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The climate of Crete (Greece)
Crete is Greece’s largest island and is situated in the Mediterranean Sea. Crete has a long history starting with the Minoan period. The most popular archaeological attraction dating from this period is the Palace at Knossos. This Minoan palace was almost completely excavated and restored in the last century. After the Minoan period the island was ruled by Romans, Arabs, Byzantines, Venetians and Turks. In most of the old city centers remains can still be found from these periods. The cities of Chania and Rethymno still have Venetian ports. After these periods the island was independent for several years, then it became part of Greece. Nowadays Crete is one of the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean Sea; each year millions of people come here to enjoy the sun, sea and everything else the island has to offer. The northern part of the island especially is popular with youngsters and people who come to Crete to enjoy the sun, sea and beach. The southern part of Crete is much less touristy. People who want to enjoy some peace and quiet and want to experience the authentic Greece countryside visit this part. Bear in mind that the sea is rougher on the south side of the island than on the north side.
Crete has a warm Mediterranean climate strongly influenced by its location in the Mediterranean Sea. Summers are warm and very dry. During the day temperatures are 30 degrees on average. Cities on the coast get a refreshing sea breeze. Cities in the interior hardly get any wind; it may feel warmer here than it actually is. During the warmest days of the year temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius are not uncommon here. Winters are much colder but still mild. Most precipitation can be expected during the winter.


Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for the island of Crete. The south western part gets more precipitation than the north eastern part. Small deviations in temperature can be recorded on the island.

Specific climate information is available for the following places:

Agios Nikolaos, Chania, Hersonissos, Elounda, Gouves, Heraklion, Ierapetra, Koutouloufari, Malia, Myrtos and Rethymno.

temperature (°C)


temperature (°C)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (°C)
January 14 8 4 11 16
February 15 8 5 10 15
March 17 9 6 7 15
April 20 11 8 5 16
May 24 15 10 3 19
June 28 20 12 1 22
July 31 22 12 1 24
August 31 23 12 1 25
September 27 19 10 2 24
October 23 16 6 5 22
November 20 12 5 7 20
December 16 10 4 12 17
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but don’t present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures don’t always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate information for each month of the year:

chance of
(very) hot


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(very) cool
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chance of
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sunny days


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