The best times to visit Sofia for ideal weather are

April 30th to October 7th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Sofia Travel Info

Weather in Sofia

Temperature

Average temperatures in Sofia vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 38th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Sofia, the hottest months are August, July, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid July where highs are regularly around 88.2°F (31.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 59.9°F (15.5°C) at night.

Sofia Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Sofia Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Sofia Perceived Temperature (F)

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Sofia Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Sofia Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

MonthAvg. High (°F)Avg. Mean (°F)Avg. Low (°F)
Jan40.931.623.1
Feb45.235.226
Mar55.143.932.8
Apr64.753.140.7
May73.76249.5
Jun80.168.155.4
Jul8672.958.8
Aug86.77359
Sep76.563.851.5
Oct64.95341.8
Nov5544.334.4
Dec42.533.625.5

Show Celsius

MonthAvg. High (°C)Avg. Mean (°C)Avg. Low (°C)
Jan4.9-0.2-4.9
Feb7.31.8-3.3
Mar12.86.60.4
Apr18.211.74.8
May23.216.79.7
Jun26.720.113
Jul3022.714.9
Aug30.422.815
Sep24.717.710.8
Oct18.311.75.4
Nov12.86.81.3
Dec5.80.9-3.6

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Sofia are February, November, and then August. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late October to early November. For example, on the week of October 29th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid April with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of April 16th.

When can you find snow in Sofia? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to early February. The best time to ski (if at all) in Sofia is often around around December 17th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Sofia.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Sofia (in).

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Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (in)Total Precipitation (in)
Jan14%3.81.4
Feb10%5.81.3
Mar18%31.9
Apr18%0.52.2
May23%03
Jun24%03
Jul17%02.3
Aug11%02.3
Sep21%02.8
Oct19%3.22.6
Nov10%2.21.2
Dec16%21.6

Show Centimeters

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (cm)Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan149.73.6
Feb1014.73.3
Mar187.64.8
Apr181.35.6
May2307.6
Jun2407.6
Jul1705.8
Aug1105.8
Sep2107.1
Oct198.16.6
Nov105.63
Dec165.14.1

 

Humidity and Wind

Sofia has some extremely humid months, with other moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is August (48.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (81.2%).

Wind in Sofia is usually calm. The windiest month is March, followed by February and April. March’s average wind speed of around 7.1 knots (8.1 MPH or 13.1 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late March where average top sustained speeds reach 15.1 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Sofia.

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Avg. Relative Humidity

Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

MonthAvg. WindAvg. Wind FeelSustained High WindHigh Wind Feel
Jan5.6Light breeze11.8Significant breeze
Feb6.8Light breeze13.1Significant breeze
Mar7.1Gentle breeze14.5Significant breeze
Apr6.3Light breeze13.7Significant breeze
May5.9Light breeze13.5Significant breeze
Jun5.7Light breeze13.1Significant breeze
Jul5.6Light breeze12.3Significant breeze
Aug5.3Light breeze11.4Significant breeze
Sep5.5Light breeze11.7Significant breeze
Oct5.4Light breeze11Significant breeze
Nov5.3Light breeze11.3Significant breeze
Dec5.5Light breeze11.4Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

MonthAvg. Relative Humidity
Jan80.1%
Feb70.8%
Mar59.7%
Apr54.2%
May58%
Jun57.8%
Jul49.3%
Aug48.4%
Sep56.6%
Oct68.2%
Nov74.1%
Dec81.2%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Sofia?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Bulgaria; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Sofia, Bulgaria is August, followed by January and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Sofia in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 55.5 in November means 55.5% of the tourists vs. August.

 

 

Overall Sofia Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 75.7°F (24.3°C) and 48.5°F (9.2°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 7 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 3 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Sofia, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 80.5°F (26.9°C) and 49°F (9.4°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 3 to 6 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Sofia to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 51.7°F (10.9°C) and 37.8°F (3.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 3 to 5 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.

 

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