Montenegro weather in January
January is the coldest month of the year in Central Montenegro, and the average temperature is just a few degrees above zero in Celsius or in the mid-30s in Fahrenheit. The sunshine lasts about 4 hours per day. It’s rather dark and cold, and strong cold winds blow over the inland part of the country adding chilliness.
The mountainous region enjoys some snowfall in January. Kolašin and Žabljak offer skiing and snowboarding at that time. It rains or snows for about 7-10 days times in the mountains. However, road closures due to snow and ice are possible. Meanwhile, the coast and the lowlands don’t see much snow.
The coastal region is still rather gloomy in January with short wet and cloudy days. The shortest days usually fall on early January. It rains a bit less than in December though, and the temperature doesn’t drop below freezing.
Montenegro weather in February
February is still a freezing and damp month in Central Montenegro. The average temperature is above freezing, and rain is more typical than snow. The rainfall is both heavy and regular. There is slightly more sunshine than in January: about four and a half hours per day. Towards the end of the month, it is more common to see the sun is in the sky.
Montenegro mountains boast good skiing conditions in February. As most snowfall usually occurs in late January, slopes have decent snow cover by February. Also, there is more sunshine and clear skies. February is also the windiest month in Kolašin, Žabljak, and other ski resorts. The temperature is often below freezing during the night.
On the coast, February is still a gloomy off-season month with too much rain to do anything outside. The sky is often covered with grey clouds, days get a bit longer, but sunshine is still a rare gift. The temperature gets slightly warmer but still rather winterish below. You will still need a water-resistant coat, gloves and a hat to feel comfortable outside for a long time on most days. And of course, make sure you pack an umbrella.
Montenegro weather in March
The beginning of March still feels like winter in inland Montenegro. Even though day temperature can raise to 15°C (59°F), it is falling back to just above freezing at night. Sunny days become more common with about 5 hours of sunshine each day. But there are still 10-13 rainy days during this month. Wildflowers start to bloom, and it’s possible to plan hiking trips in the Podgorica area.
However, the mountains are still covered with snow in March. As the temperature gets warmer and sunny days are more frequent, it is still a pretty good time to hit the slopes in Kolašin, Žabljak, and other ski resorts.
With more hours of sunshine in March, coastal Montenegro is shaking off its winter gloom. March is less wet comparing to February, but it still rains rather often. March is one of the rainiest months on the coast. The temperature is a few degrees warmer so, overall, it gets more comfortable to be outside.
Montenegro weather in April
April weather is quite capricious and unpredictable in Montenegro. Even though it’s time when you can enjoy a coffee in an outdoor cafe enjoying the sun again, sudden cold waves and rainy days are also possible. The average temperature in Podgorica gets quite comfortable, and you could typically see about 8 rainy days per month.
In the mountains, April is a beautiful time! By the end of the month, the snow will be gone pretty much everywhere. Wildflowers are blooming, and mountain rivers get the most volume from melting snows. It’s time to see the waterfalls and plan some hiking. But mind that the nights can still get rather cold.
In the coastal area, the temperature is a few degrees higher than in March, and hotels and businesses prepare for the new tourist season in full swing. It’s a nice time to go for a hike and enjoy the views of blooming flowers and fruit trees. However, don’t forget to take an umbrella and a light jacket because the April weather is full of surprises. The chances of rainfall are roughly 50/50.
Montenegro weather in May
May marks the beginning of the tourist season in Montenegro. The average temperatures rise to comfortable 14-26°C (56°-78°F). It’s a very pleasant time to be outside hiking or just enjoying the warmth, as soon it will be rather hot to stay outside during midday. 15-hour day promise a lot of fun activities. It also rains significantly less than in the previous months. Weather conditions are very pleasant for those who like outdoors sports and nature. The rivers are full of rushing water promising thrilling rafting activities.
In the mountains, May is a great time for hiking and camping. However, you must watch out for frequent afternoon thunderstorms with lightning. They become regular in May and June.
On the coast, May starts to feel a lot like summer. First beachgoers rush to open the season enjoying about 8 hours of sunshine. But the see is still too cool to swim comfortably. Chances of rain are rather low at this time, although May has about 9 rainy days on the average. Warm winds from the Adriatic Sea, bring southern currents. Pleasant breeze from the south or south-western dominates the weather ensuring warm and sunny days that are slowly getting hotter.
Montenegro weather in June
June is a good month to visit Montenegro. Weather conditions with comfortable average temperatures in the 20°C or the70°F. There are about 6 rainy days on the average during this month. Inland areas and regions close to the border with Serbia get rather hot and dry towards the end of the month. The weather in the mountains is slightly cooler, especially at night. It is a good time for hiking and camping. The resorts of Zabljak or Kolasin have no crowds and await for summer hikers.
June is a great month to get a bargain deal for a vacation on Montenegro’s Adriatic Coast. The vast sandy beaches from Herceg Novi to Ulcinj are warm and full of sun, but still [pleasantly uncrowded. As days are not too hot, it’s also a great time to explore the coastal region and take a hike at Tara Canyon or other areas. The sun is pretty much guaranteed all month long, and the warmest spot on the coast is usually Kotor.
