Dubrovnik’s warm Mediterranean climate and sunny weather are among the many charms that make the famous old walled city one of the top tourist destinations on the Adriatic coast. The city has a borderline humid subtropical and Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild, humid winters. What sets Dubrovnik weather apart from other Mediterranean locations are the strong winds and occasional thunderstorms, which sometimes disrupt even the hottest days of summer.
Dubrovnik weather averages
The Dubrovnik Riviera gets about seven months of steady sunshine per year – from April to October – and an average of 110 rainy days. The warm weather starts luring tourists in April, when temperatures reach more than 20°C, and the summer season peaks during the months of June, July and August, when temperatures often exceed 30°C. The sunny season can last well into early autumn, making September and October an excellent time to explore the city while avoiding the scorching heat of summer.
The sunniest month in Dubrovnik is August with 13 hours of sunshine per day, while the rainiest one is November, with 198 mm of rain on average. July is the hottest month of the year with an average temperature of 22°C and January is the coldest, with temperatures dropping to 4°C on average.
The best time of year to go for a swim is in August, when the average sea temperature rises to 25°C. Daytime maximum temperatures in Dubrovnik typically reach 28°C in July and August and drop to about 23°C at night. The average sea temperature from May to September ranges from 17.9°C to 25.8°C.
Spring and autumn have a more temperate weather, with maximum temperatures generally in the range from 20°C to 28°C.
Best time to visit Dubrovnik
Tourists going to Dubrovnik primarily to swim, sunbathe, dive and enjoy other beach activities will have an excellent holiday from June to September, when temperatures are generally over 25°C during the day and drop a few degrees in the evening, inviting visitors to enjoy the view of the city from any of the restaurants and bars along the sea front.
With the number of visitors growing steadily from year to year, many travellers choose to visit Dubrovnik in spring and autumn, when the city’s streets are less crowded. Easter breaks in particular have become very popular with tourists from all over Europe.
Dubrovnik has reasonably warm winters compared with other cities in the region, but while the winter months are the best time of year to avoid large crowds, the weather can get quite unpredictable, so travellers may want to prepare for cold winds, frequent showers and occasional thunderstorms, especially in the spring and autumn. For those looking to avoid the rain altogether, July is the safest bet as it is the driest month of the year.
Looking to experience the Mediterranean climate and the sunny Dubrovnik beaches for yourself this season? Book your stay at a Dubrovnik villa located not far from the old city, in the old fishing town of Mlini. Villa Jelić offers accommodation in four exclusive suites and two rooms overlooking the Dubrovnik Riviera and the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic. In addition to indoor and outdoor pools, the villa has a special outdoor pool and playground for children, making it an ideal place for a family holiday.