August Weather Averages for Santorini

What's the Weather Like in Santorini in August

Just like July, August is one of the busiest months of the year to visit Santorini, Greece. During this month, high summer temperatures, a low probability of rainfall and almost constant sunshine attracts huge numbers of families and couples alike. If you can travel outside the school holidays and don't like crowds, you're best off skipping August and visiting Santorini at the beginning of July or the end of September when the crowds ...

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  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 29°C 85°F
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  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 25°C 77°F

What's the Weather Like in Santorini in August

Just like July, August is one of the busiest months of the year to visit SantoriniGreece. During this month, high summer temperatures, a low probability of rainfall and almost constant sunshine attracts huge numbers of families and couples alike. If you can travel outside the school holidays and don't like crowds, you're best off skipping August and visiting Santorini at the beginning of July or the end of September when the crowds will be smaller and the prices will be cheaper.

Temperature

Throughout this month, the average temperature for Santorini starts off at 27°C on August 1st and slowly cools down until it reaches 25.5°C by August 31st. Daily highs and daily lows change in the same fashion, falling from 30°C to 28°C and from 24°C to 23°C, respectively, as the month progresses.

With average temperatures this high, you won't need to pack anything warmer than beachwear in order to stay comfortable. Make sure you bring plenty of light and airy clothing with you for the daytime, as well as enough swimming gear for when you want to cool off in the sea or the swimming pool. A thin jumper or cardigan might come in handy on an evening, in case the temperatures are cooler than expected. Even if you don't normally burn, it's worth bringing a pair of sunglasses and some suntan lotion, too, in order to avoid suffering from sunburn or heatstroke during your holiday.

Although it only happens on rare occasions, temperatures can sometimes rise above 32°C or fall below 21°C in Santorini at this time of year. In recent times, the hottest August day ever recorded on the island saw temperatures rise up to 38°C, whilst the coldest August day ever recorded in Santorini saw temperatures plummet down to 19°C.

Rain

Throughout the month, the island receives an average of 0mm of rainfall, which means you probably won't experience as much as a five minute shower during your holiday. The probability of rainfall occurring on any given day in August quickly increases as the month develops. Rainfall is most likely to make an appearance on August 31st when it falls on 5% of days. At the other end of the scale, rainfall is least likely to occur around August 1st, when it only falls on 1% of days. If you are unlucky enough to experience some precipitation during your holiday in Santorini in August, it will most likely be thunderstorms, moderate rain or light rain.

Sunshine Hours

Across August, Santorini boasts an average of 13 hours of sunshine each day – that's one hour less each day than in July. With so many hours of sunshine available to enjoy every single day, you'll have plenty of chances to soak up the sun by the pool or at the beach.

Average Sea Temperature

If you do fancy spending a day at the beach during your holiday, you'll be happy to hear that the average sea water temperature for the beaches in Santorini in August is 25°C – that's 1°C warmer than in July. This temperature is perfect for all sorts of water activities, including swimming, water sports, snorkelling and scuba diving, which is why you'll see so many people on the beaches at this time of year.

Throughout August, the length of the day in Santorini is gradually decreasing, with a difference of 1:01 hours between the start and the end of the month. August 1st is the longest day of the month, with 13:59 hours of daylight, whilst August 31st is the shortest day of the month with 12:58 hours of daylight.

Humidity 

During this month, the relative humidity for the island fluctuates between 48% (comfortable) and 79% (humid), rarely exceeding 91% (very humid) or falling below 38% (comfortable). On average, the most humid day of the month is August 31st when the average daily humidity exceeds 73% three days out of every four. At the other end of the scale, the least humid day is usually around August 16th, when the average daily humidity drops below 53% three days out of every four.

Wind

In August, normal wind speeds in Santorini range between 2 m/s (light breeze) and 9 m/s (fresh breeze), rarely rising above 12 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) usually happens around August 17th when the average daily maximum is 9 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 6 m/s normally occurs around August 31st when the average daily maximum is 9 m/s.

