is the doorway to summer in Greece
, characterized by a significant upturn in warmth and sunshine. The southern islands and coastal stretches revel in splendidly sunny days, with blue skies dominating the horizon. This period witnesses a marked reduction in rainfall, and any occasional showers that do occur tend to be brief, leaving behind clear, refreshing atmospheres.
In the northern parts of Greece, May's influence is pronounced. The regions, once vulnerable to winter’s grip, now showcase clear skies and mild to warm temperatures. Even traditionally cooler locales like Florina embrace the summery trend, with day temperatures becoming increasingly comfortable. It's during this month that beach enthusiasts begin to eye the coastal regions, though the sea temperatures might still be on the cooler side for some.
Central Greece, under the brilliance of May, offers consistently warm days. The benevolence of the spring breezes gradually gives way to the more robust warmth of approaching summer, though it remains pleasant and not overpoweringly hot.
The average temperatures in the extreme north are in the warm 10°C to 22.2°C range, and the lack of rainfall is an open offer for tourists to visit the historic city of Thessaloniki.
With each day in May, daylight stretches even longer, casting a radiant glow over Greece's ancient ruins, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant cities. The foliage reaches its full splendor, with a riot of colors painting the countryside. As May edges towards its conclusion and June
peeks around the corner, Greece prepares for the peak summer season, with even warmer days, balmy nights, and the beckoning call of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas.
- Athens - May »
On the last day of the month, sunrise is at 06:04 and sunset at 20:40 EEST. Athens observes a slight uplift in the average high-temperature with the onset of May, adjusting from April's enjoyable 19.2°C to a moderately hot 23.8°C.
- Thessaloniki - May »
In Thessaloniki, during the entire year, the rain falls for 133.1 days and collects up to 436mm of precipitation. In Thessaloniki, during May, the rain falls for 12.8 days and regularly aggregates up to 40mm of precipitation.
- Patras - May »
On the last day of the month, in Patras sunrise is at 06:11 and sunset at 20:49 EEST. In Patras in May, the average water temperature is 19.2°C.
- Heraklion - May »
On the last day of the month, in Heraklion sunrise is at 06:06 and sunset at 20:28 EEST. In Heraklion during the entire year, the rain falls for 53.2 days and collects up to 501mm of precipitation.
- Larissa - May »
On the last day of the month, in Larissa, sunrise is at 06:05 and sunset at 20:50 EEST. On the last day of May, in Larissa, Greece, sunrise is at 06:05 and sunset at 20:50 EEST.
- Volos - May »
On the last day of the month, in Volos, Greece, sunrise is at 06:03 and sunset at 20:47 EEST. In Volos snow does not fall in April through November.
- Trikala - May »
On the last day of the month, in Trikala, sunrise is at 06:07 and sunset at 20:53 EEST. In Trikala in May, it is raining for 16.8 days, with typically 47mm of accumulated precipitation.
- Chania - May »
The number of bright, sunny days increases, and with a sea temperature at a welcoming 19.1°C, May formally ushers in the beach season in Chania. In Chania during May, the rain falls for 8 days and regularly aggregates up to 18mm of precipitation.
- Alexandroupoli - May »
On the last day of the month, in Alexandroupoli, sunrise is at 05:47 and sunset at 20:40 EEST. In Alexandroupoli in May, it is raining for 14.8 days, with typically 45mm of accumulated precipitation.
- Kavala - May »
On the last day of the month, in Kavala sunrise is at 05:53 and sunset at 20:46 EEST. Kavala in May sees a temperature change, with average high-temperatures moving from a comfortable 17.5°C in April to a pleasant 22.7°C.
- Kalamata - May »
May's arrival in Kalamata, Greece, coincides with a subtle temperature rise, moving from April's comfortable 18.8°C to a warm 23.1°C. In Kalamata in May, during 9.5 rainfall days, 28mm of precipitation is typically accumulated.
- Veria - May »
Warmer days in Veria see temperatures reach 25.1°C, significantly warmer than those in April, marking May as the city's first real encounter with summer-like heat. In Veria, during the entire year, the rain falls for 86.7 days and collects up to 506mm of precipitation.