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Climate

The weather conditions of the Cyclades (dry and temperate climate), allow the visitor to get acquainted with nature and its beauties throughout the whole year - with the well known calmness of winters and the freshness that the annual winds offer in periods with high temperatures.

It rains seldom in the Cyclades, with the exception of the mountainous parts of Tinos, Naxos, Kea and Andros where the more frequent rainfall provides rich vegetation and many natural springs. The mountains of these islands are often covered by dense snow for several days in the winter.

The remaining islands are covered by bushy vegetation, with an enormous wealth and variety of endemic aromatic plants and herbs with rare pharmaceutical attributes, due to the soft temperatures and lack of rainfall.

The Cyclades possess the characteristics of a temperate marine climate: soft dry winters and pleasant summers. Another characteristic of the climate is the large amount of sunlight, which can exceed 3.000 hours annually.

The average annual temperature ranges between 14 and 19 C degrees and very often sudden changes occur due to the unstable conditions. The clouds are relatively infrequent and the humidity ranges between 65 and 72,5%.

Winter in the Cyclades

The colder months are January and February, where the average minimal temperature ranges from 5-10 C. Bad winter weather is often interrupted during January and the first two weeks  of February by sunlight days, the occur since antiquity "Alkyonides days".

The good weather intervals at the month of January or February in Greece are known as Alkyonides days. The myth says the god Poseidon-Neptune offered these days to the kingfishers (alkyones birds) so that their eggs could be hatched in the rocks of alkyon islands, where they reside.

In the coastal regions of the islands, snowfall occurs more seldom and does not constitute basic characteristic of the climate. In the most mountainous islands of Cyclades such as Naxos, Tinos and Andros snowfall is observed, but at a short duration of time.

There are few rainfalls during the winter months.

Spring in the Cyclades

Spring has a small duration, due to soft winters and early summertime’s.

Summertime in the Cyclades

Summertime is soft, while the sea breeze keeps the high temperatures of the season at a moderate level.

Rains are minimal while the "meltemia" (summer winds) constitute a substantial weather phenomenon during this period. They are winds that blow from northeast to northwest with high intensity between the middle of July until the middle of September.

The warmest period is the one of the last 10 days of July and first of August, when the medium highest temperature range between 29 up to 35 C.

Autumn in the Cyclades

Fall is long and hot and many times it is extended until the middle of December.