One of the most frequent questions asked by guests before booking is “What kind of weather is expected during that period?”
Based on many years of experience and living in Greece, long-term weather forecasts are really not something to rely on when deciding on a vacation date.
Any forecast longer than a week is very often proven to be incorrect.
It happens that even the forecasted weather from today to tomorrow does not turn out to be correct.
When choosing the dates for your vacation, you should take into account some general information about the weather during the season, which has been confirmed from year to year.

The month of May is the time when the first tourists already swim in the sea in the north of Greece. The sea is still not warm enough, but the more resistant ones don’t mind. The sea temperature in May is around 21 degrees. May is usually a very nice time to enjoy the sea, but there can also be a rainy period, so it is better to go on vacation in May with a certain reserve as far as swimming is concerned. Don’t expect too much.

The beginning of June is somewhat warmer and last year, for example, the sea was also very warm and the weather was wonderful, unlike the year before last when the first half of June was cold. The average sea temperature in northern Greece is around 24 degrees in June, which is quite warm enough for swimming.

According to our experience, the weather in June is generally quite nice for vacationing, but surprises in the form of rainy days are also possible in June, so it is also advisable to consider that one, two or at most three days out of ten days may be cold for swimming. This applies primarily to the first half of June. The second half of June is mostly sunny and warm.
In July and August there are very few chances of rainy days or if it happens to rain (which is desirable) then it will be a short summer rain of ten minutes, after which sunbathing and swimming are immediately possible and even more pleasant.
The temperature of the sea in July and August is around 26-27 degrees and the Ionian and Aegean seas are similar, although many people think that one or the other is colder. Only those beaches near which there are underwater springs are cooler.
In the second half of August, Meltemi winds blow more often on the entire Greek coast. They produce waves, and whether they are stronger or weaker depends on the resort. If you do not like waves and wind, it is better to avoid this period.

September is a month that many people adore. The crowd is gone, the sea calms down, and it’s still warm. According to many, September is perfect for vacationing. The first half of September is usually without rainy and cold days, and the second half is a little colder.
However, there are no strict rules either, because you never know with the climate and sometimes it happens that the end of August and the beginning of September is colder and rainier than the second half of September.
In any case, you should go on vacation in the preseason and postseason with the assumption that there will be at least a few rainy and colder days. But what is certain is that there will always be beautiful and warm days.
And don’t forget, don’t rely too much on forecasts that are longer than a week!

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