Climate and Weather Forecast
Owing to the combination of the Mediterranean and mild Continental climates, the region of north-western Istria is a pleasant place to stay throughout the year - check the average yearly daytime temperatures and the current forecast for the weather in Umag and the weather in Novigrad which can be found in tables below.
Warm and dry summers are characterized by many hours of sunshine, while mild and rainy winters are significantly milder than those in continental Europe. Since the summer heat is pleasant even to the elderly due to the occasional inflow of the fresh air from the Alps, it would not be an exaggeration to say that the region of northwestern Istria, comprising of towns of Umag, Novigrad, Buje and Brtonigla have one of the most beneficial climates even at the global level.
Weather forecast for Umag for the next six days
Weather forecast for Novigrad for the next six days
Climate of the Northwest Istria
Yearly average daytime air temperatures
Although the thermometer has been known to show over 35°C in July and August, very hot periods in north-western Istria are relatively short, with night regularly bringing refreshing lower temperatures. Air temperatures in Umag, Novigrad and their hinterland are between 18-29°C in the hottest month, July, and vary between 2-6°C in January, the coldest month of the year.
Below is the chart of the average daytime temperatures for Umag and Novigrad.
Umag and Novigrad Sea Temperature
The clean sea by the coast of Umag and Novigrad is very suitable for swimming – the swimming season begins in May, frequently lasting until October. Between June and September, the sea heats up to the very pleasant 23-27°C, with salinity between 36-38 per mils. Some of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia are located in north-western Istria, many marked with the Blue flag, a prestigious recognition of ecological balance..
Winds of Northwestern Istria
While the mild breeze Maestral brings freshness to hot summer days, other winds typical of this climate do not blow during summer. The northerly wind Bura is a strong and cold winter wind; it blows from the continent towards the sea and many look forward to it because it dispels the clouds and brings clear skies. Weaker and warmer southerly wind Jugo brings clouds and rain, blowing from the sea towards the continent.
Precipitation and rainfall
North-western Istria in the area of Umag, Novigrad, Brtonigla and Buje has relatively little precipitation, only700-1000 mm during the year. Summers are mostly dry, while winters bring more rainy days. The precipitation is more plentiful in the hinterland and the hilly parts and scant in the coastal western belt. Snow falls rarely and melts rapidly in north-western Istria.
The best time to visit north-western Istria is the period between April and October, although this Adriatic region can be pleasantly travelled through in any season. Favourable climate is certainly one of the precious advantages of Umag, Novigrad, Buje and Brtonigla, Istrian towns in which many have found ideal conditions for a quality holidays.