Climate of Montenegro is exceptionally mild and Mediterranean, with average air temperature in summer of 27,4 °C, maximum sea temperature of 27,1°C and lots of sunny days a year /240/. Podgorica, lying near sea level, is hottest spot in the country having the warmest July temperatures in Montenegro, averaging 27°C. Temperature varies greatly with elevation. Montenegro's mountainous regions receive some of the highest amounts of rainfall in Europe. Annual precipitation at Crkvice points, in the Karst above the Kotor Gulf, is 4,930 millimeters. In the northern mountains of Montenegro, snow is present throughout the winter and lasts until May.