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The climate of Albania
To most people Albania is quite an unknown country in the Balkans. Popular countries such as Greece, Bulgaria and Croatia can count on much more tourism than Albania gets. However, this has nothing to do with Albanias climate. Albania has the same Mediterranean climate as the countries mentioned above; warm summers and especially along the coastline mild winters. In the interior winters can be much more severe, especially in the higher regions such as the Albanian Alps and in the northern part of the country. According to the Kppen-Geiger climate classification Albania has a warm Mediterranean climate, types Csa (along the coastline) and Csb (in the interior).

 

Climate information of places and areas in Albania
The climate information on this page is only brief. Specific information about weather and climate can be found on the climate pages per area or town. As for Albania the following climate information is available:

Durrs
Saranda
Shkodr
Tirana
Vlor
   

Warm summers
Summers in Albania are warm to hot. In July and August maximum temperatures are around 30 degrees Celsius on average. However, this is an average; peaks in temperature are not uncommon. If all the elements cooperate temperatures may rise as high as 40 degrees Celsius. As quick as a heat wave may occur, as suddenly the weather may change in Albania. Because of the structure of the land and its situation on the Adriatic Sea heat is often dispelled by heavy rain and thunder storms. Daytime temperatures may drop up to 10 degrees Celsius within 24 hours. In July and August this doesnt occur that often. However, at the end of the summer chances of heavy depressions increase rapidly. The best time to visit Albania is from June till August. Many hours of sunshine are guaranteed then and precipitation figures are low. From October autumn starts; the hours of sunshine per day decrease and the intensity of rainfall increases.

Mild winters
Albanian winters are mild, especially in the lower regions along the coastline. On average winters are not cold here. Daytime temperatures around or even above 10 degrees Celsius are not uncommon. During the night subzero temperatures are uncommon. However, even the coastal areas get some frosty days each year and sometimes even some snow. In the higher regions snow, ice and subzero temperatures are not uncommon during the winter which starts in the end of November and lasts till the beginning of March. On the windward side of the mountains large amounts of snow are not uncommon. Tirana also gets covered in snow from time to time. During the winter snow is not uncommon in the higher regions, especially at an altitude of 1000-1500 meters winter sports are possible. However, if you plan going on winter sports in Albania you will come to the conclusion that it is far less organized than in more popular winter sports countries. Ski resorts, ski lifts and aprs ski are hard to find here.

Precipitation figures
As a rule for Albania during the winter much more precipitation is recorded than during the much drier summers. Differences depend on the location you are in and also may differ per year. Because of the many mountains the weather is unstable. In one area it may rain for days while 10 kilometers away it may be very dry. As a rule the northern part of Albania and the mountains in the southwest record much more rain per year than the rest of the country. Per year between 700-1200 millimeters of rain falls on average. In some regions precipitation figures on a yearly basis may reach up to 1500 millimeters of rain. However, this is a local deviation. The next year it may be half that amount.

Sun
The hours of sunshine vary from 2000 per year in the most sober areas in the interior to almost 3000 hours of sunshine in Saranda which is located in the south western part on the coast of Albania at the same latitude as the Greek island of Corfu. The average amount of sunshine for Albania is 2400-2500 hours of sunshine per year. With more than 300 hours of sunshine per month July and August are the sunniest.

 

Climate figures
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records and are an average for Albania. Please, note that local deviations may occur, especially in the field of possible precipitation quantities. The northern part of the country gets more rain. The windward side of the mountains gets more rain and the temperatures are lower in the interior during the winter.

average
 maximum
temperature (C)

average
minimum

temperature (C)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (C)
January 10 2 4 14 15
February 12 2 4 12 14
March 14 3 5 14 14
April 18 7 6 13 15
May 23 12 8 10 18
June 27 12 10 8 22
July 30 17 11 5 24
August 30 17 10 6 25
September 27 14 9 8 24
October 21 9 6 9 22
November 15 5 4 13 19
December 11 3 4 14 16
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but dont present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures dont always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we monthly offer useful extra climate information.  The information below is an average for Albania. Please visit the pages on individual climate information for other places in Albania.
 

chance of
(very) hot

weather

chance of
(very) cool
weather
chance of
long-term

precipitation
chance of
hurricanes
(cyclones)
chance of
sunny days

UV-index

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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Disclaimer
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