Santorini Hotels in August

When it comes to superb accommodation at an affordable price, you can't beat Anassa Deluxe Suites. This four-star hotel is located in Kamari, only a short walk away from numerous beaches, bars, restaurants, shops and other local attractions. Here guests can choose between studios, deluxe rooms and a number of different suites, guaranteeing something for all budgets and group sizes. Onsite services and facilities are extensive and include swimming pool, solarium, snack bar, café, free WiFi access, gym and sauna.

Situated in Imerovigli, Santorini Princess is superb for couples in search of a romantic getaway. This luxury spa hotel is located only a short drive away from Fira, providing the perfect base for holidaymakers who want to explore. Here you'll find accommodation in the form of apartments which can sleep between two and four people, as well as superior rooms and honeymoon suites. Guests are invited to take full advantage of the amenities and services available which include bars, restaurants, spa, swimming pool, 24-hour reception and hair salon.

If you're travelling in a large group, you're best off staying in a villa instead of numerous hotel rooms or apartments. The recently-renovated Turquoise Tranquillity Villa is located in Oia and is comprised of numerous different cave houses which can sleep up to seven guests in total. The villa comes with everything you could possibly need to enjoy your holiday, including living room, fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms with Jacuzzis, sun terraces and free WiFi access.

Santorini Beach for August 

Make the most of the hot summer weather by spending a day at the beach during your holiday in Santorini. If you're interested in getting an all-over tan, consider sunbathing at Vylchada Beach. When you approach the beach, you'll see that it is split up into two sections – the side to your left is for regular sunbathing and the side to your right is for nude sunbathing. The bay is made up of dark sands which stretch on for what seems like miles, providing you with plenty of room to lie down your towel, even in the busy summer months. If you wish, you can pay a small fee in return for using the sun loungers and parasols for the day. Whilst the sea is normally calm, the waves can get a bit rough as they break on the shore, so make sure you stay aware when you're in the water.

Families on holiday with young children should consider spending the day at Monolithos Beach. Situated 9km away from Fira, this bay is made up of dark, fine sands which gently slope into shallow waters, providing the ideal conditions for adults to swim and for children to play in. Thanks to the shallow depth of the sea, waves are practically non-existent here, which makes it even better for the little ones to enjoy. You'll find all the usual beach facilities available here, including sun loungers and shades which are available to hire, numerous bars and restaurants nearby, children's play area, volleyball courts and basketball courts.

Bars and Restaurants 

Vegetarians struggling to find somewhere decent to eat should think about dining at Tranquilo. This beachside restaurant is located in Perissa and serves a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes, many of which are healthy, too. The portions are absolutely huge, so if you're not really that hungry, definitely share your meal with someone else in your group.

If you're staying in Kamari, definitely take the time to visit Restaurant Alexander. One of the best value-for-money restaurants in the area, this eatery is normally very busy, so try and book in advance if you can. The menu is packed full of all sorts of Greek cuisine, including lamb stefado, gorgonzola pork fillet and moussaka. Live entertainment is normally available throughout the night in the form of Greek musicians and singers.

Couples celebrating a special occasion should consider dining at La Maison. Located in Imerovigli, this restaurant boasts a romantic atmosphere, professional service and fantastic food. Diners can choose between a great selection of Greek starters, mains and desserts, all of which are presented in a modern, stylish way.

Almira Restaurant is one of the most highly-regarded restaurants in the whole of Santorini, making it a must-visit during your holiday. Here you'll find a menu brimming with local specialities, including bifteki with feta dip, country sausages and pork skewers. The wine list features a number of international and local bottles, which is sure to please all discerning wine lovers.

Things to do in Santorini in August

Oia Village

Santorini is famed for its incredible sunsets and one of the best places to see them is in Oia. There is a number of different tours which you can join if you want to be taken straight to the best spot, or you can explore the site yourself and decide where you'd like to watch it. There are loads of bars boasting seafront locations which provide the ideal place from which to watch the sunset, but if they're all full you can head to the coast for just as good a view. However you decide to watch the sunset, make sure you bring a camera so you can capture the image forever.

