Weather in Tbilsi
Although weather and climate can be described objectively, the actual experience of the weather and climate is
affected by a cities infrastructure, what people wear, and the layout of the city. For example, Dubai is a
hot, humid coastal city, and most people dress very conservatively, so people can't wear short and a t-shirt
to help cope with the weather. However, the high quality infrastructure and ubiquitous air conditioning make
it seem much more pleasant than the actual temperatures would suggest.
The most accurate English language weather forecasts that I've found for Tbilisi are from Accuweather. For a subjective
account, read on...
If unremitting gray, cold, grim weather is your preference, you'll enjoy Tbilisi's winter. Although the weather is
objectively mild, rarely going below freezing or snowing, the high humidity, rareness of sunny days, and typical draftiness
of older construction makes the winter in Tbilisi generally the least pleasant season. Most of the older construction
uses single pane windows in wooden frames which have warped over the years, leading to draftiness. Combined with mostly wall mounted heating
units this makes most homes and offices uncomfortably cold. When visiting an office in the winter, its quite common for most of
the people in the office to be wearing their coats at their desks. Newer construction, particularly in higher end homes
and office which have been built or upgraded to Western European standards avoid this, but the grayness is unavoidable.
The following image is from a snow storm, of which there are typically only a few per winter in Tbilisi.
When spring finally happens, it is a huge relief. The improvement in mood and the increase in activity is
very noticeable, and the sun starts to make frequent appearances. The weather tends to be somewhat unstable,
alternating between warmer and colder spells, but generally the spring is wet and mild.
The following photo was taken near Mtasminda park in the hills to the west of the city. There are a lot
of flowering trees in this area in the spring.
Summer has the most abundant and cheapest fruits and vegetables, as well as hot and humid weather. It seems
to be the most energetic season in Tbilisi until August, when some people take vacations to get out of the
city when it is the hottest. The
weather seldom gets very hot (35C or 95F would be exceptionally hot in Tbilisi), but the subways and
marshrutkas, which can be very crowded, get pretty hot and often a bit smelly.
The following image is from the main bazaar in Tbilisi.
The fall has some of the best and most stable weather that Tbilisi has to offer. The temperature starts
to drop in late August and the leaves start to change in October or thereabouts. The foliage display is
not as spectacular as some parts of the US (like Colorado, where the news websites have peak foliage viewing
maps and calendars) since the leaves mostly slowly turn brown and then drop off over the course of the
winter. Fall is probably the best time to visit Tbilisi.
The following photo was taken from around the middle of the span of the Peace Bridge.