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The climate of Crete: when to go to Crete

The climate of Crete is in a large part of the island a temperate Mediterranean climate, with very hot summers and winters not too cold. Only a small area which includes the island’s southern coast, the plain of Mesara and the mountains of Asterousia is part of the semi-desertic African climate.

Rainfalls are irregulars, they are most abundant in the north than in the south, however, from June to August, virtually does not rain in the whole island. The average annual rainfall in the north of the island of Crete is only 420 mm. The southern coastal area has a much drier climate than the northern coast. Particularly strong are the winds that blow throughout the year. Snow falls between November and April on the high mountains of the island, which exceed 2,400 meters, but it is very rare in other parts of the island.

Summer temperatures are mitigated by the constant blowing of the winds, the average maximum summer temperatures vary between 26 ° C and 28 ° C. Winters are mild with average minimum temperatures vary between 8 ° C and 10 ° C. Along the southern coast the summer and winter temperatures are higher than in the rest of the island.

Crete, Greece. Author and Copyright Luca di Lalla

Crete, Greece. Author and Copyright Luca di Lalla

The temperature of the seawater of ​​Crete is higher than 20 ° C from May to November, while in August it reached 26 ° C.


Any time of year is suitable to visit the island of Crete, the best months are those of spring and the month of September, with pleasant temperatures and low rainfall, the summer is sometimes suffocating, even if the wind mitigates the feeling of hot, but it is the best time for lovers of the sea and the sun.


HERAKLION (CRETE) (15 meters)
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

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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