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Best time to visit Sofia, Bulgaria

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The best time to visit Sofia is July

Sofia can be visited year-round, but based on the ideal climate conditions, cost of travel, and avoiding peak holiday periods, July is the best time to go.

In the height of summer, temperatures in Sofia can reach a maximum of 30℃ (86℉). The weather at night in the winter can get down to temperatures as low as -13℃ (8℉).

The longest days between sunrise and sunset in Sofia are usually in August, so if you want to get the most out of your daytime activities, be sure to plan your visit around this time. To stay dry, avoid travelling to Sofia in June – It’s the wettest month of the year.

Learn everything you need to know to help you decide when to go to Sofia below, and don’t forget to use the awesome travel tools we know and love to help you find the best deals and make booking your vacation a breeze!

Warmest month

August

Least rainfall

February

Most daylight

August

Sofia seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Sofia as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Sofia is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Sofia

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Sofia for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Sofia climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Sofia for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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JUL
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OCT
NOV
DEC

Sofia in January

  • Average temperature: -2℃ (29℉)
  • Average high temperature: 2℃ (36℉)
  • Average low temperature: -5℃ (23℉)
  • Average humidity: 86%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 26mm (1") over 9 days
  • Average snow days: 9 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sofia in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Sofia in February

  • Average temperature: 1℃ (34℉)
  • Average high temperature: 5℃ (40℉)
  • Average low temperature: -3℃ (27℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 8 days
  • Average snow days: 8 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sofia in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Sofia in March

  • Average temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average high temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average low temperature: 1℃ (33℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 43mm (2") over 14 days
  • Average snow days: 6 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sofia in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Sofia in April

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (49℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average humidity: 70%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 44mm (2") over 17 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sofia in April, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Sofia in May

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average high temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average low temperature: 7℃ (44℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 61mm (2") over 21 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
21 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sofia in May, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Sofia in June

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 68mm (3") over 19 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sofia in June, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings, and t-shirts and light gear for the daytime.


Sofia in July

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average humidity: 67%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 61mm (2") over 16 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sofia in July, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings, and t-shirts and light gear for the daytime.


Sofia in August

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average humidity: 61%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 26mm (1") over 9 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sofia in August, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Sofia in September

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (49℉)
  • Average humidity: 65%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 26mm (1") over 11 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sofia in September, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.

Sofia in October

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average high temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (42℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 24mm (1") over 9 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sofia in October, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Sofia in November

  • Average temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average high temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 26mm (1") over 9 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sofia in November, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Sofia in December

  • Average temperature: 0℃ (33℉)
  • Average high temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average low temperature: -3℃ (27℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 26mm (1") over 9 days
  • Average snow days: 8 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sofia in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Sofia is usually August, where temperatures tend to rise to around 27℃ (80℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Sofia is generally around February. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in February first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Sofia is generally around June, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of June too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Sofia, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in August are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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