Albania has a Mediterranean climate. Due to its mountainous rugged relief, the climate has a great variety throughout the entire country. Because of the breach of the relief, the country has numerous microclimates.
Albania is characterized by dry hot summers, generally with hot sunny days and cold smooth winters with numerous grounds.
Annual average temperature for the north and northeast area of the country reaches 7.5 degrees C, while the Albanian coast reaches values of 17, 5 degrees C. In the interior parts of the country, the average temperature in January varies from -3 to 2 degrees C, while at the coast it reaches 10 degrees C.
Albania is known for the numerous sunny days. Normally 80-90 percent of the days during the year are sunny. There is an average of 2200 sunny hours per year, which are mostly found in the area of Fier. As a result of this indicator, the touristic season lasts from 4 to 5 months a year.
Because of the considerable spread of mountains, Albania has areas that retain a layer of considerable snow, which lasts roughly 100 days a year. Only in the area of Vermosh, in the Albanian Alps, the thickness of the snow layer, 70 cm, stands from October to May. These indicators create very good opportunities for the development of white tourism and winter sports.