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Climate and Weather of Croatia

Croatia, situated in the Balkans on the eastern side of the Adriatic Sea and to the east of Italy, offers a diverse climate influenced by its proximity to the Adriatic Sea. This results in varying weather conditions across different regions within the country. Broadly speaking, numerous cities in Croatia, such as the coastal city of Dubrovnik, experience pleasant weather throughout the year. This is thanks to its Mediterranean climate, which is characterized by warm summers and mild winters.

Precipitation in Croatia is distributed throughout the year, its quantity largely dependent on both location and season. For instance, the bulk of rain and snow typically occurs in the autumn and winter months. While the country's eastern point is the driest region, the northern portion of the Dinaric Alps stands out as one of the wettest regions in Europe.

A less-known fact about Croatia is its winter appeal, particularly for skiing, primarily in the Medvednica mountains. With slopes situated at altitudes ranging from 800 to 1,300 meters (2624 - 4265 ft) above sea level, Croatia might not be as snow-sure as destinations like Austria, France, or Italy. Nevertheless, the most optimal snow conditions, and therefore the best time for a ski holiday in Croatia, are typically found in January and February.

For those seeking a beach holiday, the period from May to September serves as the best time to visit Croatia. With average maximum temperatures hovering between 27°C and 30°C, the weather is very pleasant. The summer months tend to be somewhat wetter inland and on the northern coasts, while the central and southern coastal areas generally experience a drier summer.

For city trips to Dubrovnik, Split, or Zagreb, the months of April, May, June, September, and October are recommended. While July and August promise warmth, they can also be excessively hot and crowded.

Are you interested in more detailed information for various cities in Croatia?
Please select the city you plan to visit, or one closest to your destination. For each selected city, you will see the following graphs:
1. Yearly average minimum and maximum temperatures
2. Monthly averages of precipitation throughout the year (rainfall, snow etc)
3. Monthly average hours of sunshine throughout the year

Additionally, some pages provide historical weather data such as humidity, wind speed, and water temperature.

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