Weather in Bulgaria: Heading for Spring at Full Throttle

Written by on February 27, 2017 in Bulgaria, Latest - No comments

Spring was in the air in Bulgaria, two days before the nation celebrates “Baba Marta”, and 23 days before the official start of the season.

The entire country was supposed to be partly cloudy and mostly sunny, at daytime temperatures between 12 and 18 degrees Centigrade. At the Black Sea coast, 13 to 14 degrees were forecast, while central Bulgaria was supposed to be the warmest area today.

All over Bulgaria, people were purchasing little “Baba Marta” bracelets, made out of white and red cotton yarn. On March 1st, those would be given to family members and colleagues. So, typically, anyone working in an office would have about 20 of those bracelets, once the day is over. “Baba Marta” is a mythical figure who brings along the end of the cold.

This year, the end of the cold is even more important for anyone living in Bulgaria than in the years and decades before, after a very tough winter, in which trucks got stuck in blizzards on motorways, hundreds of villages were cut off from the rest of the world, and in which temperatures of brutal -25 degrees Centigrade were frequent. The only group of people who probably liked this winter were owners of car battery factories.

Many expats and Bulgarians living in Sofia accurately say spring was the nicest season. That may be because it usually hits the capital quickly, it improves the air quality to a certain extent, and it makes people come together again, at the City Garden behind the Ivan Vazov Theater, or in outdoor cafés on Boulevard Vitosha. Summer, on the other hand, is unbearable in Sofia.

It might be time to close this grandiose article with a quote by Margaret Atwood:

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

Well, we will anyway, as long as we live in Sofia.

By Imanuel Marcus

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