The Weather and Climate in Slovenia
Slovenia enjoys a variety of terrains, ranging from the sunny beaches, to the Alps in Northern Slovenia thus dividing the country into three major climatic zones: the Northeast, with it’s Continental climate, distinguished by cool weather and little rainfall; the mountain regions with brutal, cold, Alpine weather; and Slovenia’s coastline, which enjoys a Mediterranean climate, characterized by cools summers and moist winters. Probably the greatest influence in the Slovenian climates is the Mediterranean Sea.
July is usually the hottest month in Slovenia, with sunshine averaging at least ten hours a day. Summers in the country are generally hot with daytime temperatures reaching 20˚C -25°C; though it is often interrupted by thunderstorms. However, it can be observed that rainfall is stronger during springtime than summer. January may be the coldest time in Slovenia, enjoying almost only four hours of sunshine. Temperatures are often around 0˚C, though sometimes, especially in the mountainous regions, winter can bitter, and the terrain endures the violent “bora” winds coming from Eastern Europe. On heavy days, snowfall may extend up to 120 days.
The best climate in the country is usually between May- September, characterized by warm days and cool nights.
Summer is the best time to visit many outdoor sights in Slovenia. Around this time, the region of Kras is most popular with the tourists, because of the famous limestone caves. The Skocjan Caves made it to the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Skiing, the country’s national sport is also a popular summer activity in the mountain regions of Slovenia.