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Climate in Croatia

Some basic information on the climate in Croatia, to determine if you have to take an umbrella with you on holiday or not. The islands and the coastal part of the central and south Adriatic have a predominantly „olive“ climate, but sailors beware – the weather can change rapidly, so following the meteo prognosis is obligatory even if you are sailing out in a dinghy. The peak of summer is, usually, very warm and dry with high UV indexes. Drink plenty of water, wear hats and apply sunscreen to exposed parts of your body. In the higher altitudes of the Dinarid mountain range – Gorskikotar, Lika and the inland of Dalmatia you will experience mountain climate with the basic characteristics of lower temperatures and abundant snowfall (during spring, autumn and winter). Spending their days in the hot coastal region, many tourists decide to take a break from the heat in the nearby mountains where they can find refreshment, even the need for long sleeves. Zagreb, the capital, on the other hand, gets soaked with 40% more rain during the warmer half of the year then during the cooler months. That is mostly due to sudden summer rain showers and long-lasting autumn rains. The winter rains are widely spread over the autumn-winter and spring maximum. Continental parts of Croatia have a moderate climate with a very changeable atmosphere. That means it is possible to get soaking-wet even if you least expect it, so may the force, sorry, umbrella be with you. The photo shows a cumulonimbus over Zagreb on 6th of June 2018. Text by Vladimir Kinđerski, photo by KrešoTreppo, English translation Nike Komnenić

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