What kind of climate to expect while staying in Croatia?
Are you thinking about spending some good time in Croatia but have no idea what kind of weather you’re going to encounter? Croatia’s geographic position probably confuses you even more since it’s quite a challenge to distinguish whether you’re going to run into some warm, breezy period or a rainy and windy week.
Being intersected between the Mediterranean Sea, Central, and Southeastern Europe, Croatia has the perfect classic 4 season climate you’ll rarely see in the rest of the Old Continent.
The middle and the eastern part of the country have the typical continental climate known for its intense changes during a few months period. The weather covers Zagreb, and it’s surroundings plus the Slavonia region. Winters are moderately cold, and snow is no exception which results in a beautiful Christmas atmosphere and worldwide known events such as Zagreb Christmas market.
Summers are sunny and warm with regular light rainy days here and there, just enough to freshen up the air. Springs and falls are probably the most comfortable seasons in continental Croatia with moderate temperatures and equal transitions between day and night. It would be a shame to visit Croatia in fall and not visit beautiful Slavonia with its endless sightings of flawless wheat fields and vineyards. So why not visit Ilok, the most eastern place in Croatia which also happens to be the wine epicenter of the country.
Mountain climate resides in a very small percentage of the territory, in the regions of Gorski Kotar and Lika. Those mostly untouched areas full of wonderful forests and clean air are known for lower temperatures and longer periods of snow.
The seaside part of Croatia has a mild Mediterranean climate consisted of long, warm periods filled with the sunshine. You can easily say that summer in these parts starts already around Easter and end in mid-September. Occasional downpours occur now and then but the temperature very rarely falls below approximately 20 degrees (Celsius). The only things you should take into consideration are bura and jugo, two strong blowing kinds of wind typical for these areas which mostly blow during the colder part of the year such as fall, winter, and early spring, but sometimes they come as a surprise during the summer too. Besides them, there is no downside to the dreamy climate of the Adriatic coast.
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