ZAGREB, 21 December 2022 – Today marks the first day of winter as the winter solstice falls on 21 December. It is also the shortest day of the year.
Whilst winter has started, it seems almost certain that there will be no White Christmas in Croatia again this year. According to the State Met Office, highs of between 5-15 °C, with some rain, is expected across the country over the next seven days with no sign at all of snow on the forecast.
On Christmas Eve, the capital Zagreb will see highs of around 10 °C with showers. On the coast in Split and Dubrovnik it will be dry with highs of 14-15 °C.
According to meteorologists’ predictions, the chance of snow falling in Croatia for Christmas is not good.
On Christmas Day, Zagreb is expected to see a day-time high of 10 °C, whilst in Split and Dubrovnik it will be considerably warmer with highs of around 16 °C with sunshine.
The best chance of snow in Croatia on Christmas Day is usually in Lika and Gorski Kotar, but this year not even there does it look likely it will be a White Christmas with highs of around 10 °C with showers forecast for the 25th of December.
In Slavonia in the east there does not look like there will be snow either. Temperatures for most of the area will mirror those in Zagreb over the Christmas period. In Osijek on Christmas Day there will be a high of 12 °C with some sunshine.
To be declared a ‘White Christmas’ in America, there must be 1 inch or 2 and a half inches of snow cover on the ground at 7 a.m. on Christmas morning. In fact, snow doesn’t even have to fall on Christmas Day itself.
According to that criterion, the last White Christmas in Croatia was thirteen years ago in 2007 when Zagreb was adorned with a white blanket of 11 centimetres of thick snow on Christmas morning.
Karlovac had the same morning snow cover, thanks to snow showers on Christmas Eve. There was more snow in Gorski Kotar, a little less in Slavonia, and the least in Lika.