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Average Weather in Golaj Albania

In Golaj, the summers are warm and mostly clear and the winters are very cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 26°F to 84°F and is rarely below 16°F or above 93°F.

Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Golaj for hot-weather activities is from early July to late August.

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The warm season lasts for 3.1 months, from June 10 to September 13, with an average daily high temperature above 76°F. The hottest day of the year is August 4, with an average high of 84°F and low of 60°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.5 months, from November 24 to March 8, with an average daily high temperature below 49°F. The coldest day of the year is January 19, with an average low of 26°F and high of 41°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

Average High and Low Temperature in GolajwarmcoldcoldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJan 1941°FJan 1941°FAug 484°FAug 484°F26°F26°F60°F60°FJun 1076°FJun 1076°FSep 1376°FSep 1376°FNov 2449°FNov 2449°FMar 849°FMar 849°F54°F54°F53°F53°F34°F34°F32°F32°FNowNow
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

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

Average Hourly Temperature in GolajJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfreezingvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmfreezingfreezing
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Ronceverte, West Virginia, United States (5,011 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Golaj (view comparison).

Clouds

In Golaj, 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 Golaj begins around June 7 and lasts for 3.4 months, ending around September 19. On July 21, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 88% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 12% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around September 19 and lasts for 8.6 months, ending around June 7. On December 7, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 56% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 44% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in GolajclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 2188%Jul 2188%Dec 744%Dec 744%Jun 766%Jun 766%Sep 1966%Sep 1966%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Golaj varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 8.9 months, from September 14 to June 10, with a greater than 25% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 32% on November 21.

The drier season lasts 3.1 months, from June 10 to September 14. The smallest chance of a wet day is 17% on August 2.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 31% on April 24.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in GolajwetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Nov 2132%Nov 2132%Aug 217%Aug 217%Sep 1425%Sep 1425%Jun 1025%Jun 1025%NowNowrainsnow
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

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. Golaj experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Golaj. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around November 19, with an average total accumulation of 3.6 inches.

The least rain falls around July 22, with an average total accumulation of 1.1 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall in GolajJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in1 in1 in2 in2 in3 in3 in4 in4 in5 in5 in6 in6 in7 in7 inNov 193.6 inNov 193.6 inJul 221.1 inJul 221.1 inApr 122.5 inApr 122.5 inMar 22.4 inMar 22.4 inNowNow
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.

As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Golaj experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 3.9 months, from November 17 to March 15, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 8, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.4 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 8.1 months, from March 15 to November 17. The least snow falls around July 23, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in GolajsnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in1 in1 in2 in2 in3 in3 in4 in4 inJan 80.4 inJan 80.4 inJul 230.0 inJul 230.0 inNov 170.1 inNov 170.1 inMar 150.1 inMar 150.1 in
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Golaj varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 5 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 16 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in GolajJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 6 minMar 2012 hr, 6 minMar 2015 hr, 16 minJun 2115 hr, 16 minJun 2112 hr, 10 minSep 2212 hr, 10 minSep 229 hr, 5 minDec 219 hr, 5 minDec 21nightnightdayNowNow
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 5:01 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 8 minutes later at 7:09 AM on October 30. The earliest sunset is at 4:06 PM on December 8, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 13 minutes later at 8:19 PM on June 26.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Golaj 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

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in GolajJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 145:01 AMJun 145:01 AM8:19 PMJun 268:19 PMJun 26Dec 84:06 PMDec 84:06 PM7:09 AMOct 307:09 AMOct 30Mar 28DSTMar 28DSTDSTOct 31DSTOct 31daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2021. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Moon

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

The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Humidity

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 Golaj, 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, staying within 1% of 1% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in GolajJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jan 200%Jan 200%Jul 31%Jul 31%NowNowcomfortablecomfortabledrydryhumidhumid
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

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 Golaj experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 5.0 months, from November 16 to April 17, with average wind speeds of more than 5.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 24, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.9 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 7.0 months, from April 17 to November 16. The calmest day of the year is August 12, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.8 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in GolajwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mphFeb 246.9 mphFeb 246.9 mphAug 124.8 mphAug 124.8 mphNov 165.8 mphNov 165.8 mphApr 175.8 mphApr 175.8 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Golaj varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 3.1 months, from March 23 to June 25, with a peak percentage of 39% on June 10. The wind is most often from the north for 1.6 months, from June 25 to August 13, with a peak percentage of 42% on July 20. The wind is most often from the east for 7.3 months, from August 13 to March 23, with a peak percentage of 37% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in GolajEWNEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwesteastnorthsouth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Golaj 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 Golaj for general outdoor tourist activities is from early June to mid September, with a peak score in the second week of July.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Golajbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810108.08.00.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature tourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

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 Golaj for hot-weather activities is from early July to late August, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Golajbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810107.57.50.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

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.

Growing Season

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 Golaj typically lasts for 7.0 months (213 days), from around March 31 to around October 30, rarely starting before March 8 or after April 24, and rarely ending before October 12 or after November 18.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Golajgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Mar 3150%Mar 3150%Oct 3050%Oct 3090%Apr 2490%Apr 2490%Oct 1290%Oct 1210%Mar 810%Mar 810%Nov 1810%Nov 180%Dec 200%Dec 20Jul 17100%Jul 17100%NowNowfreezingvery coldcoolcomfortablewarmhotcoldfrigid
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

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 Golaj should appear around April 12, only rarely appearing before March 29 or after April 27.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in GolajJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F500°F500°F1,000°F1,000°F1,500°F1,500°F2,000°F2,000°F2,500°F2,500°F3,000°F3,000°FApr 1289°FApr 1289°FJun 25900°FJun 25900°FAug 71,800°FAug 71,800°FDec 312,927°FDec 312,927°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

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 3.0 months, from May 18 to August 20, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 7, with an average of 7.6 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 2.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 15, with an average of 1.7 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in GolajbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhJul 77.6 kWhJul 77.6 kWhDec 151.7 kWhDec 151.7 kWhMay 186.4 kWhMay 186.4 kWhAug 206.4 kWhAug 206.4 kWhOct 302.9 kWhOct 302.9 kWhFeb 162.9 kWhFeb 162.9 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Golaj are 42.248 deg latitude, 20.380 deg longitude, and 1,627 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Golaj contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,680 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,787 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (5,571 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,986 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Golaj is covered by cropland (39%), grassland (29%), and trees (29%), within 10 miles by trees (54%) and cropland (22%), and within 50 miles by trees (53%) and cropland (23%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Golaj, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There are 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Golaj.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Golaj according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Golaj is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Golaj and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Pristina International Airport (PIA) (44%, 64 kilometers, northeast); Podgorica Airport (22%, 93 kilometers, west); Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza (18%, 108 kilometers, southwest); and Ohrid "St. Paul the Apostle" Airport (16%, 123 kilometers, south).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

Disclaimer

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.