weather forecasts for Croatia
Because of very gentle and healthy climate,
the Croatian coast is very suitable for living and for holidays.
Its narrow coastal area with islands has Mediterranean climate
(gentle and rainy winters, and warm, dry and sunny summers).
In January, north from ibenik the average temperature is
between 8 10 C, while south from ibenik it is even
warmer. In July, the average air temperature on the Croatian coast
is between 26,8 30,9 C.
Small daily temperature oscillations and high number of sunny
days (up to 2500 sun hours per year) have positive effect on human
organism. The highest sun is in the middle part of the coast (about
2700 hours) where the sunniest island is Hvar with 2715 hours
of sun.In the coastal area, the most of the rain falls in October
and November in the north, and in November and December in the
south; while the driest months are July and August.
The total amount of precipitation would be enough if the soil
base wouldn't be so porous (lime stone and dolomitic karst)
and if the distribution of precipitation wouldn't be so inconvenient.
Snow is rare phenomenon, and even if it falls, it holds just for
a day or two.The most usual winds are bura, jugo and maestral.
Bura is specific coastal north-eastern wind; it is more frequent
in winter than in summer and blows in gusts, sometimes even faster
than 120 kilometers per hour. It raises waves to 2,5 meters high
and brings mostly clear weather.
Jugo is warm and humid south-eastern wind that blows at constant
speed, raising relatively high wavers. The people are especially
fond of maestral, daily landward breeze that blows from the sea
to the coast in the warmer part of the year and makes summer heats
easier to endure.
Gentle winters, and dry and hot summers caused growth of the exuberant
Mediterranean evergreen vegetation on the coast: slender cypresses,
aromatic laurels, blooming, oleanders, graceful tamarisks, strange
aloes and flowering agaves, magnificent mimosas veiled with sunny-yellow
flowers that announce spring, mellow oranges, tangerines and lemons,
almonds and fragrant pines; and the symbols of the coast
graceful olive tree and wondrous fig-tree.However, the most significant
vegetation type on the coast is modest macchia
(dense evergreen underbrush ) with its evergreen ilex and green
juniper-tree, whose beauty is complemented with fragrance of sage,
heather, rosemary and lavender.