Serbia has two distinct climates. The weather in the north is typically cold in winter and hot and humid in summer. Summers are hot and dry in southern Serbia. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year in northern Serbia while the country’s southern coast experiences a more Mediterranean climate compared to its continental interior.
Serbia’s average temperatures range between 81°F during the height of summer and 23°F in the middle of winter. Northern Serbia receives more rain and snow than southern Serbia, while inland Serbia receives three times more precipitation than coastal areas. The many mountain ranges help cool most of the country’s warm air masses, while easterly ‘kosava’ winds help dry the autumns and winters.
Sandžak’s winters are especially harsh, and the autumns are generally milder than its springs. June is Serbia’s rainiest month, while February and October are the driest months. Serbia enjoys between 1,500 to 2,200 hours of sunshine each year.
Best Time to Visit Serbia
The summer months of July and August are both Serbia’s busiest season and most ideal time to visit. Even during the heat of Serbia’s high summer season, however, visitors will rarely encounter large crowds, and most of Serbia has yet to experience mass tourism. Temperatures are hot and rainfall is scarce during the summers. Summer visitors will also experience the largest amount of Serbian festivals and special events.
Crowds and costs both decrease even further during the spring and autumn, when temperatures are still mild enough to comfortably walk around most of the country. Winter, however, is the ski season, which begins in December and lasts until March. Although winters can be uncomfortably cold in the far north, visitors can still have an enjoyable winter vacation as long as they wrap up well.