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The location of the Cres-Lošinj group of islands in the Kvarner Bay and the elongation of the insular space in the north-south direction is reflected in the microclimatic differences between its northern and southern parts and particularly evident in the winter months.

The northern and eastern coasts of the islands are exposed to strong gusts of bora, and in winter the northern part of the island of Cres regularly gets white by the snow. The southern part of the island group including the island of Lošinj, in contrast, is sheltered from bora and more exposed to the beneficial effects of the sea. The western coasts of the islands are exposed to more humid southern wind, and a refreshing mistral.

On the island of Lošinj, therefore, typically Mediterranean climate prevails, which is displayed in the appearance and composition of vegetation, while the elevated parts of the island of Cres are dominated by sub-Mediterranean climatic conditions with appropriate vegetation.

The Mediterranean climate is characterized by mild winters and pleasant summers. The island of Lošinj is located far enough from shore so the sea has the dominant influence. The sea does not warm up as fast as the coast, but it loses heat much more slowly, and in winter the sea acts as a kind of a heat reservoir that warms the air. The consequences are milder and warmer winters compared to the northern part of the archipelago and the mainland part of the Littoral.

Comparison of the average monthly temperatures shows that throughout the winter half of a year Mali Lošinj has significantly higher temperatures than Cres. However, in the first part of the summer half of a year Cres is warmer than Mali Lošinj.

The pronounced maritime is also reflected in alleviation of the oppressive summer heat, and Mali Lošinj has considerably fewer days with maximum temperature above 25° C. Based on the temperature characteristics and microclimate Mali Lošinj is similar to the places on the Cote d'Azur (Cannes, Nice), and in comparison with San Remo, Corfu, Palermo it has a 1 to 2° C higher average temperatures.

Air temperatures throughout fall, winter and the first part of the spring are lower than those of the sea. The cooling effect of the sea happens when it should, in the warmer part of the year. If we take the sea temperature of 20° C as pleasant for swimming, in Mali Lošinj swimming season may last for 126 days from early June until the middle of October.

Insolation is one of the most important determinants of the Lošinj climate. The average number of sunny hours per year is 2580. By the number of sunny days Mali Lošinj is compared with cities in North Africa and the southern Adriatic. The element of insolation is very important for tourists and a key factor in the selection of holiday destination any time of the season.



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