Seasons in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The climate of Bosnia and Herzegovina is moderately continental and characterized by a mildly warm summer and mildly cool winter, while the warmest part of the country is the south-western, where the climate is more like a subtropical Mediterranean.

But, the climate in Bosnia and Herzegovina is heterogeneous, first of all, it is connected with the mountainous terrain, which leads to the formation of many microclimatic zones. Very often the parts of the same mountain valley can have absolutely different weather conditions throughout the year, which is due to the peculiarities of topography. Also, one of the characteristics of the climate in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the very rapid weather change throughout the day.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Spring in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a very pleasant time of the year, more reminiscent of the average Russian summer. Usually the heat becomes late February - early March. At this time, the snow in the valleys quickly descends, the grass immediately turns green and different flowers start to bloom. The daytime temperature in the end of March and beginning of April in the valleys reaches + 18 + 20 °C, and by the beginning of May + 23 °C, practically the norm throughout the country, except for mountain regions and Sarajevo.

The climate of the spring months

(Sarajevo)

March
Max average t°: +11 °C (52 °F)
Min average t°: +1 °C (33 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 71 mm (2,8")
April
Max average t°: +15 °C (60 °F)
Min average t°: +5 °C (40 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 81 mm (3.2")
May
Max average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Min average t°: +9 °C (48 °F)
Sundial in the day 9 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 107 mm (4,2")

Spring holidays

1 March - Independence day

1 May - Labour Day
2 May - 2nd day of the Labour Day
9 May - Victory Day

Summer in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The summer in Bosnia and Herzegovina is moderately warm, it begins in late May and lasts until the end of September. Rainy days in summer are very few. In Neum and its environs, the air warms up to +25 + 27 °C, precipitation practically does not happen. Officially, the swimming season begins in late May, although the temperature of the sea water does not exceed + 20 °C, but some daredevils dive into the water in April.

July is the hottest summer month, the average daytime temperature in July in the valleys (where the main tourist cities are located) is + 27 °C, and in the mountains - from + 10 ° C to + 20 °C, depending on the altitude. When the heat and drought are established, which is not uncommon for this country, the temperature starts to rise and reaches +35 + 40 °C and sometimes even higher.

August is a velvet season in the country. In the daytime it is hot, and the water temperature in the sea reaches its maximum - + 25 °C, at this time a lot of people are resting in Neum and its environs.

The climate of the summer months

(Sarajevo)

June
Max average t°: +23,5 °C (74 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (53 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 88 mm (3,5")
July
Max average t°: +26 °C (79 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (56 °F)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 71 mm (2,8")
August
Max average t°: +27 °C (80 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 43 mm (1,7")


Summer holidays

15 August - Assumption of Mary

Autumn in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Autumn in Bosnia and Herzegovina begins in late September - early October. And if in the beginning of October in the south of the country the average daily air temperature keeps in the region of +20 +23 °C, in the north of the country the stoves are already heated to +8 +10 ° C. October is a pretty pleasant autumn month, though misty. As a rule, during the day it is very warm here, and after a hard day it is unbearably cold.

November is characterized by cooler weather and rains, there is very little sun this month. In some mountainous areas (depending on the altitude), November is more wintery month than an autumnal one.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is moderately precipitated. Precipitation falls fairly evenly throughout the year, approximately 800-100 mm in the plains, 1500-1800 mm in the mountains, and 1600 mm in the near-adriatic part of the country, with a peak in November-December.

The climate of the autumn months

(Sarajevo)

September
Max average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Min average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 77 mm (3,0")
October
Max average t°: +17 °C (62 °F)
Min average t°: +6 °C (43 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 72 mm (2,8")
November
Max average t°: +9 °C (49 °F)
Min average t°:+2 °C (36 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 65 mm (2,6")

Autumn holidays

1 November - All Saints Day
2 November - All Souls Day
21 November - Dayton Agreement Day
25 November - Statehood Day

Winter in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Winter in Bosnia and Herzegovina is quite comfortable time of the year. It begins in the beginning - mid-December in the valleys, and in early - mid-November in the mountainous areas, where at this time the snow has already falls. In general, the Bosnian winter can’t be called cold. The air temperature in winter in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is on average, is + 4 °C in the valleys, and -5 °C in the mountains. Winter in regions with rivers has an endless fog.

In northern parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, snow falls earlier. As a rule, in Visegrad the first snow falls at the end of December, in Sarajevo it usually drops out earlier - it happens when at the end of November, and in Trebin it may not fall out all winter. In Banja Luka, the cold comes earlier than in Sarajevo.

The climate of the winter months

(Belgrade)

December
Max average t°: +4 °C (40 °F)
Min average t°: -1,5 °C (29 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Snowy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 74 mm (2,9")
January
Max average t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
Min average t°:-4 °C (25 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Snowy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 71 mm (2,8")
February
Max average t°:+6 °C (43 °F)
Min average t°: -3 °C (27 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3,5 hours
Snowy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 73 mm (2,9")

Winter holidays

25 Dec - Catholic Christmas
26 Dec - St. Stephen's Day

1 Jan - New Year's Day
2 Jan - 2nd day of the New Yea
6 Jan - Epiphany
7 Jan - Orthodox Christmas
9 Jan - Republic Day
14 Jan - New Year (According to the Julian calendar)