Rain in Greece isn’t new, but how often does it rain in Mykonos? With a nickname like The Island of the Winds, it’s easy to conclude that the climate can be varied and depend on several factors. Let’s look at the average weather conditions throughout the year on this island.
To predict the weather in most areas, you can look at how big Mykonos is and if the temperature is the same in every part of the island. Essentially, it’s a fairly small island and part of a larger group of islands called the Cyclades. If one part of the island is rainy one day, others will likely be, too.
The typical climate here is Mediterranean, with mild and rainy winters and warm and sunny summers. The nickname The Island of the Winds came from strong winds that tend to blow over the area during the year, cooling the summer air and making the hottest season a little more bearable but pretty dry.
This strong wind, known as “Meltemi,” also lowers humidity levels during June, July, and August but brings heavy rainfall between October and March. September might be the ideal time to visit and get around the island, as it’s near the end of the season, and the weather is neither too hot nor too cold.
The island is famous for many things, and luckily, rainfall isn’t one of them. The chart below displays the lowest, highest, and average weather by month, as recorded over the past two decades.
|Month||Minimum temperature||Average||Maximum temperature|
|January||9 °C (49 °F)||10 °C (51 °F)||12 °C (55 °F)|
|February||9 °C (49 °F)||11 °C (52 °F)||13 °C (55 °F)|
|March||11 °C (52 °F)||13 °C (55 °F)||15 °C (59 °F)|
|April||13 °C (56 °F)||15 °C (60 °F)||18 °C (64 °F)|
|May||16 °C (62 °F)||19 °C (67 °F)||22 °C (72 °F)|
|June||20 °C (69 °F)||23 °CC (74 °F)||26 °C (80 °F)|
|July||22 °C (73 °F)||25 °C (78 °F)||28 °C (83 °F)|
|August||23 °C (74 °F)||25 °C (78 °F)||28 °C (83 °F)|
|September||20 °C (69 °F)||23 °C (73 °F)||25 °C (78 °F)|
|October||17 °C (64 °F)||19 °C (67 °F)||21 °C (71 °F)|
|November||14 °C (58 °F)||16 °C (60 °F)||17 °C (64 °F)|
|December||10 °C (51 °F)||12 °C (54 °F)||14 °C (57 °F)|
As you can see in the table above, the mid-summer temperature averages at 25-26 degrees and stays that way throughout the entire season.
If you want to know more about the average rainfall levels on the island, the table below contains more than enough information on that. Essentially, the average yearly precipitation doesn’t go over 500 millimeters (20 inches) because of the prevailing arid and windy conditions.
You’ll also notice the highest precipitation levels during fall and winter, while September is surprisingly dry and lacks rain. The heaviest rain falls only ten days during January and December.
|January||100 ml (4 inches)||10|
|February||70 ml (3 inches)||8|
|March||60 ml (2 inches)||7|
|April||25 ml (1 inch)||5|
|May||15 ml (0,6 inches)||3|
|June||4 ml (0,2 inches)||1|
|July||2 ml (0,1 inch)||0|
|August||2 ml (0,1 inch)||0|
|September||10 ml (0,4 inches)||2|
|October||45 ml (1,8 inches)||5|
|November||65 ml (2,6 inches)||6|
|December||100 ml (4 inches)||10|
Those traveling on a budget don’t want any precipitation to ruin their carefully planned travel itinerary, so the curiosity about the best time to visit makes sense. Surprisingly (or not), the island is perfect for year-round visits in terms of weather conditions.
July and August are the busiest months but ideal for swimming, sunbathing for hours and taking in local tourist attractions and tours designed for that particular season.
You might encounter some cold and rain during January and December, but it’s negligible precipitation. If you want to book a Mykonos villa for, say, a New Year’s celebration or during your birthday month, you’ll be free to do so.
If you stay in the villa during your holiday, you won’t worry about what to wear on the island during the day. But, if you want to see the sights even in winter, you should rent a car. For example, at The Ace VIP, we offer car rentals and the option of hiring a private driver with our concierge services.
If the best time to visit must be chosen, we’d recommend June and September the most. Winters are cool, but many tourist areas are likely closed because it’s not the right season for them. Shops and amenities that depend on tourism hours open at the end of April and close by the end of September.
The weather in the month of August might be the hottest, but it’s the best for swimmers and those that cherish a hot, dry summer day and a warm night at the seaside. The one thing we do want to warn you about is the wind.
Although winters have stronger winds, a gust or two will still occur during the summer. Don’t take it as a sign that the weather will worsen in a few hours – it’s just a typical Mykonian day.
Mykonos villas for rental are available year-round. Whether it’s winter, summer, spring, or fall, our luxury villas in Mykonos will be waiting for you. The Ace VIP ensures the best, state-of-the-art facilities for singles, couples, and larger groups are always ready and always up to par with the highest standards. After all, when we promise luxury, we mean it. Check out our website and contact us via email or a booking form on the site to plan the holiday of your dreams.