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Podgorica

The city I love

Podgorica is situated in the northern part of the Zeta Valley, in the centre of Montenegro, at the junction of several major road routes leading from the sea towards the continental part of the country. It is located at an altitude of 44.5 m. Its geographical position is 42.26° N and 19.16° E. 

Natural Features

The large number of underground water flows makes this area well known for its healthy drinking water. The Rivers Morača and Ribnica, which cross the city in the directions north–south and east–west respectively, represent a special value and a beauty of nature.

Limestone river beds, rock ledges, caves, and unique canyons, through which clean and clear rivers flow, with plenty of beaches, rapids, bends, and vortices remain long in the visitor’s memory. Podgorica is also surrounded by lush vineyards called Ćemovsko, Lješansko, and Doljansko.

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Climate

The climate of Podgorica is affected by the Adriatic Sea, via the valley of the River Bojana and across Lake Skadar. Under the impact of the surrounding mountains, Mediterranean climate is changing in such way that Podgorica has a modified Mediterranean climate, characterized by warm and hot summers, and mild and rainy winters. Due to thermal impact of the Adriatic Sea, Podgorica has a high air temperature during the winter.

- The average annual air temperature in Podgorica is 16.4° C, with a maximum of 40.7° C, and a minimum of −4.6° C.

- The average annual rainfall in Podgorica is 1,544 mm, and its relative humidity is 59.6%.

- The average number of rainy days is 118, there are three snowy days, and 58 days with strong winds.

Summers in Podgorica are extremely hot and long. There are around 135 summer days, in which the air temperature reaches or exceeds 25° C. Plenty of sun and warmth, a relatively small number of days with precipitation, sufficient relative humidity and good ventilation constitute the basic climate characteristics and categorise Podgorica as an area with a pleasant climate.