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Potami, Samos, North Eastern Aegean Islands, Greece. Author Pe-sa. No Copyright
Potami, Samos, North Eastern Aegean Islands, Greece. Author Pe-sa

Greece climate: when to go to Greece

Greece is located in the eastern Mediterranean, and thanks to its location has the classic Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot and very dry summers and mild, rainy winters. Summer temperatures are mitigated by the constant blowing of the “metelmi” the wind of the Greek islands, blowing particularly intense in the Cyclades archipelago.

Along the coast and in the islands the winter is very mild, while in the interior and mountainous areas is cold, the rains are concentrated in winter and autumn, while summer is very hot and dry with temperatures often exceed 30°C.

The warmest period occurs during the last days of July and early August when the average maximum temperature varies from 29°C to 35°C. The maximum temperatures are mitigated by refreshing sea breeze along the coastal areas and from the north winds that blow mainly in the Aegean.

Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounion, Greece Central, Greece. Author Belyshev. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounion, Greece Central, Greece. Author Belyshev

The rains fall across the country mainly in the winter months between October and February. Their amount is rather low in the islands of small size, especially in the Cyclades archipelago, in which it sometimes does not exceed 400 mm per year, while in the other archipelagoes have medium varying between 500 mm and 800 mm, but in the western mountains of Crete may exceed 1200 mm per year.

In the east of mainland Greece, the rainfall averages varying between 500 mm and 800 mm, but in the Athens area we have an average of only 400 mm per year. The western part of mainland Greece, the western Peloponnese and the Ionian Islands are wettest, here we have an average value of annual rainfall ranging from 800 mm to 1200 mm, but in the mountains of Epirus and Pindos will also exceed 1600 mm per year.

The sea water temperature in Greece varies between 17 ° C in the winter months and 27 ° C in August.

WHEN TO GO TO GREECE

The best months for traveling to Greece are the spring (April-June) and September to October. August and July are very hot, but they are the preferred months for vacationers.

Climate of Athens.

Climate of Crete.

Climate of Mykonos.

Climate of Rhodes.

Climate of Santorini.

GREECE CLIMATE TABLES

ATHENS (110 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 6,8 13,3 56,9  12,6
February 6,8 13,9 46,7  10,4
March 8,8 16,6 40,7  12,2
April 11,7 20,0 30,8  8,1
May 15,8 25,2 22,6  6,2
June 20,6 30,4 10,6  3,7
July 23,6 33,4 5,8  1,9
August 23,8 33,7 6,0  1,7
September 19,8 28,7 13,9  3,3
October 15,9 23,5 52,6  7,2
November 11,7 18,8 58,3  9,7
December 8,8 14,7 69,1  12,1
YEAR 14,5 22,7 414,1  87,1
HERAKLION (CRETE) (15 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 10,7 16,1 91,5  10,1
February 10,6 16,5 77,4  9,1
March 11,5 18,1 57,4  6,9
April 13,8 21,5 30,0  3,4
May 16,8 25,0 15,2  1,9
June 21,5 28,3 3,2  0,5
July 23,5 29,9 1,0  0,1
August 23,8 29,8 0,7  0,1
September 21,2 27,1 19,5  1,3
October 18,5 24,2 68,8  4,9
November 15,6 21,3 58,8  6,0
December 12,8 17,7 77,1  8,9
YEAR 17,0 23,0 500,6  53,2

CRETE
Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 17
February 17
March 17
April 18
May 20
June 23
July 25
August 26
September 25
October 22
November 20
December 18

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