is blessed with a temperate Mediterranean climate. Winters are generally
mild and wet with little or no frost, which accounts for the lush green
vegetation in the spring. The island mountains receive abundant rain with
snow at the higher levels. In April and May temperatures rise steadily
with sharp showers slowly dying out. By June rainfall drops dramatically
and temperatures soar. September rains are much more likely while
temperatures still remain high. Rain by October often continues throughout
the winter months. There are significant differences between the coastal
zone and the mountainous areas, as well as between the west and the east
part of Crete, when it comes to the weather conditions.
mountains of Crete form an East-West barrier to prevailing northerly winds
and they trap the clouds sweeping down the Aegean. The result is that it
may be grey and wet in the north, but sunny on the south coast where often
the clouds do not extend over the sea.