Crete Weather, When to Go and Climate Information

(Crete, Greece)

Marina picture taken in the summerThe Mediterranean climate of Crete boasts hot, sunny summer weather, followed by particularly mild and inviting winters. Crete is one of the most sunny parts of Greece and is islands enjoys more than 300 days of sunny weather every single year.

Crete is actually the sunniest of all the Mediterranean islands after Cyprus, and also features one of the longest and warmest climates. In fact, it is quite possible to swimming from the island's southern shore as early as April, with the waters remaining warm right up to the end of November.

Photograph of boats in the sunshine

Seasonal Climate Variations / When to Go

Influenced by the adjacent North African climate zone, Crete can experience periods of high humidity, although this really depends on how close you are staying to the sea. Between July and August, there is rarely any rainy weather whatsoever and the temperature of the sea stays at a very enticing 25°C / 77°F or thereabouts.

Although the thermometer sees averages of around 30°C / 86°F in the height of summer Crete can experience highs soaring to 40°C / 104°F or more. Thankfully, the climate is often cooled down by the arrival of the 'meltemi' breezes, which also sweep across eastern Greece and adjacent Aegean Islands.

These spells of windy weather quickly reduce any humidity, although it can drastically affect ferry timetables, causing delays at times. There is also the possibility of further 'sirocco' winds in Crete, anytime between May and August, which are know to blow sand over from as far away as Africa.

Crete Weather and Climate Chart (Averages)



13°C / 55°F
5°C / 41°F


15°C / 59°F
6°C / 43°F


16°C / 61°F
7°C / 45°F


18°C / 64°F
10°C / 50°F


26°C / 79°F
15°C / 59°F


28°C / 82°F
17°C / 63°F


30°C / 86°F
20°C / 68°F


31°C / 88°F
21°C / 70°F


26°C / 79°F
18°C / 64°F


24°C / 75°F
13°C / 55°F


19°C / 66°F
10°C / 50°F


14°C / 57°F
7°C / 45°F