Sofia Climate & Weather
Sofia Climate and Weather
Sofia's climate is one of its main positive attributes. Situated on an open plain only 1,804 feet (550m) above sea level and ringed in by the Balkan and Vitosha Mountains, summer days in Sofia are warm and sunny with temperatures occasionally soaring above 86ºF (30ºC). Winters are cold and snowy. Winter temperatures usually drop to around 38°F (3°C). Temperatures are moderated by the Black Sea in the east, and Mediterranean influences moderate the interior's harsher continental climate. December and January are the coldest months and July and August are the hottest months. The capital receives 25.6 inches (650mm) of rain a year with most rain falling in the summer; April, May and June tend to be the wettest months. Bulgaria has four distinct seasons and Sofia is typical of the Bulgarian climate; summer is the peak tourist season but winter also attracts many visitors to the ski slopes. Spring and autumn are pleasantly mild seasons and both are known for their beautiful colours; in spring the whole country blossoms and Sofia is full of blooms, and in autumn the fall colours are rich and vibrant. Sofia is therefore a year-round tourist destination, and the Vitosha Mountain looming above the city has activities for every season.
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