In Shkodra, the climate is Mediterranean on the coast, with mild, rainy winters and hot, sunny summers, while it becomes slightly more continental inland, resulting however only cold in the mountain areas. Precipitation amounts to about 1,700 millimeters per year on the coast, and is even more abundant in the hilly and mountainous areas exposed to the west and south, so much so that they often exceed 2,000 mm a year. Along the coast and in the plains, the pluviometric regime is Mediterranean, with a maximum rainfall between autumn and winter and a summer minimum. Instead, in the mountainous areas, thunderstorms can break out in the summer. The sea temperature in Velipoja is still a little cool in May, while it becomes acceptable or pleasant from June to October. In Shkodra the sun regularly shines in the summer, especially in the plains, while in the other seasons there may be sunny days, but also cloudy and rainy days. In the more inland or sheltered areas of the mountains the climate becomes slightly more continental, a bit colder in winter and warm with some hot days in summer.
When to go.
Velipoja is more suitable for beach tourism in the period of July and August, months when the sun is practically assured and the sea is warmer. To visit the city of Shkodra, considering that in the middle of summer they can be very hot, you can prefer April, May, June and September. October has pleasant temperatures, but can be rainy, especially in the second part. September, the month in which the sea is slightly warmer than in June, can therefore be an interesting month, to visit the whole region and at the same time take baths.
What to bring in your suitcase.
In winter: warm clothes, coat, raincoat or umbrella. For mountainous areas: warm clothes, down jacket, hat, gloves, scarf. In summer: light clothes, a sweatshirt or sweater for the evening or for the mountains.