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The climate of Heraklion on the island of Crete (Greece)
Heraklion is the capital of Crete and is located on the central north coast of the island. For most tourists Heraklion is the starting point of their holiday on Crete because most of the airplanes land on the nearby airport. However, most tourists donít stay here. The city is rather busy with a lot of traffic in the old center. The biggest tourist attraction is situated at about 5 kilometers from the city: the capital of Minoan Crete, Knossos. This Minoan palace complex has been largely excavated. Knossos probably is the biggest tourist attraction of Crete. Heraklion has a Mediterranean climate influenced by the Mediterranean Sea. Summers are pleasantly warm and very dry. During the warmest days of the year an ever blowing sea breeze offers some cooling. Winters are much colder and much wetter. During autumn, winter and spring Crete is rather a green island, despite its southern location.

 

Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for Heraklion.

average
 maximum
temperature (įC)

average
minimum

temperature (įC)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (įC)
January 14 7 4 11 16
February 14 8 5 10 15
March 15 8 6 7 15
April 19 11 8 5 16
May 23 14 10 4 19
June 27 18 12 1 22
July 30 21 12 1 24
August 31 23 11 1 25
September 27 20 10 3 24
October 22 16 6 5 22
November 19 12 5 6 20
December 15 9 4 12 18
= 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 donít present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures donít 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

weather

chance of
(very) cool
weather
chance of
long-term

precipitation
chance of
hurricanes
(cyclones)
chance of
sunny days

UV-index

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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Disclaimer
The information at this site was carefully composed from climate data collected by meteorological services, meteorological offices, climate experts and other sources. ďMore climate infoĒ is based on statistics, climate data and personal experience. No rights can be derived from this site. Weather has no memory and gives no guaranties. Nothing is as changeable and unpredictable as the weather. The authors of this site feel in no way responsible for any damages caused by misinterpretation or other circumstances that may influence your holiday or trip to a certain destination. We provide information, itís up to the reader to use it to itís benefit.

 

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