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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

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Moldova weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

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

Average High and Low Temperature in MoldovawarmcoldcoldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJan 2134°FJan 2134°FJul 3083°FJul 3083°F24°F24°F61°F61°FMay 2273°FMay 2273°FSep 1173°FSep 1173°FNov 2144°FNov 2144°FMar 844°FMar 844°F52°F52°F52°F52°F33°F33°F29°F29°FNowNow
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.
AverageJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High34°F37°F48°F61°F72°F78°F82°F81°F72°F59°F46°F37°F
Temp.29°F31°F40°F51°F62°F69°F72°F71°F62°F51°F40°F32°F
Low24°F25°F32°F41°F51°F58°F61°F59°F51°F42°F34°F27°F

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

Average Hourly Temperature in MoldovaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfreezingfreezingvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcomfortablecomfortablewarmfreezingfreezing
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.
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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

Cloud Cover Categories in MoldovaclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Aug 380%Aug 380%Jan 1636%Jan 1636%May 2758%May 2758%Oct 658%Oct 658%NowNowclearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercastmostly clear
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.
FractionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Cloudier63%62%57%52%43%37%25%25%37%46%59%62%
Clearer37%38%43%48%57%63%75%75%63%54%41%38%

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

Daily Chance of Precipitation in MoldovasnowrainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jun 226%Jun 226%Jan 2310%Jan 2310%Dec 2813%Dec 2813%Apr 618%Apr 618%Jul 2818%Jul 2818%NowNowrainsnowmixed
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).
Days ofJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Rain1.3d1.7d3.3d5.2d6.4d7.4d6.3d5.3d4.4d4.1d3.2d2.4d
Mixed1.6d1.3d0.7d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.4d1.2d
Snow0.7d0.4d0.3d0.2d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.1d0.7d0.8d
Any3.5d3.4d4.3d5.5d6.4d7.4d6.3d5.3d4.4d4.2d4.2d4.4d

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

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 snowfall.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Rainfall0.4″0.4″0.6″1.1″1.3″1.9″1.6″1.3″1.5″1.3″1.0″0.7″

Snowfall

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

Average Monthly Snowfall in MoldovasnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 in12 in12 in14 in14 inJan 54.9 inJan 54.9 inJul 290.0 inJul 290.0 inNov 31.0 inNov 31.0 inMar 251.0 inMar 251.0 in
The average 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.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Snowfall4.5″4.0″1.7″0.2″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.2″1.6″3.9″

The length of the day in Moldova varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, 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

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in MoldovaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 6 minMar 2012 hr, 6 minMar 2015 hr, 56 minJun 2115 hr, 56 minJun 2112 hr, 11 minSep 2212 hr, 11 minSep 228 hr, 28 minDec 218 hr, 28 minDec 21nightnightdayNowNow
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.
Hours ofJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Daylight9.0h10.3h12.0h13.7h15.1h15.9h15.4h14.1h12.5h10.8h9.3h8.5h

The earliest sunrise is at 5:08 AM on June 15, 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 9:05 PM on June 25.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Moldova during 2021, starting in the spring on March 28, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 31.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Moldova

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in MoldovaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 155:08 AMJun 155:08 AM9:05 PMJun 259:05 PMJun 25Dec 114:15 PMDec 114:15 PM7:52 AMJan 17:52 AMJan 1Mar 28DSTMar 28DSTDSTOct 31DSTOct 31daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2021. 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.

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. 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

The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

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

Humidity Comfort Levels in MoldovaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Mar 50%Mar 50%Jul 238%Jul 238%NowNowcomfortablecomfortabledrydryhumidhumidmuggymuggy
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.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Muggy days0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.1d0.9d2.2d1.1d0.1d0.0d0.0d0.0d

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

Average Wind Speed in MoldovawindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mphMar 910.4 mphMar 910.4 mphAug 37.8 mphAug 37.8 mphOct 309.1 mphOct 309.1 mphApr 259.1 mphApr 259.1 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Wind Speed (mph)9.610.210.29.48.48.58.38.18.89.09.49.3

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

Wind Direction in MoldovaNSNSNJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowsouthnorthwesteast
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).

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

Tourism Score in Moldovabest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810107.57.50.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature tourism 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 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

Beach/Pool Score in MoldovaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810107.17.10.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature beach/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.

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

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Moldovagrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Apr 1050%Apr 1050%Oct 2650%Oct 2690%Apr 2990%Apr 2990%Oct 990%Oct 910%Mar 2310%Mar 2310%Nov 1310%Nov 130%Feb 30%Feb 3Jul 22100%Jul 22100%freezingvery coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhot
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 in Moldova should appear around April 14, only rarely appearing before April 2 or after April 29.

Growing Degree Days in Moldova

Growing Degree Days in MoldovaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F500°F500°F1,000°F1,000°F1,500°F1,500°F2,000°F2,000°F2,500°F2,500°F3,000°F3,000°FApr 1490°FApr 1490°FJun 19900°FJun 19900°FJul 311,800°FJul 311,800°FDec 312,986°FDec 312,986°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

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

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in MoldovabrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhJul 86.8 kWhJul 86.8 kWhDec 231.2 kWhDec 231.2 kWhMay 15.7 kWhMay 15.7 kWhAug 245.7 kWhAug 245.7 kWhOct 312.3 kWhOct 312.3 kWhFeb 162.3 kWhFeb 162.3 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.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Solar Energy (kWh)1.42.33.54.96.26.76.86.04.52.91.61.2

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.

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.

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