The climate in Greece is typical of the central Mediterranean area; summers are warm and dry with plenty of sunshine, while the winter months remain mild, with some rain.
In summer months, the dry hot days are frequently cooled by seasonal winds called the "Meltemi."
These dry winds blowing in from the north (though beneficial
) can sweep quickly across Greek waters, and at times cause problems for small boats and even hydrofoils.
Athens and eastern Greece are generally dry throughout the year, with little rainfall. The northern and western mountain regions receive more precipitation, and in winter those mountains are usually snow-covered for a few months.
January and February are the coldest months with low temperatures ranging near 40 degrees. The winters are milder in the southern islands, with infrequent rains. In the upper elevations of the north, freezing temperatures are somewhat common.
July and August are the warmest months in Greece, with average high temperatures right at 88 degrees.
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