Crete's Weather

Crete's healthy Climate

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The climate in Crete is characterized by mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. It is a temperate, Mediterranean climate.

There are significant differences between the coastal zone and the mountainous areas, as well as between the western and the eastern part of Crete, when it comes to weather conditions.

Coastal zone: Dry summer, mild winter.

The rainy season starts in late October and lasts until March or even April.

Snowfalls are extremely rare in the coastal zone of Crete, especially so in the eastern part of the island.

The eastern part of Crete (Sitia area) is drier and warmer than the western part (Chania district).

This is obvious from the vegetation. Chania is a lot greener than the desert-like Sitia area.

The same difference applies to the north and the south coast of Crete, with the south coast being drier and warmer.

During July and August Crete gets very hot - mercury can soar to 40°C (100°F) in the shade and the beaches are crowded.

Weather in Crete

Conditions are ideal until the end of October. By November, the endless blue skies of summer have disappeared.

November to February, are the wettest months and snow falls on Crete's highest peaks.

The winter in the mountainous zone of Crete can be very cold with severe snowfalls.

It is not unusual for the roads to be closed due to snowfalls.

Up in the high summits of Mt Ida and the White Mountains the snow stays until late June.