The best time to visit Georgia is from May to June or September to October as these months will have mild weather and fewer crowds. If you’re looking to catch some warm summer weather, the best months for enjoying the Black Sea beaches and hiking in the snow-free mountains are in July and August.
What’s the weather like in Georgia?
Georgia has several different climate areas: a coastal and western plain climate close to the Black Sea, a slightly more continental climate in the central and eastern regions and alpine weather in the Caucasus Mountains.
The alpine region will get heavy snowfall in winter and minimum temperatures generally sit below 0ºC from the months of November to April. This makes it great for skiers and winter sports enthusiasts.
Best for: Christmas and New Year celebrations
The first month of the year is also the coldest month of the year but it’s also a time for several celebrations across the country. With two public holidays to bring in the start of the new year and two Orthodox Christian events later in the month, January is certainly a festive time.
Snowfall will increase this month along with the cold temperatures, although generally, in areas like Tbilisi, the most snow will fall in February.
Best for: skiing and snowboarding
Winter temperatures in the mountain regions can drop as low as -17ºC and generally won’t get warm again until May/June. Even coastal areas like Batumi on the Black Sea coast don’t see temperatures above 10ºC during February, so the best reason to visit Georgia this month is for the snow.
Georgia can get frequent power outages, meaning heating may not always be available.
Best for: low crowds and off-season prices
Although it may technically be the first month of spring, Georgia is still under the influence of winter in March. Snow will start to ease off as the summer season gets closer; however, it can be windy, especially in Tbilisi.
Best for: mild weather and small crowds
April is a transition month, with rain replacing snow and cool to comfortable temperatures found in the major travel areas. For those wanting to enjoy the sites without crowds, April is a great time to visit Georgia.
Best for: hiking and Georgian Independence Day
May is one of the best months to visit Georgia as wildflowers are blooming, hiking trails are opening, and long, sunny days are aplenty. By now, you’ll have great weather for all kinds of exploration both here in Georgia as well as in other countries in the Caucasus area.
This month also hosts Georgia’s Independence Day celebrations with parades, performances, and country pride found throughout the nation.
Best for: good weather and exploring
Temperatures around Georgia are largely comfortable in June, sitting between 16ºC minimum and 27ºC maximum temperatures in areas like Kutaisi and Batumi. Water temperatures on the Black Sea won’t quite be as warm as later in summer but June also means fewer mid-year visitors.
Best for: swimming at the beach or hiking
July is firmly a summer month for Georgia, with its capital city having an average maximum temperature of 30ºC. For those looking to sit back and relax, now’s the perfect time to soak up the sun by the pool or beach. There can be summer rain and thunderstorms in the west and central areas, so don’t be surprised if you get a bit of an afternoon shower.
Best for: sitting by the pool and adventure in the mountains
Similar to July, temperatures in August can be hot and muggy, but with the water sitting around 26ºC, a refreshing splash can easily cool you off. Lower mountain areas should be free of snow, meaning days can be spent caving, cycling, camping, horse riding, fishing and more out in Georgia’s beautiful natural landscape.
Best for: travelling in the Central or Eastern regions of Georgia
September and October are great months for those who prefer to travel outside the hottest time of the year. The weather is typically pleasant, with temperatures neither too hot nor cold in most popular locales. Some autumnal rain will likely be falling across the country, especially by the Black Sea coast where September and October are the heaviest rainfall months.
Best for: Wine and Cheese Festival and the Tbilisoba festival
October is generally the last month for great travel in Georgia, as both snowfall and lower temperatures can roll in by November.
You might get a chance to celebrate Tbilisoba if you are in Georgia this month. Tbilisoba is a public holiday where everyone enjoys an array of fun sports, cultural performances, local food and produce and ceremonies.
Best for: low crowds and cool weather
The second last month of the year has cool to cold temperatures in popular areas like Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Batumi. With winter fast approaching, there’ll be heavy rainfall and less chance of clear skies throughout the country. November is typically the start of the long winter period, especially in the highland region, so expect snowy conditions in the mountains from now until March/April.
Best for: Christmas markets and winter fun
Winter is now well underway. December is a festive time in Georgia with Christmas markets and festive cheer beginning later in the month for the Orthodox Christmas events held in January.
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