Monthly weather forecast and climate
Skopje, Macedonia

Yellow flower blossoms in front of The Archaeological Museum across the Bridge of Civilization in Skopje, Macedonia
Yellow flower blossoms in front of The Archaeological Museum across the Bridge of Civilization in Skopje, Macedonia
Skopje has a Mediterranean type of climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with hot and wet summers and cold and humid winters. The capital of Macedonia, Skopje, lies along the banks of the Vardar River in the northern part of the country, in the center of the Balkan Peninsula. The Mediterranean Sea wields influence on the climate in the region to an extent, while the mountain ranges act as a natural barrier.

Skopje lies inland, away from the Adriatic and Aegean Seas, at an average elevation of 245 meters above sea level. The topography mainly consists of hills, mountains, woodlands and river valleys with the highest point at 1066 meters on Mount Vodno. The mountain ranges to the north and south of the city, such as the Skopska Crna Gora and Jakupica limit the width of Skopje to 6 miles.

The summer season is hot in Skopje as the city lies in the river valley surrounded by mountains. The average high temperatures soar to 31.7°C (89.1°F) in August, at the peak of the summer and many days record 37.8°C (100°F). Winters are cold, and the nights occasionally drop below -6.7°C (19.9°F) during the chilly month of January. Early spring and late autumn tend to be cold, while the rest of spring and autumn is pleasant. The north-west wind that blows through the Vardar Valley keeps Skopje cold during the winter.

Skopje registers approximately 2339 hours of annual sunshine with ample sunshine from May to September. The average humidity is 70% during the year, with a peak throughout late autumn and winter. The rainfall occurs throughout the year, and the annual precipitation measures approximately 482.6mm (19"). Snow accumulates mainly in the mountains, and the winter records 20 snowy days. Foggy conditions prevail during the cold season, especially in the mornings and nights.

The highest recorded temperature in Skopje is 43.7°C (110.7°F), while the lowest temperature on record is -25.8°C (-14.4°F).
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The best time to visit Skopje is from May to September, from late spring to early autumn except for July and August when the heat rises considerably. The weather is pleasant, and the rainfall is moderate - spring brings a fresh aroma, while autumn is bright and colorful. The sunshine lasts for a significant part of the day, and the average humidity is low from spring to early autumn compared to the winter.

The winter season from December to February is usually the worst time to visit Skopje. The cold is numbing, and the proximity to the mountains occasionally freezes the city. Snowfall is common in the mountains, while the city also bears a part of the snow. The skies are mostly dark with the prolonged absence of the sun, while the humidity levels are the highest of the year.

Skopje is prone to severe thunderstorms, floods, and seismic activities. The earthquake of 1963 destroyed almost 80% of the city after which called for a design to limit collateral damage in the future. Severe thunderstorms frequent the region, mostly during late spring and summer in the mountain ranges surrounding the city. The Vardar River is prone to flooding after heavy rains since ancient times, but currently, the risk is minimal due to the construction of the Kozjak dam.

January is the coldest month of the year in Skopje with the average temperatures in the range of -3.9°C (25°F) to 4.4°C (39.9°F). Weather in January »

February rests during the winter season of Skopje with cold days and dark skies, as average temperatures are in the -2.2°C (28°F) to 8.3°C (46.9°F) zone. Weather in February »

March is the beginning of the spring season in Skopje that brings freshness in the air. The average temperatures are in the 1.7°C (35.1°F) to 13.9°C (57°F) range. Weather in March »

April is a mild spring month in Skopje with unpredictable rain and moderate sunshine. The temperatures step up in the warm zone of 5.6°C (42.1°F) to 18.9°C (66°F). Weather in April »

The average temperatures in Skopje are in the warm range of 10°C (50°F) to 24.4°C (75.9°F) with a drop in humidity to 66%. Weather in May »

Overall, June is one of the best times to visit Skopje, with temperatures rarely touching 32.2°C (90°F) on the higher side. Weather in June »

July is the brightest month of the year in Skopje, with monthly sunshine of 323 hours. The average temperature range lies between 15.6°C (60.1°F) and 31.1°C (88°F). Weather in July »

August is usually the hottest month of the year in Skopje as the average high temperature reaches 31.7°C (89.1°F). Weather in August »

The average temperatures between 11.1°C (52°F) and 26.7°C (80.1°F) mean mostly pleasant nights and warm to occasional hot days. Weather in September »

The temperatures average in the range of 7.2°C (45°F) to 20°C (68°F), and the conditions are pleasant during the day but lean on the colder side during the nights. Weather in October »

The average temperatures are between 1.7°C (35.1°F) to 11.7°C (53.1°F), the nights are chilly, and even the days are cold. Weather in November »

December is the beginning of the cold winter in Skopje with the average temperatures in the -1.7°C (28.9°F) to 5.6°C (42.1°F) range. Weather in December »

What is the coldest month in Skopje?

With an average high-temperature of 4.5°C (40.1°F) and an average low-temperature of -3.8°C (25.2°F), January is the coldest month.

How many days does it rain in Skopje?

Throughout the year, there are 106 rainfall days, and 484mm (19.1") of precipitation is accumulated.

When does it snow in Skopje?

January through April, October through December are months with snowfall.

How many days does it snow in Skopje?

Throughout the year, in Skopje, Macedonia, there are 20.3 snowfall days.

What is the snowiest month in Skopje?

Months with the most snowfall days are January, February and December, with an average of 5 snowfall days.

What is the driest month in Skopje?

The month with the least rainfall is February when the rain falls for 9 days and typically collects 29mm (1.1") of precipitation.

What is the wettest month in Skopje?

The month with the most rainfall is June when the rain falls for 10 days and typically aggregates up to 54mm (2.1") of precipitation.

What is the warmest month in Skopje?

The warmest month in Skopje is August, with an average high-temperature of 31.5°C (88.7°F) and an average low-temperature of 15.7°C (60.3°F).
Average temperature - Skopje, Macedonia
Average humidity - Skopje, Macedonia
Average rainfall - Skopje, Macedonia
Average rainfall days - Skopje, Macedonia

Months with the highest number of rainy days are May and December (11 days).
Months with the lowest number of rainy days are August and September (6 days).

Average snowfall days - Skopje, Macedonia

Months with the highest number of snowfall days are January, February and December (5 days).
Months with the lowest number of snowfall days are May, June, July, August and September (0 days).

Average daylight / Average sunshine - Skopje, Macedonia
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