This report describes the typical weather at the Kos Island International Airport (Ippokratis) (Kos, Greece) weather station over the course of an average August. It is based on the historical records from 1983 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Kos has a mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and mild winters. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (85%), croplands (12%), and shrublands (3%).
The month of August is characterized by gradually falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 86°F throughout the month, exceeding 93°F or dropping below 80°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of August, the length of the day is decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 1:02 hours, implying an average day-over-day decrease of 2.0 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is August 31 with 12:59 hours of daylight; the longest day is August 1 with 14:01 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:18am on August 1; the latest sunset is at 8:18pm on August 1; the latest sunrise is at 6:42am on August 31; the earliest sunset is at 7:41pm on August 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in 2012 but it neither starts nor ends in August, so the entire month is in daylight time.
The median cloud cover is 29% (mostly clear) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On August 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 9% of the time, partly cloudy 3% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 1% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 2%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout August, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms, light rain, and moderate rain.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 36% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around August 30, when it is observed during 1% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 36% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around August 31, when it is observed during 2% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 26% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around August 30, when it is observed during 1% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in August or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 43% (comfortable) to 86% (very humid) over the course of a typical August, rarely dropping below 30% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 98% (very humid).
The air is driest around August 2, at which time the relative humidity drops below 50% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around August 15, rising above 79% (humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical August, the dew point typically varies from 58°F (comfortable) to 69°F (muggy) and is rarely below 50°F (very comfortable) or above 73°F (very muggy).
Over the course of August typical wind speeds vary from 6 mph to 19 mph (light breeze to fresh breeze), rarely exceeding 24 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 13 mph (moderate breeze) occurs around August 1, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 19 mph (fresh breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 12 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around August 31, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 18 mph (fresh breeze).