Geography, Weather, & Wildlife of Kosovo
Kosovo is a landlocked country in the southern part of the
Balkan Peninsula. Kosovo is bordered by Montenegro (west),
Albania (southwest), Macedonia
(south), and Serbia (east and north).
Geographically, Kosovo is very mountainous. There is little
geographic diversity as the entire country seems to be in the mountains, with only
a couple river valleys creating lower elevations. Fortunately, few of these mountains
are impassable, although they do create transportation delays.
Kosovo's weather is affected by the Mediterranean currents
from the south and the continental currents from the Balkan Peninsula's mountains.
These variations make the weather somewhat unpredictable, but the mountainous landscape
prevents most extremes.
Winters in Kosovo's capital of Pristina average right
around the freezing point, with daily highs of about 39˚ F (4˚ C) and lows of about
27˚ F (-3˚ C), although the mountains can be cooler and receive a significant amount
of snow. Summers can get much hotter and during this time Pristina reaches daily
highs of about 80˚ F (27˚ C). The country is small though so there are rarely significant
temperature extremes other than when one moves from a valley to a higher elevation
or vice versa.