The Weather in Greece

General information

Most occasional visitors to Greece get to experience the splendor of the
Greek summer, and leave with the impression that Greece is a tropical
paradise where the temperatures remain high all year round.

This impression is true to an extent, but every Greek knows that once summer is gone, the four seasons are pronounced with their distinct
characteristics: fall brings mild cold and much rain, winter settles with
bitter cold, and spring is as pleasant as you would ever experience in terms
of weather.

Despite its relative small area size, the weather in Greece varies widely between the different areas.

The northern, more mountainous regions, experience winter cold in its extreme. Ice and snow become a permanent feature of the landscape, and the temperatures settle on lower numbers than places of southern Greece.

Even in the summer months, as you move from the coast towards the mountainous interior of Greece you will experience a drop intemperatures.

The coastal areas and Greek islands experience a milder winter in terms of ice and snow, but high humidity and strong coastal winds during the winter make the cold seem even more bitter than the mountains.

The summer on the other hand is very hot and dry, and this combination along with the endless sunshine and complete lack of precipitation, make Greece one of the favorite vacation spots for sun and sea lovers.

Planning a trip

Summer is the most popular time for vacationers to visit Greece. If you arrive to Greece sometime in June, July, or August you are sure to experience hot weather and endless sunshine. The sea during this time is conducive to swimming and offers welcome relief from the the ever-present sun. Once or twice during these months Greece experiences relentless heat waves when the temperatures climb in the mid-forties (Celsius). These heat waves typically last up to a week before they fall to the more typical mid-thirties.

Overall, chances are that the weather will be good if you choose to visit Greece from mid-May to mid-September.

If you visit between mid-September until the end of November, you will experience much rain, and some cold days, interspersed with some very pleasant ones.
From November until February you should prepare for cold conditions, and if you find yourself in the mountainous interior, pack for snow. After February and until May the weather is generally good, but cold and rain are not uncommon.

Naturally, weather is not the only planning criterion for traveling to Greece, so head over the the trip planner that can help you organize your vacation in other dimensions.

General trends

The average temperatures in Greece ranges between 14° and 20° C, and the country can be divided into three separate zones according to their climate.

The islands of the Aegean, Attica, and Crete experience extensive sunshine, very little rain, and strong "meltemia" winds during the summer. In the winter however rainstorms and low temperatures are common, with snow accumulating briefly in the mountains.

In the Greek mainland, (Peloponnese, Thessaly, Epirus, Macedonia, and Thrace) the summers are just as hot, but the chance of the occasional rainstorm is greater. The winters are very cold with frequent thunder and snow storms, while fall and spring bring plenty of rain and occasional frosty conditions. In the tall mountain ranges of Pindos and Rhodope the sight of snow covered mountain tops is common for the duration of the season.

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