The climate of Podgorica is Mediterranean, with mild, rainy winters, and hot, sunny summers.
The city is the capital of Montenegro and is located 35 km (20 mi) from the sea, from which it is separated by hills and mountains (Mount Lovcen to the west and Rumija to the south). For this reason, in summer there can be very hot days, when the temperature can reach, or even exceed, 40 °C (104 °F). In August 2012, 42.5 °C (108.5 °F) were reached. Winter is quite mild, but sometimes it can get cold and it can snow. In January 1985, the temperature dropped to -12 °C (10.5 °F), and in January 2017, to -9.4 °C (15 °F).
The average temperature of the coldest month (January) is of 5.5 °C (42 °F), that of the warmest months (July, August) is of 26 °C (79 °F). Here are the average temperatures.
Podgorica - Average temperatures
Min (°C)136914172020171273
Max (°C)101115192428323227221511
Min (°F)343743485763686863544537
Max (°F)505259667582909081725952

Precipitation amounts to 1,650 millimeters (65 inches) per year: it is therefore abundant. Podgorica is the rainiest capital in Europe, although it doesn't rain much in the summer. Rainfall ranges from 40 mm (1.6 in) in the driest month (July) to 230 mm (9.1 in) in the wettest (October). Here is the average precipitation.
Podgorica - Average precipitation

On average, there are around 2,470 sunshine hours per year: therefore, the amount of sunshine is good. Here are the average sunshine hours per day.
Podgorica - Sunshine


Best Time

The best times to visit Podgorica are spring and autumn, namely the months of May and September. In June, the weather is often excellent, but it can sometimes get hot, especially in the second half of the month.
The best months for a beach holiday are July and August. In June, the sea is still a little cool.