Sara and John say...
Like most eastern European countries, Moldova’s climate is characterised by cold winters and pleasantly warm summers.
During the coldest months from December to February, temperatures are below freezing for much of the time. However, this is the driest time of the year. And although there is often a blanket of snow on the ground, the heaviest snowfalls are confined to the hilliest areas. Overnight frosts can be severe though, especially when winds arrive from Siberia.
The thaw sets in sporadically through spring but, by late April, the last of the snows are melting and the countryside blossoms into life.
Summer can get very warm, reaching well over 30 Celsius at times from June to August. And increased humidity makes this the wettest time of year too. However, the downpours are often short and sharp, meaning that much of the time remains dry with long spells of sunshine. Occasional heatwaves can lift the temperature to 40 Celsius in the peak of the season but, by September, the air is cooling off.
Autumn can be a great time to visit as the warmth is mellower and more comfortable. But by November, temperatures are dropping dramatically, with the first snows of winter arriving well before the end of the year.
However, even in the depths of winter, the temperature can occasionally rise well above freezing, allowing a brief thaw.
So enjoy the scenic and cultural diversity of this fascinating country, but dress for variety in the weather too!