Crete Climate & Weather

Crete Climate and Weather

Crete has a largely Mediterranean climate but with some influences from the North African weather patterns. Crete enjoys a temperate climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Temperatures in July and August, which is peak summer, range from 86ºF (30ºC) during the day to 72ºF (22ºC) at night, although it can get significantly hotter during heat waves. Rainfall is almost non-existent in summer but showers can be expected between October and April. The mountains of Crete can get snowfall in the winter months but snow is rare on the rest of the island. Crete can get rather humid which some people find uncomfortable and although summer on the island is unceasingly popular and the peak tourist season it is probably best to visit during spring or autumn when you can avoid the crowds and the worst of the heat while still enjoying warm weather, sun and relatively warm seas. September is a good month to visit, as is May. September, the beginning of autumn, is great because the sea is still really warm but most of the tourists have dispersed - the only drawback is that the island is quite dry at this time of year. May, which is late spring, is a pretty time on Crete and a very good period for hikers; by May the sea has generally warmed up sufficiently for swimming.

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