Location and climate

Location

karta zupanijeThe city of Ivanec occupies the area of 9581 ha, and it is located in the western part of Varaždin district occupying the south part of the microregion named Upper region of the river Bednja. It occupies the north slopes of the middle part of Ivančica, the belonging littoral and a part of the valley of river Bednja.

Central part of Ivančica massif is made of triasic dolomites and lime stones with tertiar sediments in the bottom/base. The north slopes of Ivančica are particularly sharp. Bistrica stream has particularly hilly characteristics in it's upper course.

The lowest part of this area is occupied by meadows, and slightly slant bottoms of hills – plough-fields. The higher areas are occupied by gardens, orchards and vineyards. The area above 400 meters is covered by forest, the lower parts with pubescent oak and hornbeam, and higher parts are covered by beech.

The area of the city of Ivanec is located inbetween 2 strong European highway routes Zagreb – Varaždin – Budimpešta and Zagreb – Krapina – Maribor – Graz. These two routes are via Ivanec connected to the (main) highway route Varaždin – Ivanec – Sv. Križ Začretje.

Climate

panorama ivancaThe main climate factors which determine climate of Ivanec are geographic latitude and it’s inland position. From local factors there should be mentioned it’s relief, particularly Ivančica, the highest mountain in Croatia north of Sava.

According to climate classification of W. Köppena, climate of Ivanec belongs to so called moderately warm, rainy climates. In such a climate in the cold part of the year there are snow and frost, but the warm periods are also noticed, so the longstanding snow covering is not a common phenomenon. The summer is warm, but not too hot.

Precipitations are quite uniformly distributed over the year, thus there isn't any exceptionally dry period. Maximum amount of monthly precipitations in spring or early summer is adjoined to the maximum in the late autumn- that might even excel the first. Such a climate type is called the climate of beech, by the prevailing forest vegetation, and is very important for farming, because it is suitable for corn cultivation.

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