Greece is very hot in summer

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Greece climate

The climate of Greece in south-east Europe is unique with its location between the 34th and 42nd degrees of latitude and the location between the Aegean, Ionian and Libyan seas Mediterranean. That means: hot dry summers and mild, rainy winters. But the geography of Greece still makes for clear regional differences.

The summer actually present themselves as hot and dry all over Greece. in the south, on the Peloponnese and Crete it is usually hot in June and there is almost no precipitation, temperatures over twenty degrees prevail throughout from May to October. The great drought repeatedly leads to serious forest fires. Summer is a little different at the East and north coast. Care here fresh gusts again and again for more tolerable temperatures. Overall, it's in North and west Greece wetter than on the southern islands and Attica. Long and stable dry periods are decisive in midsummer, but severe thunderstorms occur especially in the interior of the country.

in the winter is the Mediterranean climate to the Coastal of the country wet, but mild. in the mountainous interior on the other hand is always with snow to be expected. Even on Crete falls in the winter months snow, which can be left in November. In the plains of Crete and the mainland, precipitation falls mostly as rain with average maximum temperatures of twelve degrees and minimum temperatures of four degrees, the heaviest precipitation is expected between October and January. At the mildest are the winters on the Aegean and Ionian islands.


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Weather in Athens, the capital of Greece

Weather in Greece: The temperatures and rainfall for Athens in Greece come from the website and are provided by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. The forecast data is updated four times a day.

Monthly overview

January brings snow and cold to the mountains of the mainland. The lowlands receive a lot of rain in January. The islands are not a travel destination this month. Due to storms, ships rarely operate and only a few accommodations are open. January is not suitable for swimming. The water temperature reaches its lowest point at 15 ° C in the south and 10 ° C in the north.

February is very similar to January. Ferry and bus routes are still greatly reduced or completely discontinued. Even in the seaside resorts and at the ancient sights, only a few tourists can be seen, if they are open at all. There is good snow conditions in the ski centers, and in the lowlands visitors have to be prepared for frequent rainfall.

Temperatures rise from March. During the day, 18 ° C is measured again. At night it is still quite cool with seven to ten degrees. Spring is already setting in on Crete. At the same time, the season in Greece's ski centers ends during the month. From March onwards the rainfall will be less.

During April, temperatures rise noticeably, while the amount of rain falls significantly. Spring is now setting in across the country with the abundant bloom of trees, flowers and bushes. But it's still too cool for a beach holiday. The exception is Crete, where the water has already reached 20 degrees. Most of the hotels and taverns are still closed. A first rush of tourists sets in at Easter. Preferred destinations are Crete, but also some Aegean islands, which are famous for their Easter celebrations, e.g. B. Patmos.

As for nature and landscape, May is clearly the best month. Everywhere the visitor is presented with bright green and countless flowers. Since it is now warm with average temperatures of 20 degrees, but not yet too hot, and the precipitation has also decreased noticeably, there are now ideal conditions for hiking and sightseeing. The fact that the sun now shines eight hours a day also contributes to this. At 18-19 ° C you can gradually venture into the water on the Cyclades and in southern Greece from the middle of the month. The advantage this month is that the beaches and ancient sites are not yet overcrowded, public transport is almost back to the summer rhythm and most of the accommodations are reopening. However, the prices are still noticeably lower than in midsummer.

Summer is coming with great strides. During the day the average is 26 degrees, at night it is 18 ° C. From now on, the Etesia or Meltemi winds set in from the north. From the middle of the month it is already too warm for hiking and trekking tours. The bloom continues. The duration of sunshine is extended to ten hours a day. The sea now reaches bathing temperature everywhere. Precipitation is no longer to be expected. The overnight prices are already rising, but they are still cheaper than in July / August.

July is the high tourist season. During the day it is scorching hot at over 40 degrees; even at night the thermometer never falls below 20 ° C. Because of the low humidity of a maximum of 50%, the heat is much more bearable than in tropical regions of the world. The sun shines down from a deep blue sky all day. The daily sunshine duration now reaches its peak at 12 hours. There is no cloud to be seen far and wide. Not a drop of rain falls. The landscape is gradually drying up, the air shimmers with heat. The prices are now at their highest level. The hotels and pensions are actually always fully booked this month. You should refrain from visiting the big cities because of the stifling heat.

The tourist high season continues. The beaches are overcrowded, the ancient sites are teeming with tour groups and many accommodations are fully booked. As in July, holidaymakers can expect hot temperatures, a blue sky, no clouds and, with 11 hours a day, lots of sun. The water temperature reaches its highest values ​​with 24-28 ° C. Since there is still no rain falling, streams and rivers are drying up in the east of the country. Because of the unbearable heat and the risk of smog, it is better to avoid Athens in August.

The majority of the vacation returns home, so that it is easier to find rooms again. The air temperatures are not quite as high in September, but they are still midsummer. However, the sea is still as warm as in August. In this respect, it is a good month to combine swimming, hiking and sightseeing. The first isolated rainfalls occur again. The duration of sunshine goes back to nine hours.

It is getting significantly cooler; in the evening you need a thick sweater in order not to freeze. The precipitation is now starting again more intensively and it is again a little green in the landscape. Nevertheless, there are still good conditions for sightseeing. Many accommodations and campsites are now closing in the seaside resorts. The water temperature now drops to 20 degrees and the sun only shows up seven hours a day.

The last hotels and taverns still open will close in November. The time of storms begins, so that sailing trips are no longer possible. The water is now too cold to jump in. The sky is cloudy more often and rainfall continues to increase. The average temperature during the day is 13-15 degrees and at night 4-10 degrees. Every now and then, however, there can still be beautiful sunny days with up to 20 degrees.

The ski season begins in the mountains. Snowfall and frosts are quite normal here at altitudes above 1,200 m. In the lower regions it remains free of frost and snow, unless cold air masses break in from the Balkans. The average temperature is only 10 degrees. December is often the wettest in Greece. Precipitation must be expected on an average of eight days. On the islands, the bus and ferry lines are reducing their services considerably. In numerous smaller tourist centers, practically everything is now closed.

Best travel time for Greece

A trip is possible all year round depending on the project and you can often catch comparatively good weather even in winter. Long periods of bad weather are rare. On the other hand, there can be heavy rainfall, especially in autumn and winter.

Beach or hiking vacation is on Crete beautiful from April or May possible if the sea can still be cool. Safe bathing weather with temperatures of sometimes over 40 degrees prevails in the summer.

Of April to October is the best time for Sailing tours, storms may occur in the following months.

For City tours offer themselves Spring and autumn because the temperatures are then more bearable.

Who in Greece To ski want is from December to March in good hands in the mountains and will surely find enough snow.

Here you can find information about the Climate and the best time to travel to the Greek islands of Crete, Corfu, Rhodes and Kos as well as a further overview of the climate and travel time in Greece.


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