This report describes the typical weather at the Santorini (Thira) National Airport (Santorini (Thira), Greece) weather station over the course of an average February. It is based on the historical records from 1996 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Santorini (Thira) has a hot desert climate. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (96%) and croplands (2%).
The month of February is characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 58°F throughout the month, exceeding 65°F or dropping below 50°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of February, the length of the day is gradually increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 59 minutes, implying an average day-over-day increase of 2.0 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is February 1 with 10:24 hours of daylight; the longest day is February 29 with 11:23 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:50am on February 29; the latest sunset is at 6:12pm on February 29; the latest sunrise is at 7:20am on February 1; the earliest sunset is at 5:44pm on February 1.
Daylight saving time is observed in 2012 but it neither starts nor ends in February, so the entire month is in standard time.
The median cloud cover is 65% (partly cloudy) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On February 15, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 13% of the time, partly cloudy 22% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 30% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 34%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout February, the most common forms of precipitation are light rain, thunderstorms, moderate rain, and heavy rain.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 41% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 12, when it is observed during 14% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 24% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around February 2, when it is observed during 9% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 20% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 1, when it is observed during 7% of all days.
Heavy rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 10% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 7, when it is observed during 4% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in February or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 56% (mildly humid) to 83% (humid) over the course of a typical February, rarely dropping below 43% (comfortable), or exceeding 94% (very humid).
The air is driest around February 20, at which time the relative humidity drops below 63% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around February 24, rising above 77% (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 February, the dew point typically varies from 39°F (dry) to 48°F (dry) and is rarely below 30°F (dry) or above 55°F (comfortable).
Over the course of February typical wind speeds vary from 6 mph to 22 mph (light breeze to fresh breeze), rarely exceeding 31 mph (high wind).
The highest average wind speed of 15 mph (moderate breeze) occurs around February 4, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 21 mph (fresh breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 14 mph (moderate breeze) occurs around February 29, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 21 mph (fresh breeze).