Climate

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The Triglav National Park has an Alpine climate, with cold winters and short summers.

Air temperature decreases with increasing altitude. Location exposure is another major climate factor. The main difference in climatic conditions appears between the valleys on the Park’s western side, which opens towards the Mediterranean and therefore has a milder climate, and the valleys in the north-east, which are affected by the harsher continental climate. This difference is greatest in the cold part of the year.

Temperature extremes

The highest mean annual temperatures are in July and the lowest in January; only at elevations between 2000 and 2200m and higher air temperatures are highest in August and lowest in February. The average July temperatures range from 20 °C (Tolmin) to 5.8 °C (Kredarica). The coldest month temperatures fall between 0.6 °C (Tolmin) in January and -8.7 °C in February (Kredarica).

The all-time lowest temperature of -49 °C was measured at the bottom of the frost hollow on Lepa Komna in 2009.

The diverse relief contains a high number of wind-protected valleys and basins, which provide ideal conditions for the creation of temperature inversion and cold air lakes in the cold part of the year. Bowl-shaped basins that prevent cold air from escaping are often obstructed by fog and low cloudiness, which considerably reduce the length of sun radiation.

Rich in precipitation

The national park abounds in precipitation. The annual precipitation average rises with altitude and exceeds a copious 1500 mm. In the majority of the area, precipitation figures exceed 2000 mm and reach the highest value measured at 2934mm (Dom na Komni).

On the average, precipitation occurs 134 (Tolmin) to 175 (Kredarica) days of the year (minimum amount of precipitation 0.1 mm). With the exception of Kredarica, the highest number of precipitation days is in autumn (September, October, November) and the lowest number of precipitation days is recorded in winter months (December, January, February), while in summer (June, July, August) the number of precipitation days is higher than in spring (March, April; May) in all Park’s area except in Bovec and Dom na Kredarici. It is not uncommon for the daily precipitation to push over 100 mm; the highest daily precipitation quantity was measured in Bovec (363mm).

Snow cover

Snow depends on temperature conditions. The lowest number of days per year with snow cover is recorded in the Soča Valley, where weak impact of the sea is still felt (Tolmin with 20 days and Bovec with 65 snow days).

The number of snow days is considerably higher in the Sava part of the Park (Rateče 132 days and Stara Fužina 110 days). Dom na Komni records 190 days of snow cover, and on Kredarica the number rises to 265. The highest thickness of snow cover was measured on Kredarica, at 690m.