The larger part of Bulgaria has a moderately-continental climate. The four clearly expresses seasons, along with the variety of nature – mountains with broad-leaved and coniferous forests, hilly plains, picturesque river valleys, the sea – create a number of specific micro-climatic conditions. Spring is mild, summer is warm, autumn – cool and sunny, and winter – not very cold, with snowfalls on the high mountains. All this makes Bulgaria a preferable resting place for the tourists.
The Black Sea affects the climate in the coastal area of Eastern Bulgaria. That is why winters in that part are milder. The average air temperature in January is 0-3 °C, and in July – 22-23 °C. The quantity of rain is comparatively regular in all the seasons.
The high mountain areas have comparatively low temperatures and heavy snowfalls, which creates good conditions for winter sports and tourism. At places the snow stays for over 200 days a year.
In the Eastern Rhodopes, the Strandza Mountain and around the valleys of the rivers Struma and Mesta, the climate is continental-Mediterranean. Winter snowing prevails. The winters are mild, the springs come earlier, and the summers are hot, with average temperatures in July about 24-25 °C.
The average yearly temperature in Bulgaria is 10.5 °C, and in summer – 22 °C. The winter temperatures vary between 13 and 15 °C.