If you view Slovenia on a world map, you may notice that it bears considerable resemblance to a chicken, which has resulted in us locals referring to our country as ‘our chicken’. If the similarity in shape isn’t immediately obvious, imagine the country’s north-eastern region as its head, the southern region as its fat little legs and the western region as its ruffled rear end. And like the anatomy of a chicken, Slovenia is a country of diversity, both in a cultural and topographical sense. On this page we are concerned with the latter, as it directly relates to the country’s differing weather patterns.
Below is a five day forecast (use the drop down menu for specific areas) and below that is a detailed rundown of all things weather in Slovenia.
Slovenia is well-known for the diversity of weather on its four distinct topographical surfaces. The Alpine region spreading across the north-western part of the country has typical mountain weather as well as a strong Mediterranean influence. The main characteristics of the Alps are the abundant precipitation above the tree line and varied temperatures, which in the valleys range from moderate in summer to cold in winter.
Rok Kovacic – Local Expert: "The snowy winter in Slovenia is magical. Each year Slovenia gets covered by snow and this is just perfect for skiing and romantic evening walks. The temperatures can sometimes reach even – 25°C, however usually it won't be that cold."
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A popular destination for tourists is the Primorska region in the south west - the coastline together with Goriška Brda and the Soca Valley. The region has a typically Mediterranean climate with warm, sunny weather throughout the year, and mostly mild winters.
Ivana Cosic – Local Expert: "The sun will shine brightly during the whole summer and it will heat the atmosphere even up to 38°C (normally it's around 30°C)."
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The whole eastern part of Slovenia has a typical continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. The area is well known for its gentle hills full of vineyards, spas and endless fields.
Lena Koter – Local Expert: "The spring is very lovely with all the flowers and trees blooming. The temperatures at this time of the year are pleasant, reaching 20°C and more. Late spring with first days of summer can be rainy so you won’t be surprised."
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The Karst region is located on the south of the country and presents a unique landscape hardly found elsewhere in the world. Numerous Karst caves have occurred due to the distinctive soil and weather conditions – a mix of Continental and Mediterranean weather accompanied with Burja (a cold and dry north-eastern wind) makes the land perfect for drying famous Karst prosciutto.
Ivo Kovacic – Local Expert: "The picturesque autumn will be a bit more rainy but still convenient for holidays for those who don't like too high temperatures."
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Slovenia - When to go and what to wear - Each of the distinctive seasons has its own unique characteristics you really shouldn’t miss.
Spring in Slovenia - Spring is the month you want to be out on the lowlands and flower covered valleys. Like nature, people are also waking up and wondering around – sport, culture and other events are already in a full swing. The season is great to experience the beauty of nature as well as socking up the modern city attractions and relaxation in spas. WHAT TO WEAR: Bring both light and warm clothes as the temperature can still fall close to 0 degrees Celsius during the night but can be more than 20 degrees Celsius through the day.
Summer in Slovenia - Summer is definitely the busiest period for tourism in Slovenia. Due to its diverse landscape Slovenia attracts many hikers and campers so it can be hard to find available places on the coast, upper Primorska and Ljubljana without prior booking. Also all spas throughout the country are in high demand at this time. WHAT TO WEAR: Bring summer cloths as it will be warm! There could be some rain but the temperatures will still be high. Don’t forget your swimsuits as you will be tempted by the crystal clear rivers, lakes and sea!
Autumn in Slovenia - September is more tranquil as most people go back to work but it still can be excellent for all summer activities as well as having the added benefits of shoulder season tariffs and fresh local fruit and vegetables. The season lasts until the mid of October when most of the camp sites close down. All indoor activities such as Casinos, Clubs and Spas together with Shopping get more attention. Don’t forget that autumn is the season of grape harvesting en event you shouldn’t miss! WHAT TO WEAR: September is usually dry while October and November can be rainy. Take both light and warm clothes and don’t forget an umbrella!
Winter in Slovenia - Winter months are idyllic for all types of snow lovers. Enjoying outdoor activities during the day and sipping hot drinks in front of fireplaces can be unforgettable. The choice of modern and traditional cosy ski and spa options is abundant. This period is also the time of events and great traditional culinary specialities. Winter has been mild up to January in the last few years but then temperatures have dropped. In some locations it has occasionally gone down to – 25 degree Celsius, but around zero is more normal. WHAT TO WEAR: Be sure to bring thick cloths with long sleeves. Don’t forget your swimsuits either because you will want to enjoy those idyllic outdoor snowy landscape from the luxury of a pool or whirlpool.
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