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The climate in Greece

Weather in Greece

The climate in Greece is typical of the Mediterranean climate: mild and rainy winters, relatively warm and dry summers and, generally, extended periods of sunshine throughout most of the year.

Greece is situated at the most southeastern part of Europe, located between the 34° and 42° parallel N., with a meridional extent from 19° to 28° E. and borders the Aegean Sea, the Ionian Sea and the East Mediterranean Sea.
The climate in Greece is typical of the Mediterranean climate: mild and rainy winters, relatively warm and dry summers and, generally, extended periods of sunshine throughout most of the year. A great variety of climate subtypes, always within the Mediterranean climate frame, are encountered in several regions of Greece. This is due to the influence of topography (great mountain chains along the central part and other mountainous bodies) on the air masses coming from the moisture sources of the central Mediterranean Sea.
Thus the weather in Greece varies from the dry climate of Attiki (Athens’ greater area) and East Greece in general, to the wet climate of Northern and Western Greece.
In climatological terms, the year can be broadly subdivided into two main seasons: The cold and rainy period lasting from mid-October until the end of March, and the warm and dry season lasting from April until September.
During the first period the coldest months are January and February, with, a mean minimum temperature ranging, on average, between 5 -10 degrees Celsius near the coasts and 0 – 5 Celsius over the mainland, with lower values (generally below freezing) over the northern part of the country.
Long stretches of consecutive rainy days are infrequent in Greece, even during the winter, and the sky does not remain cloudy for more than a few days in a row, as it does in other regions of the world. “Bad weather” days in winter are often interrupted, during January and the first fortnight of February, with sunny days, known as ‘Halcyon days’ since ancient times.
The winter is milder in the Aegean and Ionian Islands compared to Northern and Eastern mainland Greece.
During the warm and dry period the weather is usually stable, the sky is clear, the sun is bright and there is generally no rainfall. There are, however, infrequent and brief intervals of rapid rain or thunderstorms chiefly over mainland areas.
The warmest period occurs during the last ten days of July and the first ten days of August, when the mean maximum temperature lies between 29.0 and 35.0 degrees Celsius. During the warm period the high temperatures are tempered by fresh sea breezes in the coastal areas of the country and from the north winds, known as ‘Etesian’, blowing mainly in the Aegean.

Hellenic National Meteorological Service

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Alcyone or Halcyon (Greek mythology). Daughter of Aeolus (god of the wind), and wife of Ceyx. Deeply in love, Alcyone and Ceyx jokingly addressed each other as Hera and Zeus. This vexed Zeus, who in his anger drowned Ceyx in a storm at sea, and transformed Alcyone into a kingfisher, bird of lakes, rivers and seas. Zeus also condemned her to lay her eggs during the winter when the waves and icy cold water would destroy the eggs and kill the young birds as they hatched. But Alcyone’s grief moved Zeus to pity, and he granted her a few days of good weather in the midst of winter to lay her eggs and see her baby birds live.

Halcyon days: A few days of good weather in the middle of winter: the seven days which precede the winter solstice, and the seven days which follow it, when it is said that Alcyone is preparing her nest.

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Heraklion.  Crete, Greece
Eleftheriou Venizelou Square, which the locals call Liondaria (Lions), is the best point to begin your tour of the city. In the centre of this small triangular square, the Morosini Fountain has been preserved in its original position - this is the famous
fountain which was built in 1628 by the Venetian Governor of the city, Francisco Morozini (a different person from the man who defended the city against the Turkish siege).
This is the heart of the city, a meeting-place and the centre of traffic 24 hours a day. Most of the shops around the square are patisseries and cafeterias that are always full. Here you will find the celebrated bougatsa (a sweet pie) shop “Kir-Kor” which, truly, makes excellent bougatsa but serves tiny portions and charges a lot for. In the far part of the square are the little bars frequented by young people.
Directly opposite the Liondaria is the Loggia, the Society of Venetian nobles which today has been restored and houses the Town Hall's Council Chamber. The Town Hall itself is housed in the restored building of the Venetian Barracks, next door to the Loggia.. Enclosed within the northern wall of the Town Hall is a sculpture which in the old days adorned another of the Venetians' fountains, the Sangrento Fountain that was situated at the north-west corner of the Loggia. Many years ago, opposite the Loggia and facing the Morozini fountain was the Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Palace), the seat of the Venetian Duke and his Council, a most elegant building of which nothing remains. The third building that completed the nucleus of Venetian Cadia was the church of St. Mark built in 1239, i.e. in the very early years of Venetian rule.

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