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Greece is perfect for those who enjoy the sun, as for over two thirds of the year the country basks under clear, sunny skies. Temperatures do vary, however. Winters are mild and rainy, with temperatures sometimes dropping to freezing point, especially in the north. Summers are long and dry, with extremes of 37°C (99°F), making the yearly mean temperature about 17°C (63°F). For those not overly fond of the heat, the mountainous areas offer some respite as they receive more rain in summer, and even snow in winter. 

The climate of Greece is mediterranean with summers that are usually hot and dry, and winters that can be quite cold and wet. The upper part of Greece can be very cold during the winter and snow is not uncommon. However, for the south and the islands, the winters will be milder. During the winter much of the country may have snow, and much snowfall can be expected in the higher mountains.

Summers in Greece are usually very hot, and in July and August temperatures usually reach 30 to 35°C, but sometimes even 40°C and more. It is recommended in these temperatures to stay out of the sun from 11.00 to 14.00 when the sun it at its strongest. There is a strong northern wind called the "Meltemi" which usually sweeps through the east coast during July and August, and this offers a welcome relief to the heat.

However, these winds can at times be very strong; this used to lead to the schedules of the ferryboats to the islands being severely disrupted, but with the advent of modern transportation this is now thankfully much rarer.

There is no weather station on Symi, so live information comes from Rhodes. In general, the temperatures on Symi will be a degree or two higher than on Rhodes. As well as the live weather information on this page, you can keep your eye on the Symi weather via our live webcam, which is online 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

In addition, you can keep up to date with the latest news and weather in Adriana Shum's twice weekly blog, follow And Ward's travel blog and ask any questions on our message board. There are also our Twitter feed and Facebook page to explore.


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This page was last updated on April 10th 2012