Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Kosovo Kosovo
In Kosovo, the summers are warm and mostly clear and the winters are very cold, snowy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 24°F to 84°F and is rarely below 12°F or above 93°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Kosovo for warm-weather activities is from early June to mid September.
Climate in Kosovo
The warm season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 1 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 75°F. The hottest month of the year in Kosovo is August, with an average high of 83°F and low of 57°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from November 25 to March 2, with an average daily high temperature below 48°F. The coldest month of the year in Kosovo is January, with an average low of 24°F and high of 39°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in Kosovo
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature in Kosovo
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In Kosovo, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Kosovo begins around June 7 and lasts for 3.4 months, ending around September 19.
The clearest month of the year in Kosovo is July, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 86% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around September 19 and lasts for 8.6 months, ending around June 7.
The cloudiest month of the year in Kosovo is December, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 53% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Kosovo
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Kosovo varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 9.3 months, from September 11 to June 22, with a greater than 25% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in Kosovo is April, with an average of 8.6 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
The drier season lasts 2.7 months, from June 22 to September 11. The month with the fewest wet days in Kosovo is August, with an average of 6.4 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. The month with the most days of rain alone in Kosovo is April, with an average of 8.3 days. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 30% on June 6.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Kosovo
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Kosovo experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Kosovo. The month with the most rain in Kosovo is November, with an average rainfall of 2.3 inches.
The month with the least rain in Kosovo is January, with an average rainfall of 1.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Kosovo
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Kosovo experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.5 months, from November 5 to March 23, with a sliding 31-day snowfall of at least 1.0 inches. The month with the most snow in Kosovo is January, with an average snowfall of 4.5 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.4 months, from March 23 to November 5. The least snow falls around July 22, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Snowfall in Kosovo
The length of the day in Kosovo varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 3 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 19 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Kosovo
The earliest sunrise is at 4:58 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 10 minutes later at 7:07 AM on October 30. The earliest sunset is at 4:02 PM on December 8, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 15 minutes later at 8:18 PM on June 26.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Kosovo during 2021, starting in the spring on March 28, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 31.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Kosovo
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases in Kosovo
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The perceived humidity level in Kosovo, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Kosovo
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This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Kosovo experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.1 months, from November 22 to April 25, with average wind speeds of more than 6.1 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Kosovo is February, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.9 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.9 months, from April 25 to November 22. The calmest month of the year in Kosovo is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Kosovo
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Kosovo varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 1.9 months, from October 15 to December 11, with a peak percentage of 39% on November 16. The wind is most often from the north for 10 months, from December 11 to October 15, with a peak percentage of 37% on January 1.
Wind Direction in Kosovo
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Kosovo throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Kosovo for general outdoor tourist activities is from early June to mid September, with a peak score in the first week of August.
Tourism Score in Kosovo
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Kosovo for hot-weather activities is from early July to late August, with a peak score in the first week of August.
Beach/Pool Score in Kosovo
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
The growing season in Kosovo typically lasts for 6.6 months (204 days), from around April 4 to around October 25, rarely starting before March 15 or after April 27, and rarely ending before October 7 or after November 12.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Kosovo
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Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Kosovo should appear around April 5, only rarely appearing before March 21 or after April 22.
Growing Degree Days in Kosovo
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from May 17 to August 21, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.4 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Kosovo is July, with an average of 7.4 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from October 30 to February 16, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.8 kWh. The darkest month of the year in Kosovo is December, with an average of 1.7 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Kosovo
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Kosovo are 42.583 deg latitude, 20.917 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Kosovo is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 0 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 0 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (0 feet). Within 50 miles is also essentially flat (0 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Kosovo is covered by cropland (69%), trees (15%), and grassland (11%), within 10 miles by cropland (49%) and trees (41%), and within 50 miles by trees (56%) and cropland (29%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Kosovo, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
The details of the data sources used for this report can be found on the Pristina International Airport (PIA) page.
The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.
We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.