Averages for Santorini in October

What's the Weather like in Santorini in October

October is a great time of year to visit Santorini, Greece, when the weather is superb and the island is relatively quiet. During this month, the temperatures are pleasantly mild, as is the average sea temperature which retains the heat from summer. Although the chance of rainfall is slightly increased from September, it's not so much that it should spoil your holiday in October. If you're not bothered about the quie...

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  • Temperature Temperature 21°C 69°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 23°C 73°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 18°C 64°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 9 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 38 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 4 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 23°C 73°F

What's the Weather like in Santorini in October

October is a great time of year to visit SantoriniGreece, when the weather is superb and the island is relatively quiet. During this month, the temperatures are pleasantly mild, as is the average sea temperature which retains the heat from summer. Although the chance of rainfall is slightly increased from September, it's not so much that it should spoil your holiday in October. If you're not bothered about the quieter atmosphere and want to take advantage of cheap prices, October is a great month to visit Santorini.

Temperatures

At this time of year, the average temperature for the island starts off at 22°C on October 1st and gradually drops down to 18°C by October 31st. Daily highs and daily lows change in the same way, falling from 25°C to 20°C and from 19°C to 16°C, respectively, as the month develops.

With average temperatures like this, you'll need to bring a mixture of cool and warm clothing in order to stay comfortable whilst on holiday. Make sure you bring plenty of light and airy clothing, beachwear and swimming gear for during the daytime, as well as a thin jacket in case its especially cold on an evening. Whatever the weather forecast is, remember to bring enough suntan lotion and a pair of sunglasses so your holiday isn't ruined by heatstroke or sunburn.

Although it only happens on rare occasions, temperatures have been known to fall below 13°C and rise above 27°C in Santorini in October. In recent times, the hottest October day ever recorded on the island saw temperatures rise up to 33°C. On the other hand, the coldest October day ever recorded on the island saw temperatures drop below 11°C.

Rain

Throughout the month, Santorini receives an average of 38mm of rainfall – that's significantly more than in September. Despite the increase in rainfall, the island is only subject to around four rainy days in October, which means the chance of you experiencing a shower or two during your holiday is quite low.

As the month progresses, the probability of rainfall increases. Rainfall is most likely to make an appearance on October 31st when it falls on 24% of days. At the other end of the scale, rainfall is least likely to make an appearance on October 1st, when it only falls on 15% of days. If you're unlucky enough to experience some precipitation during your holiday in October, it will most probably be light rain, thunderstorms or moderate rain.

Sunshine Hours

Across the month, Santorini boasts an average of nine hours of sunshine each day – that's two hours less every day than in September. In spite of the decrease in sunshine hours, you'll still have more than enough time to work on your tan by the pool or at the beach during your holiday.

Average Sea Temperatures

If a day at the beach sounds like just what the doctor ordered, you'll be pleased to hear that the average sea water temperature for the beaches in Santorini is 23°C in October – that's 1°C cooler than in September. This temperature is perfect for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and all sorts of water sports, which is why you'll see so many people on the beaches at this time of year.

Throughout October, the length of the day in Santorini is steadily decreasing, with a difference of 1:06 hours between the start and the end of the month. October 1st is the longest day of the month, with 11:48 hours of daylight, whilst October 31st is the shortest day of the month with 10:42 hours of daylight.

Humidity 

Across the month, the relative humidity for Santorini fluctuates between 57% (mildly humid) and 85% (very humid) rarely falling below 45% (comfortable) or rising up to 95% (very humid). On average the driest day of the month is October 1st, when the average daily humidity falls below 63% three days out of every four. At the other end of the scale, the most humid day of the most is often October 3rd, when the average daily humidity rises above 81% three days out of every four.

Winds

In October, normal wind speeds range between 1 m/s (light air) and 8 m/s (fresh breeze) rarely going above 12 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s (moderate breeze) normally happens around October 21st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 8 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 5 m/s usually occurs around October 2nd when the average daily maximum wind speed is 8 m/s.

Santorini Hotels in October

Holidaymakers who can afford to splash out on their accommodation should think about staying at Gold Suites. Situated in Imerovigli, this top end hotel is pricey, but the cost is more than worth it for the chance to be able to stay somewhere so luxurious. Here guests can choose between junior suites, superior suites, deluxe suites and grand suites, many of which come with their own private pool and Jacuzzi. There is a wealth of services and facilities available onsite, including swimming pool, sun terrace, excursion booking, spa, wellness centre, restaurants, bars, free WiFi access and massage service.

At the other end of the scale, Margarenia Studios are perfect for tourists on a tight budget. This complex is found in a quiet part of Perissa, just a short walk from the 7km-long beach. Here you'll find accommodation available in the form of double studios, triple studios and family apartments, providing something for all group sizes. There is a small selection of amenities and services available onsite, including free WiFi access, swimming pool, car rental, free parking and a mini bus service.

