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Athens climate: when to go to Athens

Athens has a typical Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and very hot and dry summers. The aridity of the climate of Athens is caused by the position of the city that is surrounded by mountains to the north-west and east, these mountains block the wind and make hot and sultry the summer days, sometimes the city temperatures can reach 40 ° C.

The average minimum winter temperatures of Athens vary between 5 ° C and 7 ° C, while the average minimum summer temperatures are around 20 ° C. The average maximum temperatures in summer vary between 33 ° C and 29 ° C, while in winter the average maximum temperatures are around 13 ° C.

The wettest months are between October and March, but, being sheltered by the mountains of Pindar, in Athens rainfall is rather scarce, with annual averages of only about 400 mm.

During the summer months, between June and September, rainfall is almost absent. Rainy days are 87 per year, while the hours of sunshine are 2,778. The snow in the city center is a rare event, but in its northern suburbs is relatively frequent during the winter.

WHEN TO GO TO ATHENS

For the visit of Athens the best seasons are spring and autumn, especially May, September and October. Summer is just too hot, in Athens the summer temperatures are often above 36 ° C.

If you want to make a trip to Athens between the months to avoid there would be, in the first place, the months of July and August, but you must also keep in mind that June and September are also hot months. The winter is not the best season to visit Athens, the city in this period is relatively cold and rainy.

ATHENS 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

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