Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Santorini Island Greece
In Santorini Island, the summers are warm, humid, arid, and clear; the winters are long, cool, and mostly clear; and it is windy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 49°F to 85°F and is rarely below 42°F or above 91°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Santorini Island for hot-weather activities is from mid June to mid September.
Average Temperature in Santorini Island
The hot season lasts for 3.2 months, from June 9 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 80°F. The hottest month of the year in Santorini Island is July, with an average high of 85°F and low of 74°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.9 months, from December 1 to March 29, with an average daily high temperature below 63°F. The coldest month of the year in Santorini Island is February, with an average low of 49°F and high of 58°F.
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
In Santorini Island, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Santorini Island begins around May 27 and lasts for 4.2 months, ending around October 2.
The clearest month of the year in Santorini Island is July, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 100% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 2 and lasts for 7.8 months, ending around May 27.
The cloudiest month of the year in Santorini Island is December, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 38% of the time.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Santorini Island varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.1 months, from October 23 to March 27, with a greater than 17% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in Santorini Island is December, with an average of 9.9 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
The drier season lasts 6.9 months, from March 27 to October 23. The month with the fewest wet days in Santorini Island is July, with an average of 0.2 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. The month with the most days of rain alone in Santorini Island is December, with an average of 9.9 days. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 34% on February 4.
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Santorini Island experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from September 25 to May 2, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The month with the most rain in Santorini Island is December, with an average rainfall of 2.7 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from May 2 to September 25. The month with the least rain in Santorini Island is July, with an average rainfall of 0.0 inches.
The length of the day in Santorini Island varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2023, the shortest day is December 22, with 9 hours, 41 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 39 minutes of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 5:59 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 37 minutes later at 7:36 AM on October 28. The earliest sunset is at 5:02 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 38 minutes later at 8:40 PM on June 29.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Santorini Island during 2023, starting in the spring on March 26, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 29.
The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2023. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
Santorini Island experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.1 months, from June 11 to October 16, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 12% of the time. The month with the most muggy days in Santorini Island is August, with 13.5 days that are muggy or worse.
The least muggy day of the year is February 26, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Santorini Island experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.9 months, from November 6 to April 2, with average wind speeds of more than 13.5 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Santorini Island is February, with an average hourly wind speed of 16.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.1 months, from April 2 to November 6. The calmest month of the year in Santorini Island is May, with an average hourly wind speed of 11.2 miles per hour.
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Santorini Island is from the north throughout the year.
Santorini Island is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.4 months, from June 25 to October 6, with an average temperature above 73°F. The month of the year in Santorini Island with the warmest water is August, with an average temperature of 75°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.6 months, from December 14 to May 1, with an average temperature below 63°F. The month of the year in Santorini Island with the coolest water is February, with an average temperature of 61°F.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Santorini Island throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Santorini Island for general outdoor tourist activities are from early May to mid July and from late August to mid October, with a peak score in the second week of June.
Tourism Score in Santorini Island
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Santorini Island for hot-weather activities is from mid June to mid September, with a peak score in the last week of July.
Beach/Pool Score in Santorini Island
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
Temperatures in Santorini Island are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.
Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from May 6 to August 24, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.2 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Santorini Island is June, with an average of 8.2 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from November 2 to February 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.5 kWh. The darkest month of the year in Santorini Island is December, with an average of 2.4 kWh.
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Santorini Island are 36.406 deg latitude, 25.457 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Santorini Island is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 0 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 0 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (0 feet). Within 50 miles is also essentially flat (0 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Santorini Island is covered by cropland (25%), water (25%), artificial surfaces (14%), and trees (13%), within 10 miles by water (90%), and within 50 miles by water (96%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Santorini Island, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
The details of the data sources used for this report can be found on the Santorini Airport page.
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