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Last updated:

12 Jul
UK Time: 06:09 BST
Local Time: 08:09 EEST
Sunny
25°C (77°F)
0mph (0kmh)
  • Sunrise 06:13
  • Sunset 20:48
Temp feels like: 24°C (75°F)
Length of Day: 14h 35m
Pressure: 30" (1010 hpa)
Visiblity: 10 miles (16 km)
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Historic Temperatures for 12th July in Athens

Average High 32°C (90°F)
Record High 35°C (95°F) (2017)
Average Low 23°C (73°F)
Record Low 18°C (64°F) (2013)

Athens in Greece has a Mediterranean climate and can be summed up as having hot dry summers and mild wet winters.

Although this Mediterranean climate produces temperatures that are warmer throughout the year than most of northern Europe, Greece still does have four seasons.

How Hot Does It Get In Athens?

The average temperature in winter is in the low teens 10-12°C, while spring and fall bring average temperatures in the mid-teens 15-19°C. Summer predictably brings the warmest weather, with average temperatures in the mid-to-high 20s 24-27°C.

How Much Does It Rain In Greece?

Athens' annual rainfall is low amongst the lowest in Greece - and occurs mostly as short heavy showers in winter. Rain from May to September is practically nonexistent, while the totals slightly increase before reaching the rainier winter months.

Summer Weather In Greece

When Is The Best Time To Visit Athens?

Summer can get very hot and smog sometimes becomes a problem. Spring and autumn are arguably the best time to visit the city, though most choose the height of summer,  because of the warmer weather and a large amount of sun.

Winter Sunshine Hours In Greece

There's not much sun in the winter, as October leads the way with five hours of average daily sunshine, while November, December, and January all see even less with just three hours on average. February starts to see a slight increase in sunshine, before reaching a peak of 10 hours a day on average in May, June, and July, and then decreasing again in August.

How Humid Is Athens?

Athens benefits from a Mediterranean climate in that it is rarely humid. The average humidity levels for the year don't go above 75%, which occurs in December, while the averages can reach lows of 50% in July and August.

Although July and August are typically the hottest months of the year, at least they won't also be humid, making the warmer weather easier to deal with.

How Warm Is The Sea In Athens?

While Athens sees mild-to-warm temperatures year round, unfortunately the average sea temperature is not always warm enough to enjoy a  swim. From December through April, the average temperature does not get above 17°C and can get as low as 15°C on average, which is too cold to stay in the water for extended periods.

However, from May to November, the average sea temperature doesn't drop below 19°C and can reach an average of 25°C, which is warm water, able to be enjoyed by all. 

Summer Weather in Athens

Summer is very hot in Athens, especially in August when many locals flee the city for cooler areas. Daytime average highs are in the mid-30s in the middle of summer. Combined with the smog, this can be uncomfortable, especially if you are looking to pack in lots of sight-seeing.

What's Athens Hottest Recorded Temperature?

Summer heatwaves are common in Athens; these see the mercury shooting into the 40s. The highest temperature recorded in Athens is a sweltering 48°C; in  Eleusis, West Attica a few km west of central Athens. This was also the record for Greece and for Europe.

These heat levels can be somewhat debilitating. Even at night, the temperature remains above 20°C, so a room with air-conditioning might be preferable!

One thing you are guaranteed in summer in Athens is sunshine; it's one of Europe's sunniest cities. The average rainfall is very low between June and September and almost non-existent in the months of July and August.

Autumn Weather in Athens

Autumn can be a great time to visit Athens as temperatures are a little cooler and there is still a lot of sunshine.

October has an average high of 20°C; November sees daytime highs in the upper teens. Night times are pleasantly cool in October but in November it can drop down close to 10°C.

Rain increases rapidly from the start of October. About 50mm of rain can be expected each month. Most of this rain falls in short heavy showers so there is still plenty of sunshine.

Winter Weather in Athens

Winter is generally quite mild in Athens with average temperatures ranging between 6°C at night and 15°C in the day. Temperatures can occasionally, but rarely, drop very low. 

Does It Snow In Athens?

Colder temperatures are possible and the city does see snow occasionally. The white stuff is normally light and short-lived, but heavier falls can sometimes bring disruption to the city.  strong blizzard in February 2004 saw heavy snow and temperatures plummeting towards -10°C.

Does It Rain Much In Athens In WInter?

Rainfall continues to increase, peaking in December and January at around 70mm per month. Again, expect mostly short heavy downpours between sunny periods.

Sunshine Hours In Athens In Greece

Athens sees four hours of sunshine a day in its gloomiest months, which is quadruple the sunshine expectancy for London at the same time.

Spring Weather in Athens

Like autumn, spring is a great time to visit Athens with pleasant temperatures and low rainfall.

How Hot Is Athens In Spring?

Daytime highs begin to hit the 20s by April, and by May it starts to get hot. Rainfall is low in spring just about 20 to 35mm per month and the sun comes out for longer and longer. 

As with anywhere, the weather averages in Athens only tell part of the story. Weather can vary year to year, especially recently.

Visit in August and you might find it's an enjoyable 30°C, or then again you could be sweltering in 45° heat. In winter, you might enjoy sunshine with temperatures in the teens, or you could find yourself at -5° in a snowstorm!

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