O Dugom Ratu..


Dugi Rat region enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with mild and rainy winters and warm and dry summers with a large number of sunny hours annually.

This region boasts very clear skies. There is an average of 2700 hours of sunshine, i.e. a daily average of 7,3 hrs.In the summer, it rises even to an average of 11,3 hours, 7,4 hours in the spring, 6,3 hours in the autumn, and 4,2 hours in the winter.

This high rate of sunny weather has an influence on the relatively high yearly and daily temperature of the air. The mean air temperature is 16,0oC. January is in average the coldest (7,7oC), and July is the warmest (25,6oC ) month of the year. That is why the coastal part of Central Dalmatia is one of the sunniest regions of the central part of the northern Mediterranean.

This favourable climate and the flow of warm sea currents have an influence on the high temperature of the sea, with a summer average of 22,6o C, that is, an average yearly approximate of 17,5oC.

The local and periodical (seasonal) winds also help to maintain a favourable climate. Among them, the most distinct are the local winds "jugo" (south-east wind) and the "bura" (north-east wind), which show up during the entire year, but especially well marked during the winter, when their bioclimatic activity is at it's peak. In the early spring and summer, the most characteristic wind is the Maestral which has important thermoregulation activity, because as it is a sea wind, it brings a favourable coolness.The Maestral is replaced by the night breeze from the north (burin), which cools the overheated dry land.

Rainfall on the this area also has Mediterranean characteristics. It amounts to only 809 mm yearly, but it is favourably dispersed, so that the spring and especially the summer is mostly dry, while moderate rains fall in autumn and winter season. Snow is an exceptionally rare phenomenon.