It may be somehow speculation to look at the average temperatures for the last five years and blame it on Global Heating. However, our small research in Peaks of the Balkans trail temperatures over five years shows changes that impact the weather in these mountains. 

In the last two years, 2018 and 2019 the company Balkan Natural Adventure has led tours in Peaks of the Balkans trail in April. According to the guides and tourists, there were no biggest problems and the snow was reserved in some parts of the trail as mostly it was only in patches. 

Glacier in Theth Valbona trail

The glacier in Theth Valbona Trail, in the turn to Jezerc.

We have checked the average temperatures in the month of April in Valbona and the results show a higher average temperature in 2018 and 2019, which reached 17 grades Celsius, from 12.5 average from 2012 to 2016. The change in terms of temperature is seen only in early spring and late autumn. June, July, and August have changed very little, however, September and October have experienced a higher average temperature. In 2018 the average in October was 22 while in 2017 and 2016 it was 16 degrees celsius. 

In terms of rainfall, the biggest impact in 2018 was in the month of June when there were 17 days of rain compared to a maximum of 6 days of rain in the previous 6 years. September was unusually dry while the impact in October and rains was also very small. 

This is a blog post, not scientific research, however, it points at unusual changes in the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, we hope this will not impact flowers and wildlife in the region.