Weather and climate of Croatia

The Croatian climate is temperate and the four seasons are well defined. The mountains and the proximity of the sea greatly influence the weather and there are 2 main climatic zones in Croatia (Mediterranean climate and continental climate) plus a mountain climate on the peaks.

Today (+ 3 days) weather in Croatia

Climates in Croatia

About the following average temperatures

Please note, a minimum average temperature of 22 degrees means that it is on average 22 degrees at night. During the day, it is much warmer.

Minimum and maximum

  • The minimum temperature recorded in Croatia was on February 3, 1919 in Čakovec with -35.5 degrees.
  • The highest was on July 5, 1950 in Karlovac with 42.4 degrees.

The coast: Mediterranean climate

In winter, the average temperature is 6 or 8 degrees (depending on whether you are in the North or South of the country). As soon as we move away from the coast, the temperature drops 2 degrees. Rainfall is significant in winter (800 – 1200mm) especially in the lower mountains. In summary, winters are mild and rainy.

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Dream beach in summer in Croatia

In summer, the average temperature is above 22 degrees (and happily reaches 30 degrees in July and August in the shade). And the further south we go, the higher the thermometer rises. Rain is rare in summer and the climate is particularly dry. With 2700 hours of sunshine each year, the climate resembles that of the French Riviera (a little warmer than in France but less hot than in Greece). The sea water reaches 26 degrees.
Winds greatly influence local weather and seaside temperatures.

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Continental Croatia: continental climate

In winter the average temperature fluctuates between -2 and 0 degrees. There are between 25 and 60 days of snow per year (variable depending on altitude and distance from the sea).
In summer, the average temperature is 20-22 degrees. Thunderstorms are common and the heat is overwhelming.

The further east we move, the more the thermal amplitude increases and the less rainfall. Mountain areas (Gorski kotar for example) have cooler temperatures and greater rainfall.

The winds of Croatia

Mer sous le vent
The bura blows hard on the Adriatic Sea

The bura and the sirocco are the dominant winds on the coasts in the bad season. Being able to blow very strongly, they delight windsurfers but considerably cool the perceived temperature.

  • The bura comes from the earth (north-east), is cold and dry and lasts for 3 days.
  • The jugo (south) and the sirocco (south) are two humid and hot winds.
  • The mistral, a fresh spring wind, blows crescendo until the beginning of the afternoon.