The southernmost of the Greek isles, Crete enjoys mild winters and searing hot summers. Visitors may be disappointed if they visit during Crete's rainy months (January, February, March)  when temperatures are, on average, between 10 and 15 degrees celsius (50 degrees and 59 degrees in fahrenheit). Visitors during these months are usually mountaineers or those seeking a city break in Heraklion or Chania. 

However, it is important to be aware of the different climates of North and South Crete.  For example it can be cold and grey in Agios Nikolaos but some 30km south in Ierapetra you can be in sunshine. This is because of the spine of mountains running East-West which form a barrier to clouds arriving from the North. The prevailing winds are from the North or North West, in the latter case the White mountains create rain shadow for the East, so if its clear skies you want you are better off to the East of Plakias. There is a downside to this; the same mountain ranges create stronger winds in the South and you may need to seek a sheltered bay for sunbathing. Mid October to Xmas is possibly the best time of year in the South with consistently calm and sunny days.

During late April and May, as well as September and October, the climate is "sweet" and "tourist friendly;" therefore it's easier to enjoy sun, beaches and walks. The main difference between spring and autumn are that in spring, sea water is still cold but nature is blooming crazy and vice versa in autumn - the sea is warm and nature is not as wild as spring .

During the summer months (June, July, August), temperatures should be expected to reach 35 degrees celsius (or 95 degrees fahrenheit). This is often tempered by North winds blowing down the Aegean. You should pack strong sun protection if needs be and plan to stay out of the sun during the peak hours (12pm to 3pm).


Weather Information 

An original weather information resource is on the weather page which has a diary-like progress report of the weather each month in Crete.

The weather in the winter is mild and cooler than the warm (hot) summers but that's why you should walk on Crete in the low season months, when also Hotels mainly in the cities around the island have fantastic offers. You may stay here even all winter if you wish to escape your own country's cold and rainy days.