If you’re wondering whether the weather in Greece is always sunshine and gorgeous blue waters, unfortunately Greece like all other places in the world goes through fluctuations. You can get scorching hot weather in Greece during the summer and you can get snow in the winter. It just depends where and when you visit.
To clarify things a bit, here is what to expect from weather in Greece, by region and by season.
Three Regions of Greece
Greece’s climate is divided into three main categories:
The Mediterranean Climate
The Mediterranean climate is likely what you will experience in Greece because this climate encompasses most of Greece, including Athens, the Cyclades and Crete, which are the most popular areas and islands for tourists to visit. The summers are known to be dry and hot and the winters are known to be mild and wet, where rain lasts longer and it can even snow, although snow does not stick to the ground for long.
The hot days can be intense, with heatwaves known to occur. The evenings cool down, but still remain warm.
If you’re more of an explorer and want to see other areas of Greece outside the traditional tourist spots, if you venture west towards Epirus, Central Greece, Thessaly, Western Macedonia and parts of the Peloponnese like Achaea, Arkadia and Lakonia, the alpine climate is more likely what you will encounter.
Weather is harsh in the alpine area, with thnderstorms often in the summer and lots of snow in the winter. If you want to ski in Greece, this is the area you will go.
In Thessaly, Macedonia and Thrace, the temperature falls somewhere between Mediterranean and Alpine weather. Summers are hot, like the popular Greek islands, and heatwaves occur, but the winters are cold, with snow only a few times a year. Temperatures are much lower and weather is wetter than the tourist center of Greece.
So before packing your bag, check the weather in Greece to see if you need to pack for rain, snow, sunshine or all three.