Geography, Weather, & Wildlife of Albania
Albania is situated along the southern part of the Balkan
Peninsula along the coast that touches both the Adriatic Sea and Ionian Sea. Albania
borders Greece (southeast), Macedonia
(east), Kosovo (northeast), and Montenegro
Geographically, from east to west, Albania moves from mountains
to river valleys, and finally coastline. Along much of Albania's eastern border
the mountains peak, creating a natural barrier. From here there are a number of
rivers that flow west into the Adriatic Sea or Ionian Sea. These valleys along with
the fairly level coasts are very livable and fertile.
Albania's weather is similar to neighboring
Greece and other Mediterranean countries. The winters are cool and wet,
while summers are hot and dry. However, Albania is quite mountainous in the east
and these mountains tend to be cooler during all seasons.
Winters along the coast rarely get below 40° F (4° C), although the breezes off
of the water can make it feel much cooler. The mountains during this time regularly
receive snow, but what is more pronounced are the low temperatures. The capital
city of Tirana has daily highs of about 54° F (12° C) in winter, with daily lows
rarely reaching the freezing point (32° F (0° C)).