Seasons in Croatia

The owner of over 1000 Islands, one of the most eco-friendly countries on earth, famous for its unspoiled nature, a small but very welcoming Croatia is located in Central Europe, in the West of the Balkan Peninsula.

The second half of April, may, June, September and the first two weeks of October are ideal for exploring local attractions.

The opening of the bathing season in Croatia falls on the first days of may. However, the water is still very cold – not above +18 °C (64 °F), so many tourists prefer to sunbathe and swim in the heated pools. The beach holiday at this time has its advantages: the sun in may is very gentle and likely to get burned is very small. In June, gets hotter, and with it comes the warming of sea water up to +21...+22 °C (70-72 °F). Another thing in July or August: water temperature in the middle of the season is delayed at elevations of +24..+26 °C (75-79 °F).

The ski season lasts longer – from December to March. Stable snow cover guarantees artificial snowmaking system. In the winter resorts are world Cup slalom races, to please the tourists get all kinds of holidays.


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Spring in Croatia

The first days of March "inhale" a real spring in many Croatian resorts. So, Dubrovnik is transformed into a fragrant floral aromas of the garden. The air is remarkably clean and fresh. A little colder in the capital, but there is marked positive temperature dynamics. By the end of the month in the ski resorts the snow begins to descend. In April, despite moderate rainfall, something magical happens: the updated nature pleases the eye with bright, rich colors, and the refined ear ringing chirping of birds.

Daylight is added, and starts sightseeing time. In may in many parts of Croatia becomes very warm, and on the coast even can stand the hot weather. Along with this comes an increase in precipitation. Greatest "punch" takes over South Dalmatia – about 8 cloudy days. But the weather is just perfect for exploring. The last month of spring believes the beginning of the beach season, many tourists already go into the water, which by then is warmed up to +18 °C (64 °F).

Climate of the Spring Months

March
Max average t°: +11 °C (52 °F)
Min average t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
* Water t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 45 mm (1.8")
April
Max average t°: +17 °C (63 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (46 °F)
* Water t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 60 mm (2.4")
May
Max average t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
* Water t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 85 mm (3.3")

(Zagreb; * Dubrovnik)

Summer in Croatia

June – the most auspicious month in the summer. The weather is still cool and very comfortable for long trips across the country, and for recreation on the beach. The water temperature in this month is not yet sufficiently warm, and cold to call it impossible, this means that she will have plenty of admirers. On the coast almost no rain, only a few times a month. But they are intermittent in nature. In the Central part of the country, on the contrary, a high average annual rainfall. In Zagreb at the time as warm, as along the coastline, but in the evening for a couple of degrees cooler. In July and August on the coast the thermometer "grows" to +30 °C (86 °F), often bypassing the mark.

However heat is easy due to the dry climate and constantly blowing sea breezes. Most conservative in terms of temperature coastal city acts as a Pool, located on the Western tip of Istria. Here the water temperature in early July is about 22 °C (72 °F) (but by the end of the month becomes warmer), whereas near the shores of the more southern resorts these values are +23..+25 °C (73-77 °F), growing in August to +26 °C (79 °F). Inside the country and in the North the air temperature in the last month of summer a little more moderate – from +22 °C to +27 °C (72-81 °F).


Climate of the Summer Months

June
Max average t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Min average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
* Water t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 95 mm (3.7")
July
Max average t°: +27 °C (81 °F)
Min average t°: +17 °C (63 °F)
* Water t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 80 mm (3.1")
August
Max average t°: +27 °C (81 °F)
Min average t°: +16 °C (61 °F)
* Water t°: +26 °C (79 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 75 mm (3.0")

(Zagreb; * Dubrovnik)

Autumn in Croatia

Most of autumn in Croatia, except in some mountainous and Central regions, is very warm weather. September is a gentle "velvet summer", he offers only the best that can be done to nature: the warm sea, gentle sunshine, endless blue skies and endless opportunities for outdoor activities (sailing, diving, canyoning, fishing, etc.). In October all the more clearly felt the breath of autumn, although in the coastal areas remains sufficiently high temperature for this time of year is about +19..+20 °C (66-68 °F).

However, frequent rains, and at night, it gets pretty cool. From the second decade of October to swim uncomfortable. In the mountains the first frosts are expected. In November autumn leaves are falling down, the air temperature on the coast is kept at +15..+17 °C (59-63 °F), but the sun appears in the sky less and less. The sky is often overcast with rain clouds. Here high amount of precipitation. Closer inland, the weather becomes colder. Day in the capital no more than +9 °C (48 °F). Most ski resorts are still assimilating snow cover, there is in full swing preparing for the opening of the season.


Climate of the Autumn Months

September
Max average t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (54 °F)
* Water t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 70 mm (2.7")
October
Max average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (46 °F)
* Water t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 90 mm (3.5")
November
Max average t°: +9 °C (48 °F)
Min average t°: +4 °C (39 °F)
* Water t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Sundial in the day: 2 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 90 mm (3.5")

(Zagreb; * Dubrovnik)

Winter in Croatia

In winter in coastal areas quite warm. Average air temperature is about +10 °C (50 °F), on especially Sunny days, the thermometer rises to +13..+14 °C (55-57 °F). In the evening, as a rule, temperatures can drop to 0 °C (32 °F). By the way, the sea water in winter is slightly warmer than the air.

This season there is abundant rainfall. A few kilometers from the shoreline, temperatures are much lower. In Zagreb the day is observed from -2 to +5 °C (28-41 °F). Possible fluctuations in temperature from the average value in the big or smaller party. Typical heavy snowfall. In the mountains the temperature falls to -10 °C (14 °F).

Climate of the Winter Months

December
Max average t°: +4 °C (39 °F)
Min average t°: 0 °C (32 °F)
* Water t°: +17 °C (63 °F)
Sundial in the day: 2 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 70 mm (2.7")
January
Max average t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
Min average t°: -2 °C (28 °F)
* Water t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Sundial in the day: 2 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 55 mm (2.2")
February
Max average t°: +5 °C (41 °F)
Min average t°: -1 °C (30 °F)
* Water t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 50 mm (2.0")

(Zagreb; * Dubrovnik)


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