Mykonos Weather is famous both for its glorious sunshine and its turbulent winds. The sun shines for up to 300 hundred days a year and it is only every rainy between February and March. This arid climate means that there is very little natural vegetation.
Although temperatures can rise as high as 40 degrees in the summer months, the wind prevents the overbearing heat and averages of 28 degrees are most common. Winters are very mild with average temperatures of 15 degrees.
The island's location means that, as a rule of thumb, temperatures are 2 degrees warmer in winter and 2 degrees cooler in summer than Athens. The growing season for vegetation falls around the beginning of winter and ends in mid-summer.
There are two main types of wind in Mykonos. One hits the island during the winter, arriving from the south and sometimes accompanied by electrical storms. The “Sirocco”, a famous southern wind, carries sands from the desserts that boarder the Mediterranean which falls like red rain. In the summer wind comes from the north and the “Meltemi”, which blows during July and August, cools down the days.
Its good to know that if the wind is blowing from the north, make sure to pick a beach on the south side of the island and vice-versa.
Mykonos weather in Spring
Spring could be the best time to visit Mykonos with its warm days and plenty of sunshine but little rain. The beaches will be much quieter and free from tourists than the summer month, but it must be said that the nightlife is better in summer.
By May, the sea temperature has increased to 19°C and the sunshine hours to 12 per day, making this an extremely pleasant time of year to visit. Rainfall has decreased to around 33mm for the month compared to a rather high 94mm in March, so you can see the transformation in spring is remarkable. Rainfall does drop quite a lot in the course of spring and while March already is a fine month for a visit, May is arguably one of the best months of the year in Mykonos.
The temperatures rise rapidly throughout the season as well—from a 12°C average in March to 15°C in April to 19°C in May. The average daily high and low temperatures also increase in a similar matter, respectively from 15°C to 23°C and from 8°C to 14°C.
Mykonos weather in Summer
The weather in high summer, during July and August, features daytime temperatures reaching into the 30s, causing people to flock to the island and enjoy the long and sunny afternoons and then experience the nightlife in the many bars and clubs. Sunshine is extremely abundant this time of year. July is the sunniest month with its 14 glorious hours of sunshine per day. June and August have 13 hours per day, while September has 10 hours.
From June through to September, a pleasant average temperature of 23°C to 26°C, with occasional heat waves of higher temperatures, makes the coastal areas the most popular. Nighttime low temperatures average between 18°C and 21°C in summer, making the evenings and nights very warm. The average sea temperature rises to 24°C for pleasant swimming and other water-based activities. Cooling sea breezes make those higher temperatures a lot more bearable. The famous "Meltimi Wind" blows only during summer and helps cool the coastal areas.
Rain is infrequent during the summer months and the season is ruled by clear skies and plenty of sunshine. June, July and August are the driest months of the year—in that order. There are only 1 to 4 days with any precipitation per month in the summer season.
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