Croatia Weather

 

Due to its specific location and topography, a mixture of mountains, plains and long coast Croatia has a very diverse climate. There is a distinction between two major climate regions: one along the coastline – MEDITERRANEAN climate, with mild weather in winter and moderate to hot dry summers, and one for the interior of the country – CONTINENTAL climate with quite harsh winters, moderate to hot summers and a fair amount of precipitation.

 

Mediterranean Climate in Croatia

 

The best known and most visited part of Croatia is the Dalmatian coast, its islands and the city of Dubrovnik. It has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with mild and warm winters and hot and sunny summers. The Dalmatian hinterland features mountains and tends to be cooler than the coast.

 

Air Temperature

 

The air temperature in Dalmatia usually ranges from 25 to 30 °C during summer months and 10 to 13 °C during winter months. The lowest air temperatures occurs in January and the highest in July and August.

 

Sea Temperature

 

The surface temperature of the sea usually ranges from 22 to 25 °C during summer months and 13 to 16 °C during winter months. The lowest sea surface temperatures occurs in February and the highest in July and August.

 

Weather in Coastal Cities – Air and Sea Temperatures

 

  • Split-Weather

 

The warmest month (with the highest average high temperature) is July (29.8°C). The coldest month (with the lowest average low temperature) is January (5.4°C).

The best month for swimming (with the highest average sea temperature) is August (24.8°C). The coldest month (with the lowest average sea temperature) is February (13.5°C).

 

 

  • Dubrovnik-Weather

 

The warmest month (with the highest average high temperature) is August (28.5°C). The coldest month (with the lowest average low temperature) is January (6.6°C). 

The best month for swimming (with the highest average sea temperature) is July (25.5°C). Coldest months (with the lowest average sea temperature) are January and February (14.2°C).

  • Hvar-Weather

 

Warmest months (with the highest average high temperature) are July and August (29.5°C). Coldest months (with the lowest average low temperature) are January and February (5.9°C).

The best month for swimming (with the highest average sea temperature) is August (24.9°C). The coldest month (with the lowest average sea temperature) is February (13.8°C).

  • Brac-Weather

 

Warmest months (with the highest average high temperature) are July and August (28°C). The coldest month (with the lowest average low temperature) is January (3°C).

The best month for swimming (with the highest average sea temperature) is August (25°C). Coldest months (with the lowest average sea temperature) are January and February (13.9°C).

Sunlight Hours

 

Dalmatia is the European record holder for sunlight hours. The island of Hvar is the sunniest in Europe with over 2,760 hours of sunshine per year. Next sunniest spots in are: Dubrovnik (2665 hours of sunshine), Split (2628 hours of sunshine), Bol on Brač island (2620 hours of sunshine) and Vela Luka on Korčula Island (2600 hours of sunshine)

Rain

 

Summer is the driest season in Dalmatia. In July and August, there is almost no rain at all. Once in while sunny weather is disturbed by short thunderstorms. Rain is limited to winter with twice the amount of rain as in summer.

The islands further from the shore are the driest spots on the Dalmatian coast. For instance, the Vis island (45-55 km from the shore) averages only 557 mm/year of rainfall while Brač Island (6-13 km from the shore) averages 952 mm/year of rainfall. The city of Dubrovnik is one of the rainiest spots of the Adriatic coast from October to December.

Snow is a rare occurrence in this part of Croatia.

 

Winds

 

The most frequent coastal winds in Dalmatia are Jugo, Bura and Maestral. Jugo is a warm and moist south wind, Bora is a dry and cold north wind and Maestral is a pleasant summer northwest wind.

Bura and Jugo are typical during winter months and Maestral in summer months.

 

Best Time to Visit Croatia

 

When planning a trip anywhere it’s very important what the weather is going to be like. Pleasant climate and weather conditions in Dalmatia are perfect for a holiday at any time of year, it all depends on individual preferences and planned activities.

High season months (June, July, August and mid-September) are the most popular and visited months in the year. Weather is constantly warm and sunny – ideal for swimming and sunbathing, exploring the breathtaking nature and history of Dalmatian islands and old towns and enjoying music festivals. Summer is however the busiest time of year in Dalmatia.

Shoulder season months (May, mid-September and October) are the most pleasant months. Mild temperatures are perfect for outdoor activities like hiking or cycling and the sea is still enough warm for a swim, also its ideal time for sightseeing because crowds are smaller.

Low season months (from November to April) are mild – ideal for relaxing getaways, sightseeing and holiday festivals.

 

Check our infographic about the weather in Croatia:

 

 

 

 

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