Learn more about the Croatian Adriatic coast, one of the sunniest of the world. Learn more about its climate and winds.
It is characterized by many long and beautiful sunny days and mild and rainy winters. This data shows us that this part of the world is perfect for nautical tourism. The hottest months are July and August when the air temperature is between 25°C and 38°C and the sea temperatures reach up to 28°C. It should also be noted that May, June and September are ideal to enjoy the summer with family and friends. Rain is very rare in these periods so this period is reasonably considered the high season. With an average from 2400 to 2800 hours of sunshine a year, the Croatian Adriatic coast is one of the sunniest of the world.
The entire eastern part of the Adriatic has local weather variations. The Rose Wind on the Adriatic brings the Jugo wind (southeast wind), the Bura (northeast wind), the Mistral (northeast wind), the Tramontana (north wind) and the Levanat (east wind). Regardless of all the Adriatic winds, special attention should be paid to the Bura and Jugo winds. Our goal is, first of all, to present all the Adriatic winds to you but to also make them recognizable for you.
As a cold wind, the Bura vertically descends slopes of the coastal mountains and moves towards the sea. This creates a cloud of sea dust that reduces visibility. The Bura blows in gusts and therefore can be very difficult and unexpected, so if you not yet encountered the Bura, we advise you to get to the nearest port.
The Jugo is a southeast wind. It blows across the Adriatic when a cyclone develops over the Adriatic area. It brings clouds and rain, and the air pressure drops. It usually develops slowly and can be noticed two to three days in advance. The Jugo usually lasts longer than the Bura. There is the possibility of the so-called dry Jugo, which blows without bringing rain. Unlike the Bura, the Jugo is a constant wind that gradually gains strength.
Maestral is a "benevolent" friendly wind for sailors and those who enjoy the summer season under a breeze. Maestral is a daily wind blowing from the northwest and creates a temperature difference between the land and sea. It is quite common from spring to autumn, and the most common in July and August. It usually starts blowing around 9 or 10 in the morning. It reaches top speed in the afternoon, but begins to fade after sunset.
Tramontana is a classical name for the northern wind. The word comes from Latin vertus transmontanus - wind that blows (comes) across the mountains. This name is widely used throughout the Mediterranean for the north wind. It is a cold wind of moderate strength (sometimes strong gusts of wind) that usually occurs during good weather.
The name comes from Italian levante, and the word has developed from Latin levare - flight, elevate. This is often a moderate (rarely strong) wind and it brings clouds, moisture and precipitation. When it reached a high intensity, it is described by the word LEVANAT.
Oštro is a common name for the south wind. Its name comes from the Latin word austera - south. It is described as a warm and humid wind that usually does not last long, but can blow with great force.
Libeccio is a southwest wind described also as garbin. It is usually a dry and warm wind that rises across the Adriatic after the Jugo when the Mediterranean cyclone comes from the sea and reaches the western and central coast of Croatia. It usually does not last long, but it could result in huge wind drifts with the Bura. It is especially dangerous because of high waves at sea.