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Romania - Climate and Weather
The average annual temperature varies depending on latitude. However, the north experiences an average temperature of eight degrees Celsius, while the south, mountain and plains regions experience average temperatures of 11, 2.6 and 12 degrees Celsius respectively. The warmest areas are usually the southern districts of the country. There are small disparities in daytime temperatures, which usually range from zero to five degrees Celsius in winter and 25 to 30 degrees Celsius in summer. The southern areas are usually warmer than the northern and eastern areas.
Precipitation In Romania
Romania experiences average annual rainfalls of 700mm in the plains, 1000mm in the mountains and 400mm in the coast. It may rain throughout the year in some areas. However, spring is the driest season. Showers and thunderstorms are common features in the summer, especially in the mountain areas.
Precipitation is quite low in Bucharest, especially along the coast of the Black Sea, with less than 385mm a year. Thunderstorms are less frequent during summer, with rains ranging between 20 and 40mm per month throughout the year.
This area is located in the mountain areas of Romania and receives abundant rainfalls throughout the year. Winter usually lasts from December to February. Snowfall and cloudy skies are common features in winter.
The coldest regions in Romania are usually the Transylvanian plateaus, which are located to the west of Carpathians. Cluj-Napoca and Sibiu experience average temperatures of minus three degrees Celsius. Like other countries in the Balkan Peninsula, Romania experiences outbreaks of cold air masses during winter and spring. These air masses originate from Russia and Northern Europe.
Summers are usually warm and last from June to August. The warmest regions include the north, the plains and hills of Transylvania, the west and north of the Carpathian Mountains, Cluj-Napoca and Sibiu.
Bucharest and the Wallachia region are usually warmer during summer, with maximum temperatures of between 30 and 35 degrees Celsius. The northern plains and hills can also be quite warm in summer. Summers can be quite pleasant along the coast of the Black Sea. However, summer can be quite rainy, with afternoon thunderstorms that occur frequently between May and July, especially in the mountains. Thunderstorms may be so strong as to cause floods. The lowlands get more sunshine, while Transylvania and the mountains are usually covered with clouds at most times of year, with sunshine in the mornings.
The legendary Bran Castle, located more than 700 meters above sea level, experiences cold and snowy winters as well as pleasant summers. According to Romanian folklore, this is believed to be Dracula’s castle, so it is a popular tourist attraction. A similar climate is experienced in areas around Poenari castle, another popular tourist attraction that was home to the real Dracula, Prince Vlad III of Wallachia.
The climate around Romanian Moldova, home to the monasteries of Bucovina, is hot from July to August. However, the area experiences low temperatures at night. The area around the Black Sea experiences hot summers, and tourists can comfortably take a swim in the ocean during this time.
What To Pack
You’ll need to pack according to the seasons when visiting Romania. In winter, pack warm clothes including down jackets, gloves, scarves, sweatshirts, rain coats, umbrellas and a hat. In summer, pack light clothes including light jackets, t-shirts, long trousers and shorts. However, be sure to pack heavier clothes when visiting the mountains.
It’s a good idea to bring lighter clothes during summer, especially on the coast and in low-lying areas. However, you will need warmer clothes in winter and throughout the year if you intend to visit the uplands. It is also advisable to pack for wet weather throughout the year as it rains frequently in Romania, even in summer.
When To Visit Romania
If you don’t mind the rains and frequent afternoon thunderstorms, June can be a good time to visit. If you don’t like heat, consider visiting between May and September, when it is cooler throughout the country. While May experiences some afternoon thunderstorms, the weather is pleasant with lots of blooms during this month. September is another enjoyable month with less rain and more warm, sunny weather.
The best time for winter sports enthusiasts to visit Romania is between January and March. The slopes and tracks are usually covered with snow during these months. Temperatures at the beginning of the year can be extremely cold, especially in the rural areas located far from the coastline. It usually starts to warm up around April, when trees and meadows start to bloom.
As mentioned earlier, May can be wet, so bring waterproofs if visiting during this month. This is usually the best time to go bird watching along the Danube Delta. If you are into hiking, you will need to be a bit careful during this time because it can be slippery on steep slopes and mountains.
The best time for cultural sightseers to visit Romania is after the Easter holidays, when there are fewer crowds, the weather is milder and there is no snow on the city streets. Hikers would probably like to visit Romania during June. However, summers can be quite busy, meaning many people like to get out of the cities and into the countryside to avoid the crowds.
Students who are restricted by the school holidays may consider visiting Romania between July and August. However, you are likely to find fewer crowds and milder temperatures during September and October. While Romanian winters can be quite dark, they are usually the best time to visit Transylvania and enjoy bowls of soup in front of log fires.
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