Montenegro weather in July
July is usually the hottest, sunniest and the driest month in Central Montenegro. The heat can be rather unbearable during midday. There is also low humidity and almost no precipitation. Usually, there are 5 rainy days in July, the smallest number for the whole year.
The inland mountains can be a good place to escape July heat. Hiking and camping here are quite pleasant at this time. Meanwhile, coastal ranges are usually too hot for hiking or climbing in mid-summer.
Resort towns like Kotor, Budva or Tivat enjoy the perfect weather for beach vacations in July. The Adriatic sea is warm enough for swimming and snorkeling, while the days are perfectly sunny, hot and cloudless. They are 10 hours of sunshine on average. Heat can easily reach 30°C (87°F), but it’s not as unbearable as inland due to constant fresh sea breeze. The nights are also quite refreshing after the day heat. They suit perfectly for beach parties or long walks. There are just five rainy days during this month.
Montenegro weather in August
The last summer month is as hot as July in Montenegro. The heat is especially intense in Podgorica and the central part of the country. With about 32°C (90°F) at noon and no clouds in the sky, it can be rather uncomfortable for people who are sensitive to heat. Nights bring cooler temperatures. The humidity stays low, and there are 6 rainy days this month, a bit more than in July. In the mountains, the weather is slightly cooler than in the plains. It’s a perfect time for hiking through Lush forests and enjoying stunning panoramic views in the mountainous region. The afternoons get a bit cooler with a light breeze towards the end of the month indicating the end of the summer season.
On the coast, August offers perfect beach weather. Clear blue skies, warm water and the perfect level of heat fill coastal Montenegro beaches to its full capacity. The sea is the warmest at this time so don’t hesitate to dive in. The air temperature can be around 31°C (88°F) during the day, but it doesn’t feel that much due to the sea breeze. The nights are cooler due to nocturnal breezes from the Adriatic. August has the lowest humidity levels and clear skies. But days start to get shorter.
Montenegro weather in September
Early fall is a charming time in all of Montenegro. September is wonderful in Podgorica as the heat backs off and the autumn season arrives. The humidity raises due to increased rainfall. There are seven rainy days this month. The days are still predominantly clear with over 8 hours of sunshine. Temperatures are mellowly staying in the comfortable range below 30°C (89°F). 12-hour days are great for outdoor activities and fall foliage watching, as autumn colors the mountains and valleys in golden shades. This is the last month of the dry season when hiking and walking are the best.
On the coast, September still feels like summer. Sea bays are still warm for swimming and the days are sunny and wonderful. The nights get a bit cooler with temperatures dropping to 14°C (59 F), so make sure to take a sweater or a light jacket with you. Humidity goes up and rainy days are more frequent towards the end of the month. Altogether, there are 9 rainy days on the coast in September. But there are still up to 8 hours of sunshine per day, so it’s not too bad. The sea temperature is almost as warm as the air, and it takes longer to cool down due to sub-tropical currents.
Montenegro weather in October
The second month of autumn is still warm in Montenegro with mild and comfortable temperatures that are ideal for people who don’t tolerate heat. However, the rainy season starts to pick up, so October seas 10 rainy days. The mid-autumn also means that days get shorter and the skies become cloudy.
By the end of the month, most of the tourists leave Montenegro as temperatures decrease. If you are lucky you can still enjoy a few dry days in the mountains enjoying stunning autumn views.
Some days in early October still seem like summer with clear and sunny skies. However, the rainfall becomes more frequent towards the end of the month. Temperature drops to 16°C (59 °F), and nights get colder so don’t forget to pack a jacket. Umbrella is also a must. October offers an average of 6 hours of sunshine and over 11 days of rain. Wind speed is slightly lower than in September. The sea temperature can be higher than the air temperature at this time.
Montenegro weather in November
November is the rainiest month of the year in Montenegro. Torrential rains and the showers last for several days that might cause flooding in the Podgorica area and Central Montenegro. The hiking season in the mountains is also over by November due to rains. The average temperatures fall sharply, freezing is possible at night, and the humidity reaches its highest levels. The skies are rather dark and grey with just under 4 hours of sunshine on average.
On the coast, the situation is not any better. The temperature drops considerably compared to October. Nice sunny days of mellow Montenegrin autumn are not that often Chances of rainy days exceed 60%. Some locals consider November the worst time of the year due to increased humidity and constant rain. Northern and north-eastern winds blow from the continent these days bringing cold temperatures. But on some days mild breeze from the western Adriatic brings warmth. The swimming season is usually over by November.
Montenegro weather in December
December feels like a real winter month in Podgorica and Central Montenegro with temperatures just above zero in Celsius or in the 30s by Fahrenheit. In the nights, the air temperature falls below freezing. Skies are cloudy, and precipitation usually takes the form of rain. Just 3.6 hours of sunshine per day leave little room for outdoor activities. You will need a warm jacket, and umbrella and waterproof boots to travel to Montenegro at this time. On the coast, there is not much to do during December except waiting when it stops raining to enjoy a few hours of sun and warmth. You can take a break from the dull rainy weather in the mountains enjoying winter fun activities like sledding, skiing, and snowboarding. Visit Durmitor National Park or several Montenegro’s winter resorts.