Top Locations in Greece
Greece Weather Overview
There are, however, very varying weather patterns across the country dictated by the topography and distance from the coast. The high mountains, for example, have a very different climate to the islands; inland areas see more pronounced seasons than coastal areas; the south is hotter and drier than the north.
Summer weather in the islands begins in May with daily highs in the mid-20s. By July the daytime temperature is often in the 30s. July and August are the peak summer months when the temperature will rarely drop below 20°C even at night. Fortunately, the islands are visited by the cooling "meltemi" winds - sea breezes that blow from the north and north-west. The winds are strongest in July and August when they are needed the most.
Mid-May to Mid-September is very dry, while July and August are unlikely to see any rainfall at all.
Winters are mild and wet - somewhat akin to an English spring. Temperature will generally be in the low to mid-teens, although a sunny day can sometimes see the temperature creep up towards 20°C.
December is the wettest month of the year and over the winter there can often be strong storms in the
Many of the higher mountains remain snow covered for several months of the year, and there are even several ski resorts - not something you’d usually associate with
The mountain climate prevails predominantly in the high mountain ranges of mainland
There are more extremes of temperature on the mainland compared to the island and coastal regions. Summer temperatures can be in the 40s - Athens has recorded a temperature of 48°C. A severe heat wave in summer 2007 saw devastating forest fires hit
Conversely, cold winter temperatures can occur and snow can even fall in the low-lying regions, though it is not common. A severe cold snap in winter 2004 saw
Variations in weather occur across the Greek mainland - Eastern Greece and the
- Capital: Athens
- Area: 131,940km2
- Population: 10,722,000
- Currency: Euro (EUR)