July 5, 1950 – Hottest Day in Zagreb’s History

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Today marks the 67th anniversary of the hottest day in Zagreb’s history, when the thermometer at Grič weather station showed 40.3˚C

We’ve been lucky with the weather for the past few days – 27 degrees is pretty mild for July, but citizens of Zagreb weren’t nearly as lucky in 1950 when the thermometer climbed to 40.3 degrees Celsius.

The situation was similar in the rest of the country as well, while the thermometer in Mostar, in the neighbouring Bosnia in Herzegovina, climbed to an astonishing 46.2 degrees.


The situation started escalating on July 1, when the thermometer at the Grič weather station showed 38 degrees, which was the highest recorded temperature since 1861 when the measuring had started.

On the fifth day of the heat wave agony, the thermometer showed 40.3 and even the Sava, where the citizens flocked to in order to escape the heat, had partly dried up. People stayed indoors until sundown and the situation wasn’t better at the outskirts either – Botinec was burning up at 41 degrees Celsius.

The temperature climbed above 40 degrees at Đakovo, Osijek, Slavonski Brod and Daruvar, as well as parts of Inland Dalmatia, while the thermometer of Karlovac showed 41, which was the highest recorded temperature in Croatia until Ploče’s 42.8 beat the record in 1981.

Watch HRT’s video below:



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