Why Croatia? – Nice Weather Year Round

Along the Dalmatian coast we boast long hot summers and fairly mild winters. Rainfall is generally moderate year round towards the north, and in the south follows along the Mediterranean “dry summer, wet winter” pattern. The most popular months to visit this region would be from June to September. Summers along the coast and islands can see between 10 and 12 hours of sunshine per day, with temperatures typically always in the high 20°C and pushing up to the low 30°C. Our humidity usually lies around 60%, but lucky for you the sea is never too far away. Summer is the driest season along the coast and winter is the rainiest season, with twice the amount of precipitation as the summer. In winter, the coast has a mean temperature of 2°C in the north of Dalmatia and 9°C in the south.

The coastal climate is also characterised by its winds. The most frequent wind in Dalmatia is the south-easterly “Yugo”, which blows toward the mainland in autumn and winter, bringing a warmer air with it. The “Bura” is a cold, dry wind which blows from the mainland in sudden and powerful gusts, bringing dry air and cooler temperatures. The westerly “Maestral” is a pleasant summer wind that blows in from the sea, reaching its peak force in early afternoon.

The Croatian interior, including places such as Zagreb and Slavonia, has a continental climate, usually meaning hot summers with a lack of a sea breeze, and much colder winters with particularly heavy snow. Because the interiors are separated from the coast by the Dinaric Mountains, winters will range from 0°C to -2°C, and the approximate temperature in the summer is around 22°C, although typically feeling much hotter with more frequent heat waves. The mountains of Croatia such as the Velebit range and Medvednica are cooler and get more precipitation. Here, the winter mean temperature will range from -2°C to -4°C, with snow common in higher elevations. In summer, these mountains remain a temperate 10°C to 18°C.

Here are some examples of the weather in major Croatian cities year round.

Split: Most rainfall is seen in May, June, October, November and December. On average, the warmest month is August. On average, the coolest month is January. June is usually the wettest month. August is the driest month.

Dubrovnik: On average, the warmest months are July and August. Most rainfall is seen in January, February, March, April, September, October, November and December. On average, the warmest month is July. On average, the coolest month is January. November is the wettest month. July is the driest month.

Hvar: On average, the warmest months are July and August. Most rainfall is seen in January, February, March, April, September, October, November and December. On average, the warmest month is July. On average, the coolest month is January. November is the wettest month. July is the driest month.

Rijeka: The months May, June, July, August and September have nice weather with a good average temperature. Most rainfall is seen in June, August, September and November. On average, the warmest month is July. On average, the coolest month is January. November is the wettest month. February is the driest month.

Zadar: The months May, June, July, August and September have nice weather with a good average temperature. Most rainfall is seen in May, June, October, November and December. On average, the warmest month is August. On average, the coolest month is January. June is the wettest month. August is the driest month.

Zagreb: The months May, June, July, August and September have nice weather with a good average temperature. On average, the warmest month is August. On average, the coolest month is January. June is the wettest month. This month should be avoided if you don’t like to much rain. February is the driest month.

Sources: World Weather & Climate Information, Meteorological and Hydrological Institute of Croatia