The climate of Greece is one of the best in the world! On average, days of sunshine are around 260 days per year. Especially, south of the country has even more like the islands of Crete or Rhodes. Even Athens has more days than average, which makes it an ideal city-break destination. Also, it’s an ideal destination for digital nomads that want to come to Greece. Especially, combined with Greek hospitality and Greek cuisine.
Some people ask: when is the best time to visit Greece? The answer is May-June and from September till half of November, usually July and August are very hot months This post will give you the information.
Greece is located between parallels 340 and 420 of the Northern Hemisphere, in the Eastern Mediterranean. The climate of Greece has in general the characteristics of the Mediterranean climate, ie mild and rainy winters, relatively hot and dry summers, and great sunshine almost all year round. In more detail, in the various regions of Greece, a wide variety of climatic types is presented, always of course within the framework of the Mediterranean climate.
This is due to the topographic configuration of the country which has large differences in altitude (there are large mountain ranges along with the central country and other mountains) and the alternation of land and sea. Thus, from the dry climate of Attica and generally of Eastern Greece, we switch to the liquid of Northern and Western Greece.
Such climatic differences are found even in places that are close to each other, a phenomenon that occurs in only a few countries around the world. From a climatic point of view, the year can be divided mainly into two seasons: The cold and rainy winter period that lasts from mid-October until the end of March and the warm and dry season that lasts from April to October.
During the first period, the coldest months are January and February, where on average the average minimum temperature ranges from 5-10 ° C in the coastal areas, from 0 – 5 ° C in the mainland, and with lower values below zero. in the northern regions. The rains in our country even in the winter do not last for many days and the sky of Greece does not remain cloudy for several consecutive days, as happens in other parts of the world.
The warmest period in the last ten days of July and the first of August when the average maximum temperature ranges from 29 ° C to 35 ° C. During the hot season, the high temperatures are mitigated by the cool sea breeze in the coastal areas of the country and by the north winds (annuals) that blow mainly in the Aegean. Spring has a short duration because winter is late and summer begins early. Autumn is long and warm and is often extended in Southern Greece until mid-December.
Much of Greece
However, the climate of Greece can be divided into smaller climates of local scope that are maintained by local factors. Wet Mediterranean: found in the regions of western Greece, western Peloponnese as well as in the lowlands and semi-mountains of Epirus and is characterized by hot (but not hot) and dry summers, with average monthly temperatures not exceeding 22 ° C in the warmest month and – 3 ° C in the coldest month. Winters are wet and from mild to relatively cold with sporadic snowfall. Dry Mediterranean: located in the Cyclades, the coast of Crete, the Dodecanese, the eastern Peloponnese, Attica as well as in the lowlands of eastern Central Greece.
It is characterized by hot and dry summers with the average monthly temperature of the warmest month exceeding 22 ° C. Similar to the humid Mediterranean, the average winter monthly temperature does not exceed -3 ° C Mainland: found in western Macedonia, the inland highlands of mainland Greece as well as in northern Evros Mountainous: observed in mountainous areas higher than 1500 meters in Northern Greece, greater than 1800 meters in Central Greece and greater than 2000 meters in Crete.