Santorini Water Park

Cool off from the summer sun by spending a day at the Santorini Water Park. Located at Perissa beach, this water park features a number of clean swimming pools and water slides suitable for adults and children alike. There are plenty of sun loungers available for the adults to use whilst the children have the time of their lives in the playground, too. Additional services and facilities available onsite include lifeguards, pool bar, restaurant and gift shop. Keep in mind that August will be the busiest time of the year to visit the water park, so make sure you get there early if you want to get a good spot and ride on the slides before the queues get too long.

Palea Kameni

If you're up for an excursion during your holiday in Santorini, how about visiting Palea Kameni? This island is accessible via a short boat ride from the main island which can be booked at numerous excursion kiosks along the coast. A cheaper alternative to a day at a spa, the waters around Palea Kameni are full of minerals which will leave your skin feeling great for days after. Far away from the crystal clear waters which Santorini is known for, the sea around the island is quite muddy, so make sure you take some swimming gear that you don't mind getting dirty.

Sports and Activities

The warm summer temperatures make August a great month to practise water sports. Wave Sports Club is located in the south east of the island and provides a huge range of aquatic activities to choose from, guaranteeing something for everyone to enjoy. Visitors can choose between jet ski safaris, parasailing, jet skiing, extreme inflatables, windsurfing, wake boarding, water skiing, pedalo-hire, canoeing, stand-up paddle and scuba diving, all of which are available for reasonable prices. Water sport excursions can get booked up fast in the summer months, so try and book ahead if possible in order to avoid disappointment.

August events in Santorini

Festival

Megaron Gyzi Festival

1st August 2018 to 31st August 2018

The Megaron Gyzi Festival takes place in the centre of Fira during the first three weeks of August - the busiest time of the year for Santorini. The festival focuses on all sorts of cultural events, from theatrical performances and lectures to music concerts (mostly jazz, vocal and classical) and art exhibitions. Most of the events are completely free to enjoy. In 2014, the Megaron Gyzi Festival featured a printmaking exhibition entitled Copper Engravings, with 42 engravings created by Panagiotis Tetsis and Lambros Orfanos.

Website:

http://www.megarogyzi.gr/index.php/en/

Kamari Sea Fest

1st August 2018 to 31st August 2018

The Kamari Sea Fest is a 4 day festival held at Kamari Beach in the village of Esiskopi. It's comprised of beachside music concerts, parties on the beach, a market held at Panagia Episkopi and a traditional Greek feast in Mesa Gonia. Dates for this event are yet to be confirmed.

Religious

Prophet Elias’ Day

2nd August 2018

Prophet Elias’ Day is celebrated in Pyrgos, with special masses taking place inside the Prophet Elias Monastery at the top of the mountain. After the masses, a feast is enjoyed, made up of a selection of bread, cheese and olives. The highlight of the event is the evening prayer session, which all the clergymen of the island take part in. Prophet Elias’ Day is also celebrated in the Chapel of Prophet Elias in Imerovigli.

Agioi Epta Paedes

4th August 2018

Known as The Day of the Holy Seven Youths of Ephesus in English, Agioi Epta Paedes is celebrated in Oia. The main events take place inside a chapel tucked inside a cave inside the caldera which is located between Oia and Imerovigli. The highlights of the event are the music concerts and the grand feast which is made up of all sorts of local food and wines.

The Assumption of the Virgin

15th August 2018

The Assumption of the Virgin is held at the Church of Panagia Episkopi in Mesa Gonia, which you'll find between Fira and Kamari. This event marks the day that Mary was believed to ascend to heaven. The big feast is held inside the most impressive church on the island and features a selection of beans and fava which are cooked in large pots. This religious festival is also celebrated in numerous other locations throughout Santorini, including the Panagia Kalou Chapel in Pori.

Festival of Koimiseos of Panagia

15th August 2018

The Festival of Koimiseos of Panagia is held in Akrotiri. It features a big feast with free flowing wine, music concerts, dancing, special masses in local churches, such as Church of Koimiseos of Panagia, and street parties throughout the village.

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