Santorini Climate & Weather

Santorini Climate and Weather

Santorini is part of the Cyclades Island group, where the climate is almost typically Mediterranean but has some influences from the North African climate. The island lends itself to hot, dry weather in summer and mild winters. Temperatures in July and August, which is peak season for tourism, range from 86ºF (30ºC) during the day to 72ºF (22ºC) at night, although it can get hotter during heat waves. Summer is crowded and expensive on Santorini and it can get oppressively hot; however, summer never goes out of fashion as the peak time for visitors. Rainfall is almost non-existent in summer but showers can be expected between October and April. Despite the popularity of the hot months the best time to visit Santorini is probably during the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn. As with many of the Greek islands the best two months are arguably May - the end of spring, when the sea is getting warm again after winter and the island is green and pretty - and September - the beginning of autumn, when the ocean is still very warm, most tourists have departed and the rainy season has not yet begun. Depending on what you are planning for your holiday winter may be an option: it can get a bit cold and there may well be rain but the lack of crowds and cheaper accommodation are a big draw for some.

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