Markezinis Suites are a great choice for affordable luxury. This boutique hotel is located in Messaria, close to a handful of bars, cafes, restaurants and shops. Guests staying at the hotel can choose between three double suites and 2 Markezinis suites, each of which comes with antique furniture and unique artwork. There are plenty of onsite services and amenities to enjoy, such as garden, solarium, massage services, breakfast served in your room, bars, restaurant, free WiFi access throughout and free parking.

Santorini Beach for October 

Make the most of the warm sea water temperatures and spend the day at Exo Gialos Beach. Found just a short drive away from Fira, this beach is made up of fine dark sand mixed with small pebbles, so make sure you bring water shoes or flip flops to protect your feet. The dark blue sea is normally calm and fairly shallow, making it perfect for children and unconfident swimmers to enjoy. Despite its privileged location, this beach is usually relatively quiet, so you'll always be able to get your perfect spot. You'll find a small number of sun loungers and parasols available on the beach, as well as a handful of bars and restaurants a short walk away in the village.

Get an all-over tan by soaking up the rays at Koloumbos Beach. Located 4km away from Oia, this bay is popular with nudists, although naked sunbathing is by no means obligatory. Unfortunately, there are no facilities available here, but the large cliffs which line the beach create some shade which increases as the sun moves across the sky. The sand is fairly golden and is peppered with various rocks which you'll need to watch out for. The sea is nearly always calm and clean, providing the ideal conditions for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.

Bars and Restaurants 

Families and couples who want to try the local cuisine should consider dining at Pirouni. Located in Firostefani, this restaurant features fantastic sea views which seem to stretch on for miles. The menu is full of Greek specialities, ranging from meat-based mains and fresh seafood to salads and vegetarian options. There are loads of homemade desserts available, too, providing you with the perfect sweet way to end your meal.

The Cave of Nikolas Taverna is another top choice for Greek cuisine. If the weather is pleasant, make sure you grab a table outside so you can enjoy the fantastic views. Whatever you decide to order here, the ingredients are sure to be fresh, the presentation fabulous and the service excellent, making it a must for anyone in Akrotiri.

When it comes to top notch breakfasts, you can't beat Café Galini. Situated inside Hotel Galini, this café serves a variety of breakfast and brunch options, including crepes, pancakes, parfaits, omelettes and fruit salads. You'll find sweet and savoury breakfast dishes available here, with something to cater for all palates.

For fantastic seafood at an affordable price, it doesn't get much better than Volcano Blue. Located within the caldera in Fira, this eatery boasts a comprehensive menu with a huge selection of fish and seafood starters, salads and pasta dishes. If you're dining with others who aren't into seafood, there are plenty of meat-based meals and vegetarian options for them to choose from, too.

Things to do in Santorini in October 

Wine lovers won't want to miss the chance to take a tour around one of Santorini's numerous wineries. Santorini Wine Adventure offers a number of different tours, each of which features a different itinerary and lasts for a different duration. Some of the most popular wine tours available include a 4-hour private wine tour including dinner, a 5-hour sunset cruise with wine-tasting onboard, a Santorini cooking class and wine tasting combo, and a half-day history and wine tour in Akrotiri. All of these tours are available to book online through the website in order to avoid disappointment on the day.

If you'd like to have a go at scuba diving whilst on holiday in Santorini, make sure you stop by the Aegean Divers Dive Centre. This diving school organises a selection of excursions, programmes and courses, providing something for everyone, whether you're after your very first dining experience or you want to improve your already impressive skills. There is a number of boat dives, night dives, refresher dives, discover scuba diving dives and PADI-certified courses to choose from, all of which depart from the Aegean Divers Dive Centre, located in the area of Agia Irini-Pirgos.

When the weather is a bit overcast, while away a few hours by visiting the Villaggio 3D Cinema. Located within the Kamari Shopping Centre, this cinema shows a wide range of the latest films, so you don't have to miss out on brand new releases just because you're on holiday. When the film has finished, you can spend time wandering around the shops, enjoying a coffee in one of the many cafes or having a bite to eat in one of the numerous restaurants found within the shopping centre.

The Folklore Museum of Santorini is another attraction worthy of a visit during your holiday. Located between Fira and Vourvoulos, this museum is a great place to learn all about the history and culture of the local people through various displays. Some of the most popular exhibits include a typical cave house, traditional winery, cavern, workshops, art gallery, historical archives, landscaped garden, chapel and photo gallery. Whether you're interested in learning how the locals make wine or want to see how they lived hundreds of years ago, this museum is a great place to while away a few hours.

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