weather and wind

An ideal vacation needs an ideal weather...

It’s the reason why we always look for any information that might help us whenever we’ve decided to spend our holiday event with our family in a particular country. The activities that a person can do depend on the type of weather the country has, as vacation is more fruitful when done with a great climate. The Republic of Croatia’s climate varies depending on the nearby Adriatic coast and the type of winds it could offer, bringing a fantastic weather to the country of Croatia everyday.

sunset in Hvar

Just like any other European countries, Croatians also experiences four seasons when it comes to its wonderful climate. And although unnoticeable, Croatia’s weather is different between the north and south Adriatic coasts caused by the north Adriatic in times that it almost touches the Alps. As a country near tourist spots like the beach and parks, everyone is benefited when Croatia’s weather is in moderate climate brought by the warmth of the sun. This weather is ideal for those who want to take a dip in the beach or take a picnic at any park and visit national parks.

The summer season in Croatia begins in the month of May and ends on September. With this season at the month of July and August, the demands for beach cottages and hotels are in its peak as Croatia is benefited with 2715 hours of sun each year. Though not frequent during summer, the northeastern wind with Croatian name of “bura”, brings beautiful weather in Croatia whether it’s in coasts or inland. Other winds that contributes to Croatia’s good summer weather is the south-wind called “jugo” or “sirocco” which brings a warm and humid wind, and local winds north-western wind called “maestral” and north-easternly wind called “burin”.

When it comes to the cold weather days of Croatia, winter is never unbearable. The North-eastern wind or “bura” brings an unpleasant weather for those who use smaller boats for any sea activity as its blowing effect could run up to six to fourteen days in the winter. Most inexperienced sailors fear the sudden blow or start of this wind as it could suddenly affect the boat’s navigation. During winter, the estimated temperature of the air is between 5 and 10 degrees and sea ranges from 8 to 13 degrees making cold months of middle of October to November a nice time for tourists to experience Baroque evenings and see some classical and pop concert in the cities of Zagreb and Dubrovnik.

On the contrary, the weather in Croatia during spring in the months of March to April is very pleasant for those who want to spend their time for outdoor activities like sailing, hiking, rock climbing and cycling.

Winds are of great importance and have a large effect on the climate. The strongest winds are in the winter months of the year, especially in the coastal and mountainous regions of Croatia, where they significantly modify the climate.

perfect wind

On the Adriatic coast the most known wind is the Bura. Bura blows from the mainland towards the sea; it is cold, dry and is an extremely strong wind that can last for up to a few days. For strength and speed Bura is considerably more noticeable in Rijeka, Senj, Maslenica, Split, Vrulja and Makarska. Its frequency drops from northern Dalmatian towards southern Dalmatia. Bura usually blows in the winter parts of the year, causing at time dangerous traffic conditions. At times during the summer Bura can be strong, and can cause the rapid spread of forest fires.

Jugo mostly blows as a southeasterly wind. Jugo usually occurs when air masses from northern Africa, cross over to the Mediterranean, bringing with it large amounts of moisture. In Croatia, Jugo arrives as warm and wet air. Oftentimes rains will fall.

During the summer, Maestral blows along the seaboard of Croatia. The wind is of a northwesterly current between the azure maximum and the field of low pressure on the east. Maestral blows at a constant and slow pace, which is very comfortable during the summer as it, alleviates the summer heat on the islands and along the coast.


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