Climate in Croatia
Croatia consists of several climatic regions. The inland, i.e. the northeast has a continental climate. Average temperature in the summer is around 23°C, in the winter around 0°C. In the mountains of Central Croatia (the Dinara area) the climate is alpine and therefore quite cool.
The coastal area enjoys a Mediterranean climate: winters are pretty rainy whereas summers are sunny, dry and warm, usually around 24° C. The bathing season starts in May with water temperatures around 20°C. In peak season, the water temperature can rise to approx. 24°C which is ideal for all kinds of water sports.
Croatia’s coast is very popular among sailors. The fresh Maestral is a steady blowing wind which often appears in summer and leads to ideal sailing conditions. The Jugo is a rather warm and humid wind blowing from the south or southeast.
The cold bora wind is less agreeable. It comes down from the mountains towards the coast and usually blows in gusts and particularly in the winter months those gusts can be really icy and reach a very high speed. The area with the strongest bora winds is the Velebit (the northern Adriatic coast) but it can also be felt in Dalmatia. Sailors should be very cautious on bora days!