What is the weather in Greece all year around

Long hot summers with cloudless skies, hot sunshine is a major draw when taking a holiday in Greece, whether you are on the mainland or on the Greek islands. The summers are long and hot and rain is practically non-existent for three months.

The weather on the Greek Islands and mainland Greece will be spectacular during the summer months especially if you love high temperatures. From April until October the temperatures in Greece begin to climb over the 20C mark and can reach well over 30C during the hottest months. From June until August you can expect the sun to be shining down from a cloudless sky for at least 12 hours per day.

Sizzling summer temperatures

Without doubt the weather in Greece is one reason holiday-makers return year after year. A holiday in Greece anytime between May and September should guarantee exceptionally good weather. June, July and August are the most popular months for sun lovers and the beaches of Corfu, Crete and Rhodes offer endless sunshine and warm, crystal clear waters.

The Greek Islands benefit from cooling breezes during the day, and the evenings will still be very warm. Mainland Greece during the summer can be just as hot as the islands but the cooler spring and autumn temperatures are perfect for exploring the towns and villages or relaxing on the beaches.
July in Greece is most often characterized by sunny weather.We can count on 29 sunny days and it hardly ever rains. For this month of July, the minimum temperatures are on average 25°C and the maximum 29°C.

Warm spring and autumn months

The spring and autumn months in Greece will be slightly cooler at around 15C to 20C but many holiday-makers prefer this time of year.

Spring in Greece is an especially colourful and bright period as the flowers come into full bloom and the sun will be shining down for around eight hours per day.

The water temperatures are usually warm enough for swimming at this time of year and this period is a popular choice for family holidays in Greece.

Thanks to its location on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Greece benefits, logically, from a climate of the Mediterranean type as a whole. However, both latitude and altitude vary the climate.

It is therefore possible to see, depending on the area, mild and more or less rainy winters, as well as very hot, even dry summers. In detail, and without surprises, the climate of Greece will be much more continental in the north and especially in the northeast, near Macedonia.

The result is a climate with winters much colder and less sunny than in the islands of the Aegean Sea for example, or even in Athens. The north of Greece is thus as hot as the capital or even as Crete, but spring and summer will be much cooler. Here is detailed information to prepare your visit to Greece by knowing the climate of the main regions.

Weather in the Dodecanese Islands

The Dodecanese Islands are the easternmost islands of Greece. This archipelago indeed forms a group of islands far from the mainland, not far from the Turkish coast. There is thus a typical Mediterranean climate with many sunny days.

The exposure makes it possible to have hot summers, but with moderate temperatures depending on the day, because of the winds. Average temperatures are 29°C in July and August, with nearly 25°C also to be reported in both June and September.

Winters in the Dodecanese Islands are quite mild and sometimes accompanied by precipitation. To find a balanced climate, neither too hot nor too cool, with a calmer wind, it is recommended to go to the Dodecanese Islands before August 15, or after September 15, in order to avoid the strongest period of high temperatures.

Weather in the Ionian Islands

The climate of the Ionian Islands is of the Mediterranean type: the summers are hot and dry, while the winters are mild and rainy. Depending on the region, but also on the archipelago of the Ionian Islands, some differences should be noted.
Little exposed to the wind, the Ionian islands often have scorching temperatures in summer. Rain may be present. Indeed, rainfall is higher in the Ionian Islands than in the Cyclades. End-of-day thunderstorms can surprise you, but they are still quite rare, and above all, short.

Weather in the Cyclades

The Cyclades islands benefit from a superb very sunny season which lasts for almost six months. The climate there is of the Mediterranean type, that is to say mild and rainy in winter, then dry and hot in summer. Precipitation will be absent from the Cyclades, unlike other Greek islands.

Thus, from May to October, the Cyclades suffer from a real lack of rain. Summers are not scorching, however, since the Cyclades are exposed to a seasonal wind (the Meltem), which helps to maintain a cool and pleasant atmosphere. Spring from April to June is pleasant with good temperatures. If you fear the cold, avoid the period from November to March in the Cyclades. It is indeed the rainy season, punctuated by strong winds.

Weather in Crete

Crete, located in the south of Greece, is an island known to be quite windy, especially on its southern coast. Temperatures are therefore always less hot than in mainland Greece. The averages are however quite high, since Crete is located in the Mediterranean basin, moreover, some hot winds from the south sometimes bring a little heat.
It will be very marked in spring and autumn. Winters in Crete will be mild on the coasts, but cooler, with increasingly lower temperatures if you go inland.
On the rainy side, the northern area, and especially the northeastern part of Rethymno in Sitia, is the most affected by rain, while in the south, rainfall is less than 350 mm per year near Matala or Agia Roumeli.

