The Czech Republic is situated approximately in the geographical
center of Europe and has an area of 78,866 sq. km. It is a landlocked
country 326 km from the Baltic and 322 km from the Adriatic. It
shares borders with Germany (810 km), Poland (762 km), Austria (466
km) and Slovakia (265 km).
The highest point of elevation is the peak of Mt. Snezka (1,602
m above sea level) and the lowest point of elevation is near Hoensko
where the River Labe leaves Czech territory (117 m above sea level).
The Czech Republic has a humid, continental climate, with cold winters
and warm summers. The average temperature range in Prague is -5.3°
C (22.5° F) to -0.4° C (32.7° F) in January and 11.8° C (53.2° F)
to 23.3° C (73.9° F) in July.
Temperatures generally decrease with increasing altitude. Prague
receives an average of about 410 mm (about 16 in) of precipitation
annually. Precipitation is generally heaviest during the summer