.
The autumn is colourful and pleasant. September and October often enjoy temperatures of 20 - 22°C which create the best possible atmosphere for casual strolls along the leafy alleys of the city parks and towns. Of course, the rains are an inseparable part of autumn’s unpredictable charm, so you’d better keep an umbrella and a warm jacket with you at all times.
Chilly wind and snow – this is the typical Bulgarian winter
. Should you choose to visit the country during this season, wrap up warmly as the average temperature drops to 0°C. But nothing is that dismal, actually. The mountains
are full of keen skiers and mountaineers and the cities, the towns and the spa resorts are swarming with tourists who enjoy the white idyll of the coldest season.
Ah, the spring
. This is when white gives way to green and the country starts blooming. March and April can be rather cool with occasional rains and even snowfalls, while May is warm and sunny. The beauty of the countryside
is never more apparent than during this season.
When to go…
to the mountain:
welcome tourists all the year round. The skiing season usually starts in December and lasts until the end of April. The summer there is cool and provides excellent opportunities for hiking, climbing and biking. It is also great for picnics and relaxation. The autumn and the spring are painted in many pretty colours and are especially attractive to those who can cope with the tons of wet fallen leaves and the melting snow.
to the seaside:
If the year is good, the season lasts from the end of May until the end of September. The season’s peak is in July and August when the weather is the hottest. The seaside
is typically warm, rain-free and less crowded in the months of May, June and September. The average temperature of the sea water in September is 22°C for the region around Varna
to the North and 23°C for Burgas
to the South.