Weather in Crete

Weather in Crete

The Cretan climate is friendly all year round. Crete’s location means that it sits in two climate zones – the Mediterranean and the North African. Mainly, Crete enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and hot and humid summers.

Winters are fairly mild and while snowfall is common on the mountains between November and May, it rarely shows in the coastal areas. A Cretan summer will generally enjoy temperatures from the high 20s-low 30s (Celsius), with maximum temperatures reading the upper 30s to mid 40s.

Traditionally, travellers make plans to visit Crete during the months of April through to September, which is the most popular period for tourists wanting that burst of summer sun and warmth. But since even the winters are friendly in Crete, more and more travellers are opting to visit during the months of October through to March, when Crete is not so crowded.

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Average Temperature – Heraklion
January 12.0°C
February 12.2°C
March 13.6°C
April 16.6°C
May 20.3°C
June 24.3°C
July 26.1°C
August 25.9°C
September 23.5°C
October 19.9°C
November 16.6°C
December 13.8°C


Rainfall Humidity – Heraklion (Relative Humidity)
January 68.0%
February 66.2%
March 66.1%
April 62.0%
May 61.0%
June 56.6%
July 56.7%
August 58.1%
September 61.5%
October 65.7%
November 67.6%
December 67.8%


Daily Sunshine – Heraklion (Hours:Minutes)
January 3:48
February 4:18
March 5:42
April 7:36
May 9:42
June 11:42
July 12:00
August 11:12
September 9:24
October 6:48
November 5:00
December 3:54