It's official: this is the coldest and wettest month in Croatia for decades

It's official: this is the coldest and wettest month in Croatia for decades

Chilly weather, rain and grey skies have characterised this month in Croatia, from the inland capital to the coastline. If you've thought this weather is colder, greyer and wetter than the usual spring showers in May, then you're not alone. Meteorologists have proclaimed this May to be the coldest in the last 30 years - and the third coldest in the last 70. Aside from being the chilliest month on record for three decades, it's also the wettest month since May 1954.

Across the coast, beaches look empty and deckchairs unused as tourists shelter from the hurtling rain. This May, a month normally dominated by sunshine on the coast, has also seen the lowest amount of sunshine hours - 60 percent compared with the month's historical average.

The rainy spell doesn't seem to be going away, either. The outlook for this week is pretty dreary - with the possible exception of a sunny Saturday. The weather forecast suggests clearer skies and warmer temperatures may return towards the end of next week.

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