Weather Mainland Greece

In mainland Greece, the climate differs from that which can be observed in the islands. Summers are therefore shorter and less dry. The mercury will regularly reach 30°C for the maximum, but this heat is tempered, in part thanks to the north wind: the Meltem. In the heart of the Peloponnese, the heat will be more intense.

In winter, the climate is relatively mild and humid, and will be harsher inland, as in the mountainous regions. Winter is colder, but also longer, especially in Macedonia. In Athens, it is not uncommon to see very cold temperatures during the winter period. This winter extends from October to March, but beautiful sunny days pierce from the months of January or February. The period that offers the best balance, and avoids extreme temperatures (too hot or too cold) is from April to May, but also in September.

The climate in Greece is characteristic of the Mediterranean climate: mild and rainy winters, relatively hot and dry summers and generally longer periods of sunshine for most of the year.

A wide variety of climate subtypes, always within the Mediterranean climate framework, occur in several regions of Greece.

This is due to the influence of topography (large mountain ranges along the central part and other mountainous bodies) on the air masses coming from moisture sources of the central Mediterranean.

Thus, the weather in Greece varies from the dry climate of Athens and eastern Greece in general, to the humid climate of northern and western Greece.

In climatological conditions, the year can be roughly divided into two main seasons: the cold and rainy period which lasted from mid-October to the end of March, and the hot and dry season which lasts from April to September.

In summer, dry hot days are often calmed by strong winds, especially in the north and coastal areas. Athens can be very hot, so visitors give time to acclimatize. The evenings are cool. Winters are mild in the south, but much colder in the north.

Lightweight clothing during the summer months, including protection from the midday sun. Light sweaters are needed for evenings. Rainproofs are recommended for autumn. The winter months can be quite cold, especially in the northern mainland, so normal winter wear and tear will be required.

Greece in January

snow in greeceThe weather is cold, humid (sometimes snowy), and windy. Sunny, beautiful days are usually very limited. If you want to buy something you will find that the prices are low.

This month there are many events aimed primarily at Greek aficionados of art, among them is, the New Year celebration, since the thirteenth day of Jan 6th.

Theater performances, concerts, etc. in Athens and Thessaloniki, as well as many other places. The hotels and restaurants on many islands will be closed. The ski season is in full swing, but bad weather can be disruptive. Tenders for tenders from cruise ships can be canceled due to rough water.

Greece in March and April

greece weather in mayThe weather is cold, wet and windy, fairer days. If you go shopping you will find that prices are low in most places, to moderate in Carnival areas.

Cities with a strong carnival season will be lively like Patras and Thessaloniki.

About this month is the begining of the lent that leeds after 40 days to the Greek Orthodox Easter  in April. The hotels and restaurants on many islands will start open their doors for the season tourism mainly from Greece but alao from abroad.


Greece in May

The weather is fantastic – pleasantly warm, light breeze. If you go shopping you will find that the prices are low and moderate.

The events this month are May 1st (a national labor holiday). Summer hotels and restaurants are open all over the Greek islands Boat schedules, air schedules increase. This is a good time to go.

Greece in July and August

greece in julyThe weather is hot to very hot. July in Greece is a busy month full of events. The most important festivals are all in full swing.

At the beginning of the month, the popular Festivals shakes Athens. Art festivals are aimed at tourists, sound and light shows.

Outdoor cinemas are popular, many mountain villages have special events mainly attended by Greeks if everyone is welcome.

Ioannina Cultural summer events begin, continue through August. Along with August, July rates are the highest of the year. Everything is open. The frequent flights and ferries are often crowded but in general it is easiest to get around this time of year, although Meltemi can cause some delays.

Greece in September

The weather is fantastic – warm, light fans. Prices are moderate. Everything is open until the last part of the month, and everything is less crowded. Transportation schedules begin to cut down around September 15th. Some places on the islands will be completed at the end of September. Activities for children to start are cut back as begins the school year in Greece.

Greece in November

The weather is cool to cold, strong winds. Several days are clear, but can be uncomfortably cold or windy. During this month the prices are low. On November 21, the Greek Orthodox Presentation is the feast, celebrated in general.

Almost most of the islands are closed, especially in Cyclades, but Mykonos and Santorini both have a couple of year-round hotels. Large islands such as Rhodes, Lesbos, Crete and the Ionian are still enjoyable. Flight and boat itineraries are limited. Tenders for tenders from cruise ships can be canceled due to rough water.