Spring (March - May)
Most days are clear and warm, although you will probably need warm clothes if you
want to eat al fresco in the evenings. The last of the winter showers usually finish
by Easter. The fields are full of flowers and everything is green. Day temperatures
are usually 20-25°C, and the sea is just about warm enough to swim in.
Summer (June - September)
It is unusual to have clouds, let alone rain. Shorts and T-shirt weather, and plenty
of sun-cream if you intend to hit the beach. The sea is beautifully warm. Buy a
fan for your bedroom and be prepared to wilt sometimes. Smart people wear cotton
trousers, tops and open sandals in the evenings. Apart from the vineyards and olive
groves, the fields turn dry, brown and crunchy, much like Shredded Wheat. Day temperatures
are usually 25-35°C. The north-west meltemi cool wind is the normal situation, and provides a welcome relief. When occasionally we get a hot southerly scirocco wind from the Sahara, it is not pleasant at all; very sticky and with heat waves up to 40-45°C, usually for a few days in August. The afternoon siesta is not a luxury
but a necessity, because otherwise we would be too tired to sit outside talking
with our friends until 2am.
Winter (December - February)
This is when we get our rain for the year! A mixture of bright, warm days interspersed
with long periods of heavy rain, sometimes horizontal with Beaufort 8+ winds. You
will often need to wear waterproofs and warm clothing, and turn on your central
heating at night. Snow (apart from the last 3 years!) is rare, although
it can be seen on the higher mountains. Day temperatures are usually 10-20°C, although
it can feel a lot colder in the wind and rain, and at night it can sometimes dip
as low as 5°C.