Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Moldova Moldova
In Moldova, the summers are warm; the winters are freezing, snowy, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 24°F to 83°F and is rarely below 8°F or above 93°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Moldova for warm-weather activities is from late May to mid September.
Climate in Moldova
The warm season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 22 to September 11, with an average daily high temperature above 73°F. The hottest month of the year in Moldova is July, with an average high of 82°F and low of 61°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.6 months, from November 21 to March 8, with an average daily high temperature below 44°F. The coldest month of the year in Moldova is January, with an average low of 24°F and high of 34°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in Moldova
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 in Moldova
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In Moldova, 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 in Moldova begins around May 27 and lasts for 4.3 months, ending around October 6.
The clearest month of the year in Moldova is July, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 75% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 6 and lasts for 7.7 months, ending around May 27.
The cloudiest month of the year in Moldova is January, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 63% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Moldova
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Moldova varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 3.7 months, from April 6 to July 28, with a greater than 18% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in Moldova is June, with an average of 7.4 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
The drier season lasts 8.3 months, from July 28 to April 6. The month with the fewest wet days in Moldova is January, with an average of 3.5 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
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 in Moldova changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 11 months, from February 4 to December 28. The month with the most days of rain alone in Moldova is June, with an average of 7.4 days.
Snow alone is the most common for 1.2 months, from December 28 to February 4. The month with the most days of snow alone in Moldova is January, with an average of 1.6 days.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Moldova
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. Moldova experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.8 months, from March 1 to December 28, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The month with the most rain in Moldova is June, with an average rainfall of 1.9 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.2 months, from December 28 to March 1. The month with the least rain in Moldova is January, with an average rainfall of 0.4 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Moldova
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Moldova experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from November 3 to March 25, with a sliding 31-day snowfall of at least 1.0 inches. The month with the most snow in Moldova is January, with an average snowfall of 4.5 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from March 25 to November 3. The least snow falls around July 29, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Snowfall in Moldova
The length of the day in Moldova varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2023, the shortest day is December 22, with 8 hours, 28 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 56 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Moldova
The earliest sunrise is at 5:08 AM on June 16, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 44 minutes later at 7:52 AM on January 1. The earliest sunset is at 4:15 PM on December 11, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 51 minutes later at 9:06 PM on June 26.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Moldova during 2023, starting in the spring on March 26, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 29.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Moldova
The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.
Solar Elevation and Azimuth in Moldova
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2023. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases in Moldova
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 in Moldova, 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 4% of 4% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Moldova
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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 in Moldova experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.8 months, from October 30 to April 25, with average wind speeds of more than 9.1 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Moldova is March, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.2 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.2 months, from April 25 to October 30. The calmest month of the year in Moldova is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Moldova
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Moldova varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 1.2 months, from April 5 to May 11 and for 2.6 weeks, from November 5 to November 23, with a peak percentage of 33% on May 8. The wind is most often from the north for 5.8 months, from May 11 to November 5 and for 4.4 months, from November 23 to April 5, with a peak percentage of 47% on August 12.
Wind Direction in Moldova
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Moldova 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 Moldova for general outdoor tourist activities is from late May to mid September, with a peak score in the second week of August.
Tourism Score in Moldova
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 Moldova for hot-weather activities is from early July to mid August, with a peak score in the first week of August.
Beach/Pool Score in Moldova
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.
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 in Moldova typically lasts for 6.5 months (198 days), from around April 10 to around October 26, rarely starting before March 23 or after April 29, and rarely ending before October 9 or after November 13.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Moldova
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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 in Moldova should appear around April 14, only rarely appearing before April 2 or after April 29.
Growing Degree Days in Moldova
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 3.7 months, from May 1 to August 24, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.7 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Moldova is July, with an average of 6.8 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from October 31 to February 16, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.3 kWh. The darkest month of the year in Moldova is December, with an average of 1.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Moldova
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Moldova are 47.250 deg latitude, 28.583 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Moldova is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 0 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 0 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (0 feet). Within 50 miles is also essentially flat (0 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Moldova is covered by cropland (71%) and trees (14%), within 10 miles by cropland (55%) and trees (30%), and within 50 miles by cropland (64%) and trees (18%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Moldova, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
The details of the data sources used for this report can be found on the Chişinău International Airport page.
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