What weather do you want on your vacation?
Is water temperature the most important thing or do you want to enjoy warm evenings and dinner on the dock? Croatia offers a long and wonderful summer and below you can see what to expect from the weather.
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What is the forcast?
Here you will find forcasts for the entire Croatian coast; everything from winds, water level, cloudiness, precipitation and warnings etc..
Two different klimat zones
In Croatia there are two different climate zones. One on the coast and one inland. Along the Croatian coast, the typical Mediterranean climate prevails with clear, warm summers and mild, humid winters. The number of sun hours is estimated at 2,700 / year, which is the highest in Europe.The Adriatic Sea is ranked as one of the world's hottest seas, with an average temperature between 24-26 degrees in the summer. Precipitation on the coast occurs during the period October-March, but of course there can also be a cooling shower during the summer. From April to October, you can usually enjoy eight to twelve hours of sunshine daily and during the summer months (June-August) it is not uncommon for the temperature to rise to 35 degrees. The sailing season is from April to October / November.
The pleasant weather is characterized during the summer months to 75-80% of "Maestralen". A light sea breeze from NV-SV with wind forces from the morning breeze 4-5 m / sec culminated in 8-9 m / sec to slow down until the afternoon. The "Maestrale" can sometimes be preceded by the "Levanaten", a coastal wind from 0 with winds up to 10 m / sec, or more friendly "Juzin" a SO coastal wind. Towards the evening, "Burin" is followed by "Maestralen". "Burin" is a light breeze from NO. Summer sailing, especially in the middle parts of the Adriatic, is characterized by light, moderate and often changing winds between 4-10 m / sec and can be compared wind-summer with summer sailing in the Baltic Sea. During the autumn the winds are sometimes very weak and come up quite late. The winter season's weather is characterized by "Bura" and "Jugo".
"Bura" is a dry cold land wind from NO, mountains and alp regions. This wind is the strongest, most unpredictable and most sudden recurring with strong villages and wind forces between gale and storm. In the northern part of the Dalmatian coast, "Buran" attains storm strength through the funnel effect the sound creates between the islands. It can, in the northern part, blow so the water really flows. During the summer months, Buran is considerably weaker and rarely creates problems for sailors.
"Tramontana" is another wind with the "Buran" character. It is cool and comes from N. Common to both of these winds, "Buran" and "Tramontana" is that they rarely last longer than 2-3 days to leave the sun and fine weather behind.
"Jugo" is a warm and humid coastal / sea wind from OSO-SSO that develops over a period of 36-48 hours. and blows along the entire coast with wind forces between 10-15 m / sec. It may occur locally, but relatively rarely. During the period March-June with wind forces between 8-13 m / sec.
"Nevera" is the name of a wind emerging in the Podalen with a strength of 6-8 m / sec, which can sometimes develop into a thermal storm with wind forces in the villages up to 30 m / sec for 10-30 min. Then it goes: down with the sails and running with the engine to watch out if you are at sea. Thunderstorms and lightnings are reliable signs of an approaching "Nevera". Likewise, the barometer provides a good warning by sinking like a rock. But this wind does not come often and rarely cause problems. And if it comes, it will be most during autumn and winter. And it only lasts a short while.
Normally the weather information foresees and warns via the VHF and the maritime weather reports. It is interesting to learn these winds to the names as they are well-known concepts and topics of conversation among the coastal population. If you want to get acquainted with the winds in some place but cannot communicate, the names of the winds as well as the main shakes of the interviewee may be so indicative. The wave height is normal or to 80% about 1 m. More rarely is the sea upset. But persistent "Jugo" gets the wave height to 2.5 - 3.5 m. Other winds that blow hard, e.g. "Buran" creates only short but crab lake. Finally, however, it should be emphasized that the Adriatic is considered one of the world's quieter seas surrounded by Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro.