The Adriatic is one of the finest sailing areas for charter crews. In the usual sailing months there are moderate winds, the air temperatures are pleasant and the water is just right for bathing. On top of all that the Croatian coast presents a beautiful landscape!

Climate in Croatia

Climate in Croatia

What weather should be like!

The best Croatian weather

The Bora

The Bora - intense but rare

Weather

The norm: fine weather in Croatia!

Sibenik in winter

Only in winter: Sibenik in the rain

Climate, wind and weather on the Croatian coast

Croatia has a truly Mediterrranean climate, dry and warm in summer with some cold damp weather in winter. The Croatian coast is in fact one of the sunniest sailing areas in Europe. It often has more than 2,500 hours of sun per year, and the water is a perfect bathing temperature from May till October.

Long-term average temperatures:

Month Air Water
April 21 17
May 23 20
June 29 23
July 29 24
August 29 24
September 25 23
October 22 21

April to October inclusive are definitely good for sailing in the Adriatic. Even at the end of October it is mostly very agreeable and the water is still warm.

The winds vary in the usual way, normally gentle in summer, while in spring and autumn they can blow harder.

You should of course choose your anchorage according to the wind that is blowing. The common winds have their familiar names:

The Maestrale (or Maistral)

This should not be confused with the Mistral of the French Rhone valley, which is a rather tricky customer!

It is the normal prevailing fine weather wind, and will usually be your friend when you sail the Croatian coast. It picks up late in the morning and continues through to the evening with wind strengths up to 4 on the Beaufort scale. A deep blue sky with hardly a cloud - what more could a sailor's heart wish? The Maestrale is a thermal wind arising because the air heats up more rapidly over the land than above the sea. This means that the air above the land rises, pulling the lower atmospheric layers from the sea towards the land, while there is a return flow towards the sea in the upper regions. This sets up a positive wind dynamic for sailors, which operates from about 10:00 till 18:00.

The opposite effect can often be observed in a weaker form at night - the Burin, a night land wind arising because the land mass cools down quicker than the sea.

The Jugo 

Bad weather is due when this wind blows in from the south-east. A sultry atmosphere turns to rain and the wind can peak at Beaufort scale 7. This lasts one or two days, then the Croatian Jugo is over. However, in spring and autumn it may sometimes blow stronger and longer.

The Bora

This wind is dangerous, but thankfully it is rare. It blows up from the north-east out of a proverbial clear sky, and can reach Beaufort scale 9 in gusts on land. The cause is a large pressure difference between the water and the mountains. It lasts one day at most, then the Bora is gone and the wind moderates once again.

Weather statistics for Croatia

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daytime temperature 11 12 14 17 22 25 28 28 26 21 17 13
Night temperature 5 6 8 11 15 18 21 22 18 14 10 7
Hours of sun per day 4 5 7 7 9 10 11 11 9 7 5 3
Days of rain 11 10 9 7 7 4 3 3 6 9 11 13
Water temperature 13 13 14 15 18 22 23 24 22 21 18 15
Days of Bora per month 8 6 4 2 1 0 1 0 2 3 5 6

 

Sources of weather information when chartering in Croatia

The following websites give very good Information:

http://www.prognoza.hr/jadran_n.html

http://meteo.hr/index_en.php

http://prognoza.hr/nauticari_e.php?id=nauticari

 

JanFebMrzAprMaiJunJulAugSepOktNovDez
Temperatur Tag111214172225282826211713
Temperatur Nacht56811151821221814107
Sonnenstunden p. Tag457791011119753
Regentage1110977433691113
Wassertemperatur131314151822232422211815
Bora-Tage im Monat864210102356

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