Kosovo has a largely continental climate, though Pristina is considered an oceanic climate zone. Generally speaking, summers are long and dry, and winters are mild and rainy, with occasional heavy snowfall in the mountains.
It can get surprisingly hot in summer (between May and August), with temperatures sometimes reaching as high as 90°F (32°C). The warmest month is July, when high temperatures average around 79°F (26°C). Winters are cold and snowfall is common. The coldest month is January, which experiences an average low temperature of 23°F (-5°C).
Rainfall is abundant, particularly in the short spring and autumn. October is the wettest month, and August the driest. Visitors should note that the climate does vary according to region and geographical features.
Kosovo is a year-round destination, but summer is the peak tourism season and the optimum time to visit. Popular cities like Pristina can get crowded during this period. November to April is the least popular time, with the exception of ski season in January and February, which sees visitors flock to the slopes. This is the best time to ski in Kosovo. Spring and autumn are potentially very pleasant but it can be rainy.