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Average Weather at Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport Macedonia

At Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport, the summers are hot and mostly clear and the winters are very cold and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 25°F to 89°F and is rarely below 13°F or above 98°F.

Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport for hot-weather activities is from late June to late August.

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The hot season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 1 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 79°F. The hottest day of the year is August 4, with an average high of 89°F and low of 62°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 22 to February 26, with an average daily high temperature below 50°F. The coldest day of the year is January 6, with an average low of 25°F and high of 40°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

Average High and Low Temperature at Skopje "Alexander the Great" AirporthotcoldcoldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F10°F20°F30°F40°F50°F60°F70°F80°F90°F100°FJan 640°FJan 640°FAug 489°FAug 489°F25°F25°F62°F62°FJun 179°FJun 179°FSep 1479°FSep 1479°FNov 2250°FNov 2250°FFeb 2650°FFeb 2650°F54°F54°F54°F54°F34°F34°F31°F31°FLowHighNowNow
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature

Average Hourly Temperature at Skopje "Alexander the Great" AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMNowNowfreezingvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhotcomfortablefreezingfreezing
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico, United States (6,128 miles away) and Moorefield, West Virginia, United States (4,954 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport (view comparison).

Clouds

At Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year at Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport begins around June 5 and lasts for 3.5 months, ending around September 19. On July 20, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 89% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 11% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around September 19 and lasts for 8.5 months, ending around June 5. On December 4, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 54% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 46% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories at Skopje "Alexander the Great" AirportclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 2089%Jul 2089%Dec 446%Dec 446%Jun 568%Jun 568%Sep 1968%Sep 1968%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 7.2 months, from November 14 to June 20, with a greater than 23% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 30% on June 4.

The drier season lasts 4.8 months, from June 20 to November 14. The smallest chance of a wet day is 16% on August 16.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 30% on June 4.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation at Skopje "Alexander the Great" AirportwetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jun 430%Jun 430%Aug 1616%Aug 1616%Nov 1423%Nov 1423%NowNowrainsnow
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year at Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around November 15, with an average total accumulation of 2.1 inches.

The least rain falls around January 15, with an average total accumulation of 0.9 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall at Skopje "Alexander the Great" AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in1 in2 in3 in4 inNov 152.1 inNov 152.1 inJan 150.9 inJan 150.9 inMay 241.7 inMay 241.7 inAug 131.1 inAug 131.1 inNowNow
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.

As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from November 13 to March 11, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 3, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.4 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 8.0 months, from March 11 to November 13. The least snow falls around July 22, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall at Skopje "Alexander the Great" AirportsnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.5 in1.0 in1.5 in2.0 inJan 30.4 inJan 30.4 inJul 220.0 inJul 220.0 inNov 130.1 inNov 130.1 inMar 110.1 inMar 110.1 inNowNow
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day at Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2020, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 7 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 15 hours, 14 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Skopje "Alexander the Great" AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 7 minMar 2012 hr, 7 minMar 2015 hr, 14 minJun 2015 hr, 14 minJun 2012 hr, 9 minSep 2212 hr, 9 minSep 229 hr, 7 minDec 219 hr, 7 minDec 21nightnightday
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 4:57 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 4 minutes later at 7:01 AM on January 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:02 PM on December 8, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 11 minutes later at 8:13 PM on June 27.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport during 2020, starting in the spring on March 29, lasting 6.9 months, and ending in the fall on October 25.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time at Skopje "Alexander the Great" AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 144:57 AMJun 144:57 AM8:13 PMJun 278:13 PMJun 27Dec 84:02 PMDec 84:02 PM7:01 AMJan 47:01 AMJan 4Mar 29DSTMar 29DSTDSTOct 25DSTOct 25daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2020. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The perceived humidity level at Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 1% of 1% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels at Skopje "Alexander the Great" AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Nov 180%Nov 180%Jul 273%Jul 273%NowNowcomfortablecomfortabledrydry
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed at Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from January 13 to April 26, with average wind speeds of more than 5.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 21, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.6 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 8.6 months, from April 26 to January 13. The calmest day of the year is August 19, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.1 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed at Skopje "Alexander the Great" AirportwindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph9 mph10 mph11 mphFeb 216.6 mphFeb 216.6 mphAug 195.1 mphAug 195.1 mphApr 265.9 mphApr 265.9 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction at Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 1.8 months, from October 14 to December 7, with a peak percentage of 44% on November 16. The wind is most often from the north for 10 months, from December 7 to October 14, with a peak percentage of 43% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction at Skopje "Alexander the Great" AirportNSNJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestsouthnortheast
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid May to late September, with a peak score in the first week of September.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score at Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airportbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468107.47.40.10.1NowNow precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport for hot-weather activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score at Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airportbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468107.97.90.00.0NowNow precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

The growing season at Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport typically lasts for 6.6 months (202 days), from around April 7 to around October 26, rarely starting before March 17 or after April 27, and rarely ending before October 7 or after November 13.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airportgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Apr 750%Apr 750%Oct 2650%Oct 2690%Apr 2790%Apr 2790%Oct 790%Oct 710%Mar 1710%Mar 1710%Nov 1310%Nov 130%Jan 300%Jan 30Jul 29100%Jul 29100%NowNowfreezingvery coldcoolcomfortablewarmhotcold
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms at Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport should appear around March 29, only rarely appearing before March 15 or after April 13.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days at Skopje "Alexander the Great" AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F500°F1,000°F1,500°F2,000°F2,500°F3,000°F3,500°FMar 2989°FMar 2989°FJun 11900°FJun 11900°FJul 221,800°FJul 221,800°FDec 313,510°FDec 313,510°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from May 17 to August 20, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 6, with an average of 7.7 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from October 29 to February 15, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 14, with an average of 1.7 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Skopje "Alexander the Great" AirportbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJul 67.7 kWhJul 67.7 kWhDec 141.7 kWhDec 141.7 kWhMay 176.5 kWhMay 176.5 kWhAug 206.5 kWhAug 206.5 kWhOct 292.9 kWhOct 292.9 kWhFeb 152.9 kWhFeb 152.9 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport are 41.962 deg latitude, 21.621 deg longitude, and 787 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 315 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 796 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (4,039 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,609 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport is covered by cropland (73%) and artificial surfaces (23%), within 10 miles by cropland (51%) and trees (33%), and within 50 miles by trees (51%) and cropland (30%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather at Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

Skopje "Alexander the Great" Airport has a weather station that reported reliably enough during the analysis period that we have included it in our network. When available, historical temperature and dew point measurements are taken directly from this weather station. These records are obtained from NOAA's Integrated Surface Hourly data set, falling back on ICAO METAR records as required.

In the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on records from nearby stations, adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal intra-station differences. For a given day of the year and hour of the day, the fallback station is selected to minimize the prediction error over the years for which there are measurements for both stations.

The stations on which we may fall back include but are not limited to Pristina, Pristina International Airport (PIA), Ohrid "St. Paul the Apostle" Airport, Ohrid-Aerodrome, Kastoria National Airport, Kozani National Airport "Filippos", Sofia Airport, and Thessaloniki Airport.

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.