Greece climate guide

Temperature in Greece (°F)

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max temperature (daytime)
54°F maximum daytime temperature in January in Greece (Athens)54
55°F maximum daytime temperature in February in Greece (Athens)55
59°F maximum daytime temperature in March in Greece (Athens)59
66°F maximum daytime temperature in April in Greece (Athens)66
75°F maximum daytime temperature in May in Greece (Athens)75
84°F maximum daytime temperature in June in Greece (Athens)84
90°F maximum daytime temperature in July in Greece (Athens)90
88°F maximum daytime temperature in August in Greece (Athens)88
82°F maximum daytime temperature in September in Greece (Athens)82
72°F maximum daytime temperature in October in Greece (Athens)72
64°F maximum daytime temperature in November in Greece (Athens)64
57°F maximum daytime temperature in December in Greece (Athens)57
Min temperature (night-time)
41°F minimum night-time temperature in January in Greece (Athens)41
43°F minimum night-time temperature in February in Greece (Athens)43
45°F minimum night-time temperature in March in Greece (Athens)45
50°F minimum night-time temperature in April in Greece (Athens)50
57°F minimum night-time temperature in May in Greece (Athens)57
66°F minimum night-time temperature in June in Greece (Athens)66
70°F minimum night-time temperature in July in Greece (Athens)70
70°F minimum night-time temperature in August in Greece (Athens)70
64°F minimum night-time temperature in September in Greece (Athens)64
57°F minimum night-time temperature in October in Greece (Athens)57
50°F minimum night-time temperature in November in Greece (Athens)50
45°F minimum night-time temperature in December in Greece (Athens)45
Sea temperature
59°F sea temperature in January in Greece (Athens)59
57°F sea temperature in February in Greece (Athens)57
57°F sea temperature in March in Greece (Athens)57
59°F sea temperature in April in Greece (Athens)59
64°F sea temperature in May in Greece (Athens)64
72°F sea temperature in June in Greece (Athens)72
77°F sea temperature in July in Greece (Athens)77
79°F sea temperature in August in Greece (Athens)79
77°F sea temperature in September in Greece (Athens)77
72°F sea temperature in October in Greece (Athens)72
68°F sea temperature in November in Greece (Athens)68
63°F sea temperature in December in Greece (Athens)63

Sunshine & Daylight in Greece

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily hours of sunshine
4 hours of sunshine per day (44% of daylight hours) in January in Greece4
5 hours of sunshine per day (46% of daylight hours) in February in Greece5
6 hours of sunshine per day (51% of daylight hours) in March in Greece6
8 hours of sunshine per day (59% of daylight hours) in April in Greece8
10 hours of sunshine per day (67% of daylight hours) in May in Greece10
11 hours of sunshine per day (77% of daylight hours) in June in Greece11
12 hours of sunshine per day (84% of daylight hours) in July in Greece12
11 hours of sunshine per day (84% of daylight hours) in August in Greece11
9 hours of sunshine per day (76% of daylight hours) in September in Greece9
7 hours of sunshine per day (61% of daylight hours) in October in Greece7
5 hours of sunshine per day (51% of daylight hours) in November in Greece5
4 hours of sunshine per day (44% of daylight hours) in December in Greece4
Daily hours of daylight
10 hours of daylight per day in January in Greece (Athens)10
11 hours of daylight per day in February in Greece (Athens)11
12 hours of daylight per day in March in Greece (Athens)12
13 hours of daylight per day in April in Greece (Athens)13
14 hours of daylight per day in May in Greece (Athens)14
15 hours of daylight per day in June in Greece (Athens)15
14 hours of daylight per day in July in Greece (Athens)14
14 hours of daylight per day in August in Greece (Athens)14
12 hours of daylight per day in September in Greece (Athens)12
11 hours of daylight per day in October in Greece (Athens)11
10 hours of daylight per day in November in Greece (Athens)10
10 hours of daylight per day in December in Greece (Athens)10

