Albania is an Eastern European country located in the western part of the Balkan Peninsula. Its territories cover 27,398 km2 of land and 1,350 km2 of water, making it the 146th largest country in the world with a total area of 28,748 km2. Albania has land borders with 4 countries: Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia. About 70% of the entire territory of the country is covered with mountains and hills, and the rest is an alluvial plain.
Along the border with Montenegro are the North Albanian Alps (Prokletie), on the border with Macedonia – the Korabi mountain range (the country’s highest point is 2764 m), and in the central part there are the Tomori, Kruja and other ridges. The Albanian coast, more than 400 km long, is washed by 2 Seas: Adriatic and Ionian. The country’s beaches are called “Albanian Riviera” for their white sand and crystal clear sapphire-colored sea.
The climate of Albania is Mediterranean throughout the coastal zone, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The mountainous regions are dominated by a continental climate.
The best time to visit Albania is May, June and September. The most suitable resort for families with children is Durres, where there is a gentle entrance to the sea and fine clean sand on the beach. The Adriatic Sea warms up by the sun faster than the Ionian, due to its shallow water. To learn more about the climatic conditions in Albanian resorts, the monthly weather calendar will help.
The weather in January for Albania is extremely cold and rainy. The air temperature in mountainous areas can drop to -8°C. Up to 130 mm of precipitation is expected during the month. It becomes damp and cool on the flat part of the country and near the coast, the average air temperature reaches +9°C, and it will be rainy for 7-10 days. The water temperature near the coast reaches +14°С.
Throughout the country, daytime temperatures fluctuate between +9°С…+12°С. In February, Albania receives an average of 115 mm of precipitation. By the end of the month the weather becomes warmer and rainier. Forecasters record 13 rainy days every year this month in Albania. The water temperature on the Albanian coast is +14°C, which makes us abandon the idea of swimming in the sea.
In March, weather forecasters predict approximately the same air temperature throughout Albania, which reaches + 16 ° C during the day and + 4 ° C at night. Only in mountainous areas the temperature at night can drop to 0 ° C, or even lower. About 110 mm of precipitation is expected throughout the month. The sea has time to warm up to + 15 ° C during the day.
The maximum daily temperature in Albania in April is +19°C (in Berat), and at night +8°C. Up to 95 mm of precipitation can fall in a month. Along the Albanian coast, the water warms up to +16°C during the day. If the purpose of your tour to Albania is not a beach holiday, then April is the best time for recovery. Sea air helps to strengthen the body thanks to useful minerals.
The weather in Albania becomes more comfortable in May, characterized by pleasant warm evenings. The average daytime temperature throughout the country in May is +23°C, and at night it drops to a minimum of +12°C. May is the best time to visit Tirana, Berat and Durres. The water temperature near the coast reaches +19°C, and some vacationers not only sunbathe on the beach, but also swim in the sea.
June is one of the best months for a beach holiday. The weather in Albania is quite warm and perfect for traveling and outdoor activities. The thermometer readings reach +15°С at night and +27°С during the day. The water temperature on the Albanian coast reaches +22°C. The chance of rain is the lowest throughout the country.
The weather throughout Albania at this time of the year is already characterized by hot days. The air temperature in the daytime reaches +31°C, and at night it drops to +15°C. Daylight hours in July are the longest – 15 hours. The waters of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas off the Albanian coast warm up to +24°C…+25°C. In July there can be a maximum of 2-3 rainy days.
The end of summer for Albania is a hot and dry period. Daytime temperature in all resort towns of the country reaches +32°C, dropping to +16°C at night. In Tirana, the air temperature can rise to a maximum mark for the year of +40°C. On the coast, the air temperature varies between +27°C…+30°C. The sea warms up to +25°C.
This month, the coming light coolness and windy weather remind us that autumn has replaced summer. The air temperature during the day in September will be + 28 ° C degrees, and at night the thermometers will show + 17 ° C. The chance of rain is minimal but not out of the question. The “velvet season” comes to the Albanian coast of the Adriatic and Ionian seas, the water temperature of which is still high +24°C…+25°C.
During the day, the air temperature will warm up to +22°C and above, and at night it can drop to +10°C. Rainy weather does not last long – about five days for the whole month. During this time, about 110 mm of precipitation manages to fall. In October, the sea is still warm and comfortable for swimming off the coast of Saranda and Vlora (+22°C).
The beach season is closed, and it is replaced by coolness, which is especially felt at night (up to +7°C). The average daily air temperature in Albania fluctuates around +16°C…+19°C. The water temperature near the coast warms up to +19°C… +20°C. At the end of November, the rainy season comes to Albania. For the whole month there will be about 13 rainy days and up to 160 mm of precipitation.
Warm sunny days in December alternate with rainy ones, so when you are going on vacation to Albania, take an umbrella and waterproof shoes with you. The average daytime temperature will be +12°C, and the night temperature will be around +3°C. Although the water is still warm (+17°C), there are few people who want to swim in the sea. The level of precipitation this month reaches 150 mm, and the degree of humidity – up to 75%.