Bulgaria weather in January

Many people wonder what kind of weather they can expect in January in Bulgaria. Is this month a good time to go to Bulgaria? To answer that question we created this page with all the information you need.

What is the weather like in Bulgaria in January?

The weather conditions in Bulgaria in January vary from poor to unpleasant depending on the destination. It is a winter month.

During January in Bulgaria, the average maximum temperature varies from very low in Pleven with 1°C (34°F) to low in Sandanski with 9°C (48°F). Minimum nighttime temperatures generally drop to 2°C (36°F) in Sandanski and -5°C (23°F) in Pleven. On average, it is the month with the lowest temperatures of the year in Bulgaria.

Precipitation in January varies from low in Plovdiv with an average of 26mm (1inch) of snow/rainfall to moderate in Burgas with 73mm (2.9inch). It is also generally a dark time of year with an average of 93 hours of sunshine in Sunny Beach during the entire month.

We invite you to have a look at the map below to discover more about the various weather conditions around Bulgaria.

Where to go in Bulgaria in January

Find the average weather conditions in January for the most popular destinations in Bulgaria on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailed information.

Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20-29ºC / 68-84ºF and not too much precipitation (less than 90mm / 3.5inch a month).

Popular destinations in Bulgaria

What is the weather like in January for the 5 most popular destinations in Bulgaria?

Average weather in Sunny Beach

In January Sunny Beach generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 7°C (45°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 1°C (34°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Sunny Beach
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Weather conditions Weather
9°C / 48°F 
2°C / 36°F 
103 hours 
56mm / 2.2inch 
poor 
7°C / 45°F 
1°C / 34°F 
93 hours 
47mm / 1.9inch 
poor 
8°C / 46°F 
2°C / 36°F 
110 hours 
48mm / 1.9inch 
poor 
Climate in Sunny Beach

Average weather in Sofia

In January Sofia generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 4°C (38°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around -4°C (25°F) and moderate monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Sofia
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly snow/rainfall Snow/rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
5°C / 40°F 
-2°C / 28°F 
68 hours 
40mm / 1.6inch 
10 days 
poor 
4°C / 38°F 
-4°C / 25°F 
86 hours 
31mm / 1.2inch 
11 days 
poor 
7°C / 44°F 
-2°C / 28°F 
116 hours 
34mm / 1.3inch 
10 days 
poor 
Climate in Sofia

Average weather in Sozopol

In January Sozopol generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 7°C (45°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 1°C (33°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Sozopol
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
9°C / 48°F 
3°C / 37°F 
65 hours 
42mm / 1.7inch 
9 days 
poor 
7°C / 45°F 
1°C / 33°F 
78 hours 
73mm / 2.9inch 
8 days 
poor 
9°C / 47°F 
2°C / 35°F 
91 hours 
60mm / 2.4inch 
8 days 
poor 
Climate in Sozopol

Average weather in Bansko

In January Bansko generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 9°C (48°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 2°C (36°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Bansko
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
12°C / 53°F 
4°C / 39°F 
103 hours 
52mm / 2inch 
8 days 
9°C / 48°F 
2°C / 36°F 
125 hours 
45mm / 1.8inch 
6 days 
poor 
10°C / 51°F 
3°C / 38°F 
148 hours 
37mm / 1.5inch 
5 days 
poor 
Climate in Bansko

Average weather in Sveti Vlas

In January Sveti Vlas generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 7°C (45°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 1°C (34°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Sveti Vlas
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Weather conditions Weather
9°C / 48°F 
2°C / 36°F 
103 hours 
56mm / 2.2inch 
poor 
7°C / 45°F 
1°C / 34°F 
93 hours 
47mm / 1.9inch 
poor 
8°C / 46°F 
2°C / 36°F 
110 hours 
48mm / 1.9inch 
poor 
Climate in Sveti Vlas

Is your destination not in the list? Have a look at other destinations in Bulgaria.

Is January the best time to go to Bulgaria?

In our opinion January is not the best time to visit Bulgaria with commonly poor weather in Sunny Beach.

On average the best time to visit Bulgaria is in May, June, July, August, September and October with generally perfect weather in Sunny Beach. The worst months are January, February and December that can have poor weather conditions.

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