Weather and climate
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The climate in Greece is characterised as ideal for cycling and every visitor can pleasantly ride in all four seasons. In detail, the climate consists of relatively mild winters, warm and dry summers and, generally, wide extended periods of sunshine throughout most of the year. It is worth mentioning, that a great variety of climate subtypes, always within the commonly known Mediterranean climate frame, are encountered in several regions of Greece. The great mountain range along the central part and various mountainous bodies contribute to a unique and interesting terrain.
During the warm and dry period (April to October) 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 heavy rain or thunderstorms chiefly over mainland areas.
The warmest period occurs during the middle of July and beginning of August, when the rider might experience the year’s maximum temperature. However, during the warm period high temperatures are tempered by fresh sea breezes in the coastal areas of the country and from the northerly winds, known as ‘Etesian’ or ‘Meltemi’, blowing mainly in the Aegean Sea.
Long stretches of consecutive rainy days are infrequent in Greece, even during the winter, and during this period the sky does not remain cloudy for more than a few days in a row. “Bad winter weather” days are often interrupted, during January and the first fortnight of February, with clear sunny days, known as ‘Halcyon days’ since ancient times.
The winter is milder in the Aegean and Ionian Islands, compared to Northern and Central mainland Greece.