Weather Averages for Santorini in February
Averages for Santorini in February
After January, February is usually the coldest time of the year to visit Santorini, Greece, when the winter season is still going strong. In spite of the relatively low temperatures and high probability of rainfall Santorini is subject to during this month, the island is much warmer and drier than the UK in February, making it perfect if you’re in search of some winter sunshine.
At this time of year, the average temperature for Santorini starts off at 12°C on February 1st and slowly rises until it reaches 13°C by February 28th/29th. Daily highs and lows change in the same fashion, rising from 14°C to 15°C and from 10°C to 11°C, respectively, as the month develops.
With average temperatures this low, it’s worth packing some warm clothing for your holiday. Thin jumpers, light cardigans, t-shirts and trousers will come in handy during the day, whilst you might be in need of a warm jacket if you plan on wandering around your resort on a night time. Whatever the weather forecast is, make sure you pack some swimming gear and beachwear in case the weather is warmer than expected.
Even though it only happens on rare occasions, temperatures have been known to rise above 18°C and fall below 6°C at this time of year in Santorini. In recent times, the hottest February day in Santorini saw temperatures soaring up to 21°C. At the other end of the scale, the coldest February day in Santorini ever saw temperatures dropping down to 0°C.
In February, Santorini is subject to an average of 43mm of rainfall which is divided between nine rainy days across the month. With such a high amount of rainfall occurring on so many days during February, chances are you’ll experience a drop or two of the wet stuff during your holiday. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so consider packing an umbrella or some waterproof clothing if you don’t want the wet weather to spoil your holiday.
The chance of precipitation falling on an average day in February drops as the month develops. Rainfall is most common around February 1st when it occurs on 36% of days. On the other hand, rainfall is least common around February 28th/29th, when it only falls on 32% of days. The most common types of precipitation Santorini sees in February are light rain, thunderstorms, moderate rain and heavy rain.
The island boasts an average of seven hours of sunshine each day in February – that’s the same as in January. Despite the cool temperatures, the high number of sunshine hours will give you plenty of opportunities to explore the resort and work on your tan. Although with an average sea water temperature as low as 16°C, you might want to skip a day at the beach.
Throughout February, the length of the day in Santorini is steadily increasing, with a difference of 59 minutes between the start at the end of the month. February 1st is the shortest day of the month, with 10:24 hours of daylight, whilst February 28th/29th is the longest day of the month, with 11:23 hours of daylight.
In February, the relative humidity for Santorini fluctuates between 56% (mildly humid) and 83% (humid), rarely exceeding 94% (humid) or dropping below 43% (comfortable). On average, the most humid day in February falls around February 24th, when the average daily humidity rises above 77% three days out of every four. On the other hand, the least humid day of the month usually falls around February 20th, when the average daily humidity falls below 63% three days out of every four.
Across the month, typical wind speeds usually vary between 3 m/s (light breeze) and 10 m/s (fresh breeze) almost never rising above 14 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 7 m/s (moderate breeze) happens around February 4th, when the average daily maximum is 10 m/s. At the other end of the scale, the lowest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) occurs around February 28th/29th, when the average daily maximum is 9 m/s (fresh breeze).
Beach in Santorini, Greece
Things to do
The infamous Santorini cable car is one of the best ways to enjoy panoramic views of the island. This cable car will transport you from the Santorini Port all the way up to Fira – 220m above sea level – providing you with fantastic sea vistas along the way, so make sure you take your camera with you. When you arrive in Fira, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do, with cafes, shops and museums peppered throughout. If you’re not one for heights, you can ride from the Santorini Port up to the village of Fira on the back of a donkey.
The cool and often overcast weather makes February a fantastic time to take a hike from Fira to Oia. The path connecting these two villages stretches on for more than 7 miles, but the terrain is fairly flat and safe, making it suitable for travellers of all ages, as long as you’ve got a bit of stamina. You’ll find plenty of shops and cafes along the way where you can stop off for a bite to eat or something to drink, making for an overall pleasant day out. If you don’t fancy walking all the way back, there are plenty of busses you can catch in Oia which will take you back to Fira.
The Mnemossyne Gallery is one of the most popular art galleries in the whole of Santorini. Unlike a traditional art museum, this gallery is located inside a large house, where you’ll find a great collection of artwork and jewellery – all of which has been made by local artists. If you’re on the lookout for gifts for friends and family back home or some unique souvenirs of your holiday, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can purchase many of the pieces in the gallery. Like many attractions in Santorini, the Mnemossyne Gallery boasts a fantastic location with incredible views.
Winter in Santorini, Greece taken by Nikola
Where to stay
When it comes to a room with a view, you can’t beat Villa Renos. This complex of villas is located only a stone’s throw away from the sea, providing guests with amazing sea vistas. Here you’ll find accommodation in the form of double, deluxe double and triple rooms, providing something for all budgets. Onsite services and facilities include swimming pool, solarium, terrace, bar, free WiFi throughout and free parking.
Anteliz Suites is a top end complex perfect for holidaymakers who want to splash out on their holiday. Overlooking the Aegean Sea and Santorinian Caldera, this complex provides guests with double rooms, superior doubles, junior suites, senior suites and master suites, guaranteeing something for all tastes. There is a wealth of amenities and services available, such as breakfast included in the price, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, free WiFi access, excursions and water sports.
Artemis Villas is another top pick when it comes to luxury accommodation. Here guests can choose between ten studios, superior studios and traditional suites, each of which is spacious and modern. Visitors are encouraged to take full advantage of the facilities and services available onsite, including swimming pool, terrace, excursion booking, free WiFi access throughout, pool bar and the option to have breakfast served to you on your balcony.
Apartment view in Santorini, Greece taken by Jon
February events in Santorini
Feast of Ipapandi
2nd February 2015
The Feast of Ipapandi takes place each year in Finikia and Oia, Santorini. On this day, locals dress the streets up in colourful decorations and get ready to party. The highlight of the festival is the feast which everyone is encouraged to take part in. Other activities include music concerts and folk dancing.