Being situated in the very heart of the Adriatic coast, Zadar area is blessed with the typically Mediterranean climate. Its characteristically warm and dry, long lasting summers; mild and moist winters with a lot of sunny weather line up Zadar among the most desirable summer tourist destinations in Croatia.
Thanks to pleasant weather conditions throughout the year, Zadar can be fun at any season. But due to immediate proximity to the crystal clear and pleasantly warm, but still refreshing blue sea, it is definitely best to visit Zadar in the summertime. That way you can enjoy and admire its beauty in full, exploiting the potentials of the tourist season to the maximum.
Summer begins early in Zadar, where warm and dry weather opens the bathing season already during the early May. Air temperatures in the summer period rarely drop below the average of 25°C; often reaching much higher values in July, the warmest month of the year. Sea temperatures range between 21 and 25°C depending on the month, ensuring the bathing season to be open until October.
Winters in Zadar are short lasting, mild and rainy. The air temperature rarely drops below zero, remaining around the average of 3°C in the coldest month, January. Typical Adriatic winds, bura and jugo, exchange periodically. Bura blows from the northern European mountain peaks bringing colder, but sunny weather; while jugo blows from the south accompanied by the rain. But, generally looking, Zadar is among regions with the least precipitation in Croatia (between 800 and 900 mm a year). Summer days can therefore be very dry and hot. It is important to keep away from the direct sun in that period and follow the provided instructions on when to avoid sunbathing.
Mild Mediterranean climate with warm summers and a lot of sunny days (over 200 a year), ensures the richness of the typical Mediterranean vegetation with a few subtropical exotic plants found in the area. This weather conditions are perfect for agriculture, making the fertile Zadar hinterland one of the most prosperous agricultural areas in Croatia.