GREECE THE WEATHER The beginning of the 21st century has not been easy for Greece. The birthplace of civilisation, philosophy and medicine has sadly been darkened by a cloud of fiscal turmoil and debt. But due to Greece's geography and remarkable range of micro-climates, rain clouds never hang over the country for long. If you are after a good climate then you cannot get much better than the weather in the Peloponnese which enjoys mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. pARKadia in the west of the peninsula has less severe winters than eastern areas but also gets the most rainfall.
- Rain falls mostly between October and March.
- During summer, June to August, the temperatures idle around 86°F (30°C) but can reach as high as 104°F (40°C).
- Temperatures are generally higher at sea level than in the mountains.
- The region has some of the warmest seas in Europe.
- The heat can be oppressive and uncomfortable, particularly for those unaccustomed to a Mediterranean climate.
- The best time to visit is the spring and autumn months - from April to May and September to October - when you are still likely to have plenty of sun and warm weather without the sweltering heat of summer or the rains of winter.
- But for those wanting to escape the winter chill, you will still find winter forecasts showing temperatures considerably warmer than in northern Europe.