Poland's principal topographical characteristic is the North European Plain, which extends across most of the country. Along the southern border are the Carpathian and Sudeten mountains. The highest elevation is Rysy (2,499 m) in the High Tatra range of the Carpathians.
The country's climate is a continental climate, moderated by maritime weather from the Atlantic, which produces significant snowfall in the central and southern regions in the winter and generally warm and dry summers. The mountain regions can suffer extreme cold in the winter, as well as sudden fohns--dry south winds sweeping the northern side of the ranges. Average annual precipitation in Warsaw is 635 mm; the mountain resort of Zakopane has twice as much.
Total population is 38,642,565 (World Factbook, July 1996 est.). Aside from the capital Warsaw, the largest cities are Lodz, Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk, Szczecin, Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Lublin, Sosnowiec, Bialystok, and Czestochowa.
Stations from the IDMP Network measure both daylight and solar radiation.

Clock Time: GMT+1. Summer time shift (GMT+2), from last Sunday in March,
to Saturday before last Sunday in October.

Polish Committee on Illumination
4 Noakowskiego str.
00-666 Warszawa
Tel: +48 22 25 71 52
Fax: +48 22 25 68 84
CIE on the Internet.


More information is available at Amadeus or the Electric Library

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