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The average temperatures on Crete per month.


Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

Mai

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Temp. max C

15°

15°

16°

20°

23°

27°

29°

29°

27°

24°

20°

16°

Temp. min C

9°C

9°C

10°

12°

15°

19°

22°

22°

20°

17°

14°

11°

Sunshine /day

3h

5h

6h

8h

10h

12h

13h

12h

10h

6h

6h

4h

Water average

16°

15°

16°

16°

19°

22°

24°

25°

24°

23°

20°

17°

Usually in our region the air and water temperature is 2-3 degrees higher than the average on Crete.

The weather on Crete in general is characterized by mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. The climate of Crete is a temperate Mediterranean climate. In the Messara plain area we have a special micro climate, which is more similar to the one of North Africa than the one of rest of Greece.

There are significant differences between the coastal zone and the mountainous areas when it comes to the weather conditions.
The mountains of Crete form an East-West barrier to prevailing northerly winds and they trap the clouds sweeping down the aegean. The result is that it may be grey and wet in the north, but sunny on the south coast where often the clouds do not extend over the sea. There's also quite a huge difference in rain falls between Heraklion and here (approx. double rain fall at the North coast), due to the mountains protecting us from clouds/rain coming from the north. The coastal zone in the south has dry summer and mild winter (very often there's rain in the North, but sunny weather down here). The rainy season starts in late October and lasts till March or even April. Snowfalls are extremely rare in the coastal zone of Crete, but yearly on the mountains.

 
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