WEATHER

 

Crete, 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. 

 

The 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.

 

The east part of Crete (Sitia area) is drier and warmer than the west part of Hania. This is obvious in the vegetation. Hania is a lot greener than the desert-like Sitia area. This difference applies between the north coast and the south coast of Crete, with the south coast being drier and warmer. 

 

The winter in the mountainous zone of Crete can be very cold with severe snowfalls. It is not unusual for the roads to be closed due to snowfalls. Up in the high summits of Mt Ida and the White Mountains the snow stays until late June.

 

3 DAY FORECAST
Courtesy of the National Observatory of Athens

 

 

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE °C

 

 

JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
12
13
14
17
24
24
26
26
24
20
16
14

 

RAINFALL IN DAYS

 

 

JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
14
11
8
6
3
1
0
0
2
6
8
9

 

SUNSHINE HOURS

 

 

JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
3
4
5
6
8
11
13
12
10
6
3
3

 

WATER TEMPERATURES °C

  

 

JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
17
17
17
18
20
22-24
24-26
26-27
24-26
22
20
18

 

 

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