Rainfall in Greece

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Number of days with some rain
8 days with some rainfall in January in Greece (Athens)8
9 days with some rainfall in February in Greece (Athens)9
8 days with some rainfall in March in Greece (Athens)8
7 days with some rainfall in April in Greece (Athens)7
5 days with some rainfall in May in Greece (Athens)5
2 days with some rainfall in June in Greece (Athens)2
1 day with some rainfall in July in Greece (Athens)1
2 days with some rainfall in August in Greece (Athens)2
2 days with some rainfall in September in Greece (Athens)2
6 days with some rainfall in October in Greece (Athens)6
9 days with some rainfall in November in Greece (Athens)9
10 days with some rainfall in December in Greece (Athens)10
Average monthly rainfall (inches)
2.5 inches monthly rainfall in January in Greece (Athens)2.5
2.1 inches monthly rainfall in February in Greece (Athens)2.1
2.0 inches monthly rainfall in March in Greece (Athens)2.0
1.2 inches monthly rainfall in April in Greece (Athens)1.2
0.9 inches monthly rainfall in May in Greece (Athens)0.9
0.5 inches monthly rainfall in June in Greece (Athens)0.5
0.2 inches monthly rainfall in July in Greece (Athens)0.2
0.2 inches monthly rainfall in August in Greece (Athens)0.2
0.5 inches monthly rainfall in September in Greece (Athens)0.5
2.2 inches monthly rainfall in October in Greece (Athens)2.2
2.5 inches monthly rainfall in November in Greece (Athens)2.5
3.1 inches monthly rainfall in December in Greece (Athens)3.1

More climate for Greece

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
UV Index (Maximum)
UV (maximum) index 2 (Low) in January in Greece (Athens)2
UV (maximum) index 3 (Moderate) in February in Greece (Athens)3
UV (maximum) index 5 (Moderate) in March in Greece (Athens)5
UV (maximum) index 6 (High) in April in Greece (Athens)6
UV (maximum) index 8 (Very High) in May in Greece (Athens)8
UV (maximum) index 9 (Very High) in June in Greece (Athens)9
UV (maximum) index 10 (Very High) in July in Greece (Athens)10
UV (maximum) index 9 (Very High) in August in Greece (Athens)9
UV (maximum) index 7 (High) in September in Greece (Athens)7
UV (maximum) index 5 (Moderate) in October in Greece (Athens)5
UV (maximum) index 3 (Moderate) in November in Greece (Athens)3
UV (maximum) index 2 (Low) in December in Greece (Athens)2
Heat & Humidity
No heat & humidity in January in Greece (Athens)0
No heat & humidity in February in Greece (Athens)0
No heat & humidity in March in Greece (Athens)0
No heat & humidity in April in Greece (Athens)0
No heat & humidity in May in Greece (Athens)0
Moderate heat & humidity in June in Greece (Athens)M
High heat & humidity in July in Greece (Athens)H
High heat & humidity in August in Greece (Athens)H
Moderate heat & humidity in September in Greece (Athens)M
No heat & humidity in October in Greece (Athens)0
No heat & humidity in November in Greece (Athens)0
No heat & humidity in December in Greece (Athens)0

Note: 0 = None, L = Low, M = Moderate, H = High, VH = Very high, E = Extreme

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Greece climate overview

Greece lies at the southern extremity of the Balkan Peninsula in southern Europe, mid way between Italy and Turkey. Its remarkable cultural history is still very much evident today with many great classical buildings of the 4th and 5th centuries BC still standing, particularly around Athens.

Greece is a very mountainous country with great mountain ranges extending down its western spine right through to the island of Crete in the far south. All of the islands in the Aegean Sea in eastern Greece are in fact the remains of similar mountain chains that have now sunk into the sea.

The climate of Greece is typically Mediterranean with cool and relatively wet winters and warm to hot dry summers with lots of sunshine. Temperatures depend largely on altitude above sea level, however the west of the country including the islands of Corfu, Zante and Kefallonia, is both wetter and cooler in general than the east, particularly in winter.

Rainfall increases over the whole country from October reaching a peak in November and December. For the rest of the winter it levels off, and from April onwards dry conditions begin to set in again. In winter snow falls on the highest peaks even as far south as Crete, while at the height of summer only the mountains in the north receive more than a shower of rainfall.

Over much of Greece the vegetation is hardy evergreen scrub that has adapted to survive the dry summers. There are some forests in the north of fir and deciduous trees but generally the landscape gives the appearance of being rather barren. The growing season peaks in April and May when in some places there is an abundance of wild flowers.

Greece's coasts are heavily indented forming picturesque bays with a mixture of beautiful sandy beaches and rocky headlands. Much of the country's coastline is centred around the Aegean Sea where in the summer months of June, July and August there are usually at least 12 hours of bright sunshine every day.

Not surprisingly this area, which includes the islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Crete, Paros and Kos, is one of the most popular summer beach destinations in the whole of Europe.

Hot summer days are often relieved by cooler winds, known as the 'meltemia', that blow from the north. These winds can be quite strong sometimes, however they usually never last longer than a few days at a time.

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