The climate of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a hilly country with an unstable climate.
Bosnia and Herzegovina has a moderate sea climate (type Cfb according
to the Köppen-Geiger climate classification). The south-western part
of the country has a Mediterranean climate, type Csa. This warm sea
climate occurs in the area surrounding places such as
Neum and Mostar.
This is the area along the Adriatic Sea.
Climate information of places and areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The climate information on this page is only brief. Specific
information about weather and climate can be found on the climate
pages per area or town. As for Bosnia and Herzegovina the following climate
information is available:
If you take a look at the statistics you will notice constant
precipitation figures and a clear transition from a cold winter to a
warm summer. The total amount of hours of sunshine per day is
virtually proportionate to this. Due to its geography with mountains
and hills in the west and the Pannonian plains in the north and north
east there may be a supply of very cold air which causes winters to be
extremely cold in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Temperatures may drop as low
as -20 degrees Celsius. When there is a stable high pressure area in
the south of Russia these colder periods may last for a longer period
of time. When this occurs temperatures may deviate considerably from
long-term averages on which climate figures are based. In the
south-western part of the country, along the 21 kilometer coastal line
these extremes are uncommon. Because of the situation between the
relatively warm sea water and the Dinaric Alps cold air can hardly
reach this region.
During the summer warm air can easily reach the interior. This is
because of the hilly and mountainous areas in the southern and
south-western part of the country. The Adriatic Sea has little to no
cooling influence here. Every summer there are periods in Bosnia and
Herzegovina with extreme heat; during the afternoon temperatures may
rise up to 35-40 degrees Celsius. However, on average summers are not
as hot as some sources state. The extreme heat only occurs during
short periods of time. Summers are mild to reasonably warm on average
with maximum temperatures in July and August of 24-27 degrees Celsius.
During the winter large parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina get reasonable
amounts of snow. Because of this the area surrounding the capital
Sarajevo is a popular winter sports destination. Before the civil war
broke out in 1992 Sarajevo also was a popular winter sports
destination internationally. Most tourists traveled to winter sports
places such as Bjelasnica, Igman and
Jahorina. The winter sports
season is from the end of October till April. However, because of the
unstable climate the season may start somewhat later and spring may
start sooner, causing the season to last less long. Even during the
coldest months December, January and February there are chances of
little snowfall causing the snow on skiing tracks to be of low
Throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina there are different climate
types and different temperatures can be recorded. The figures below
are for Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and cannot be
seen as an average for the country. Because the climate of Bosnia and
Herzegovina is so diverse please visit to the individual pages for
climate information on other places and regions in Botswana and use
these as a reference.
More climate information
Climate tables are useful but they don’t give an overall picture of
the climate and possible weather conditions during a period of time.
How high the chances are of hot or cold weather or hurricanes can
often not be found in these tables. This is why we offer extra climate
information per month. The information below is an average for
Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. For more information
please go to the individual pages for climate information on other
places and regions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and use these as a
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