The climate of Croatia
Climatologically Croatia can be divided into three parts. The lower
coastal areas have a Mediterranean climate with mild and fairly wet
winters and dry and warm summers. When you travel further into the
interior you directly come across the Dinaric Alps. This mountain
range stretches out from north to south along the entire coastline of
Croatia. According to many different sources this area also has a
Mediterranean climate. However, this is not correct. The higher areas
have a continental climate or a moderate maritime climate. According
to the Köppen-Geiger climate classification a Dfb climate. Winters are
colder and wetter. During the summer temperatures are also slightly
lower than in the areas directly along the coast. The eastern part of
Croatia bordering Hungary and Yugoslavia is lower and much flatter
than the western part of Croatia. This part unmistakably has a
moderate continental climate. The sea has little influence here
because this region is situated on the leeward side of a mountain
Climate information of places and areas in Croatia
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 Croatia the following climate
information is available:
Croatia is becoming increasingly popular as a sun destination. During
the summer temperatures here can be compared to those on the French
Rivièra. However, chances of rain are bigger here than along the Cote
d’Azur. The beaches and the bright blue sea conjure up associations
with the French coast.
Croatia has high precipitation figures all year round. However, the
amount of precipitation that falls depends on the place and the period
you are in. Most of the rain and snow falls during autumn and winter.
The most eastern tip of the country is the driest part with about 700
millimeters of annual precipitation. The northern part of the Dinaric
Alps get more than 2,000 millimeters of annual rain and are among the
wettest regions in Europe.
Winter sports and snow
During the winter most of the precipitation falls in the form of snow,
especially in the mountainous areas. The county of Primorje-Gorski
Kotar east of the city of Rijeka has developed into a winter sports
area. The pistes are situated at an altitude of 1,500-1,700 meters.
Snowfall is not as guaranteed as in the popular winter sports areas in
the Alps. However, chances of good skiing and cross country skiing
circumstances are reasonably high during the winter.
The figures below are based on long term climate records and are a
global average for the Croatian coastline. Along the coast several
differences occur. The northern part is slightly drier than the
southern part of the coast. During the summer there are several small
differences in air and sea temperatures. The interior is colder and
less stable all year round. We offer climate figures on the following
places and regions.
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 at this site was carefully composed from climate data collected by meteorological services, meteorological offices, climate experts and other sources. “More climate info” is based on statistics, climate data and personal experience. No rights can be derived from this site. Weather has no memory and gives no guaranties. Nothing is as changeable and unpredictable as the weather. The authors of this site feel in no way responsible for any damages caused by misinterpretation or other circumstances that may influence your holiday or trip to a certain destination. We provide information, it’s up to the reader to use it to it’s benefit.