Weather in Crete


Crete straddles two climatic zones, the Mediterranean and the North African, mainly falling within the former ,as such, the climate in Crete is primarily temperate. The atmosphere can be quite humid, depending on the proximity to the sea, while winter is fairly mild. Snowfall is common on the mountains between November and May, but rare at the low lying areas - especially near the coast when it only stays on the ground for a few minutes/hours. During the Cretan summer, average temperatures reach the high 20s-low 30s (Celsius), with maxima touching the upper 30s to mid 40s.The south coast, including the Messara plain and Asterousia mountains, falls in the North African climatic zone, and thus enjoys significantly more sunny days and high temperatures throughout the year. In southern Crete date palms bear fruit and swallows remain year-long, without migrating to Africa.

The average air and water temperatures per month:

Month                 Air        Water
January 16oC 16oC
February 16oC 15oC
March 17oC 16oC
April 21oC 17oC
May 24oC 19oC
June 28oC 21oC
July 29oC 24oC
August 30oC 25oC
September 27oC 24oC
October 24oC 23oC
November 21oC 20oC
December 17oC 17oC

 

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