Croatia has been an extremely popular holiday destination for years. And it is not surprising – guaranteed warm and sunny weather, warm blue sea and friendly hosts attract crowds of tourists every year.
One of the main factors that lures tourists in is definitely prevailing, beautiful long-term weather and warm water in the Adriatic. The weather is truly delightful!
Temperature and weather in Croatia
Croatia is a country that certainly cannot complain about the number of sunlight hours, because on average in the summer months there are about 11 hours in one day.
However, the climate here is not homogenous, as if it might seem. On the coast and on the islands, where the tourists usually go to rest, Mediterranean climate dominates, which means hot summer and mild winters. Further into the interior of the continent there is a temperate climate, similar to the one we know from Central Europe or British Islands. In summer, temperatures are a bit lower here compared to those from the coast, and rain may appear more often. On the other hand, the typical mountain climate dominates in the Dinaric mountains. In summer, despite the relatively warm weather, it can often rain, and in winter the temperatures drop below zero and you can expect snow.
When to go to Croatia for a vacation?
The best holiday period on the Croatian coast is from June to September. Enthusiasts start visiting Croatia in May when the weather begins to truly feel like summer, temperatures reach over 25 degrees, and the water in the sea is warm, up to over 20 degrees Celsius in the middle of the holidays.
Nights are warm and the chance of rainfall is low.
However, for tourists focused mainly on sightseeing, a better period for a trip will be the month of May or the middle of September or even the beginning of October. Then the air temperatures are still quite pleasant and bearable, and still long daylight hours allow you to see all the attractions without rush.
Let’s see the weather forecast and water temperatures in Croatia in the summer:
Weather in Croatia in June
This is a particularly good period for holidays in Croatia for families with children. The temperatures are not yet unbearably hot, but the sea is warm enough for children to enjoy carefree baths. Air temperatures reach 27 degrees in the vicinity of Dubrovnik, a bit lower in Dalmatia and on the Makarska Riviera, 24 degrees in Istria and 25 degrees on the island of Krk.
The water in the sea is already well warmed up and is 21 degrees in the vicinity of Dubrovnik and 20 degrees in other tourist regions, including islands. You can go swimming safely.
Water temperature and weather in July
In July in Croatia the summer is already in full swing and it can be really hot. Temperatures during the day reach 28 degrees on the island of Krk, 29 degrees near Dubrovnik and 30 – 31 degrees on Istria, Dalmatia and on the Makarska Riviera. At night, they only drop to 19-21 degrees, so it’s still warm.
The temperature of the water in the Adriatic is like a dream and reaches even 24 degrees in the vicinity of Dubrovnik, 23 degrees in Istria and the island of Krk and 22 degrees on the Makarska Riviera and in Dalmatia.
During these hot days remember to take with you the right cosmetics for sunbathing!
Weather in August and water temperature
It is still very warm and the sun shines for 11 hours a day. The air temperatures reach 27 degrees on the island of Krk, 28 degrees on Istria, 29 degrees near Dubrovnik and 30 on Dalmatia and on the Makarska Riviera.
The Adriatic is really well warmed up and its temperature reaches even 26 degrees in the vicinity of Dubrovnik and 23 degrees in other places.
And what is the matter at the end of the holiday:
Long-term weather in Croatia in September
September is the time when heat waves leave the Croatian coast. It is still warm, of course, because the temperatures reach up to 23 degrees on the island of Krk and Istria, 24 degrees in the vicinity of Dubrovnik and 25 degrees in Dalmatia and on the Makarska Riviera. The number of hours of sunshine during the day drops to 8-9, and at night it is definitely cooler, from 14 to 17 degrees. At the end of September, however, rain and thunderstorms must be expected.
There are also fewer tourists, but on the rocky and sandy beaches of Croatia less is being done. The water in the sea is still encouraging to swim, and in Dalmatia and the Makarska Riviera it is 21 degrees, on the island of Krk and in Istria 22 degrees, and in the vicinity of Dubrovnik 23 degrees.
As you can see, the temperature in Croatia in summer is very attractive, especially since it is practically guaranteed.
Where to check the weather in Croatia?
If you want to know the exact, current and long-term weather in Croatia, take a look here to find more details directly on the official website of Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service. On this page, you can see the weather forecast for the whole of Croatia, including information about rainfall, humidity and water temperature in the Adriatic Sea.
Have a nice holiday and enjoy beautiful weather!
Current map of Croatia
In order to locate the places you want to go on holiday to Croatia, our tourist portal has prepared for you a current map of Croatia, where you will find islands, bays, lakes and all the towns that we mentioned in our article, as well as the temperature of water and air in this country: