Greece Climate & Weather

Because of its Mediterranean climate, Greece enjoys long, hot, dry summers and mild winters. Summer temperatures in Greece are tempered by the Etesian northerly wind, which blows across the Aegean Sea, and breezes called 'Meltemia'. However, mercury on the mainland regularly hits the high spots.

Winters are mild and wet, though rainfall is generally low in most of Greece. Rainfall is heaviest in the mountainous regions, where snow is likely and temperatures can get severe.

Summer (between June and August) is Greece's peak holiday season, when the heat and sunshine attract millions of beach lovers. June and September are also lovely, hot times to visit, and are slightly less crowded.

Autumn is generally a pleasant time to visit Greece for travellers who prefer milder conditions. Winter falls between December and February, and sees the coldest, most variable weather. While it's the least popular time to visit, travellers looking to explore Greece's cultural and historical attractions should not be put off.

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