Weather and climate

One of the most interesting things about Romanian climate is that we have summers like in Egypt and winters like in Sweden. If we consider the extreme record temperatures, we have an unbelievable difference: 44.5°C (112°F – August 10, 1951 South-Eastern Romania) and -38.5°C (-37.3°F) – January 24, 1942 (Central Romania). Rarely there is an 82 degrees difference between the highest and the lowest temperature in the same territory.

In the extreme southeast, Black Sea influences offer a milder, maritime climate.

Romania has a continental temperate climate, with four seasons, which lately, because of the world climatic changes, are not very distinct. Normally, the spring is agreeable, with average temperatures, cool nights and mornings and warm days.

The Carpathians serve as a barrier to Atlantic air masses, limiting their oceanic influences to the west and center of the country.

The summer is hot, with long sunny days. The rains and storms in summer are fast and spectacular, with lights and thunders. The southern and eastern side are the warmest ones, and in the mountains there are more pleasant temperatures in summer.

Rainfall, although adequate throughout the country, decreases from west to east and from mountains to plains.

Fall is rainy in Romania and there is fog, sleet, drizzle and hoar frost. Sometimes Romania has beautiful warm autumns, with a pale sunlight, days becoming smaller and smaller, but usually the weather changes a lot in autumn and you can never know when you need an umbrella. Romania in fall looks very much like London.

Climatic conditions are somewhat modified by the country’s varied topography.

The winter is cold and usually it snows a lot. Especially in the mountains, there are big chances that the snow would not melt during December and April. On the seaside there is not so much snow, in general.

Warmest month: July (traditionally called “the oven”)
Coldest month: January
Wettest month: June
Driest month: February