Winter in Croatia

Weather in Croatia: What to expect

If you are planning to spend your holidays in Croatia, you will certainly want to know more about local weather in Croatia.

Croatian coast has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and moderate winters. It is a pleasant climate, but do expect the digits to hit high numbers during the summer season.

Winter months in Croatia

Winter along the Adriatic coast is rather mild when it comes to temperature but rainy. Snow is rare, but it can happen for a day or two. Low temperatures are not a big problem, and even though in January or February it can sometimes get as low as -12°C (10°F), normally, it’s between -2°C (28°F) and 12°C (53°F).

However, the weather in Croatia in winter can be rather cold during the furious Bura wind gusts, the bone-chilling northern wind blowing for days, which can often make temperatures seem a lot cooler than they actually are. Fortunately, gusts of Bura are usually not that frequent, nor that extreme.

Summer in Croatia

Summer months in Croatia

Summer is the most popular time for visiting the Adriatic coast. Summers are hot and dry, with temperatures averaging from 24°C to 30°C (75°F – 104°F).

Although first hot days can come as early as May, usually during June the temperature goes up suddenly. It gets between 24°C and 30°C (75°F to 86°F).

July and August are the warmest months, when it comes to weather in Croatia, during which the temperature can reach 40°C (104°F) mid-day sometimes. During September, the weather and temperature is similar as in June.

Even though normally dry, every once in a while, there is a year when it rains every couple of days. But that still doesn’t spoil the summer, as the rain goes away as fast as it appeared.

Weather in Croatia – Pre & Post Season

Post season (April and May) and early autumn (September and October) are the perfect times to visit the Adriatic coast, if you want to avoid crowds and the heat of the high season.

The sea won’t necessarily be warm enough for swimming (unless you are from Russia, Scandinavia or Canada), but the weather conditions should still be perfect for everything else, with temperatures ranging between 12 °C and 24°C (53°F to 75°F) and usually sunny days.

Just as importantly, with not as many tourists around, you will have most of the beautiful and popular sights such as National Parks and islands all to yourself.

Plan ahead with AccuWeather

Even though we’ve just described what you can usually expect from the weather in Croatia, it is always a good idea to plan ahead and check the weather forecast before you arrive. Especially so if you are planning a cruise vacation.

Ultimately, the weather is unpredictable, and it’s getting even more so recently. There are plenty of weather forecast mobile apps and websites which can make your planning easier, at least to a degree.

We can recommend a few of the excellent tools and websites, such as AccuWeather and Most useful data are the current weather in Croatia, the 3-7 days forecasts, and the current sea temperatures.

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