Crete weather

Our guide to the weather in Crete during August


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Long hot days and cloudless skies are the signature of Crete in August. The sea temperature reaches its peak this month, so lazy days on the beach are in order. We've looked at the most up-to-date weather data for Crete, covering the last 12 years up to 2021, plus we've asked our team of travel bloggers for their first-hand experiences in order to answer the most frequently asked questions about Crete weather in August.

How warm is it in Crete during August?

August is typically the hottest month in Crete. The temperature hits about 27℃ during the day, falling away to a balmy 24℃ at night.The UV index will be high at this time of year, so protection against skin and eye damage is needed. Try to limit exposure between 10am and 4pm. Apply broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every few hours, even if it's cloudy, or more frequently after sweating or swimming, and wear UV-blocking sunglasses too, and bear in mind that bright surfaces, such as sand and water increase UV exposure.

Does it rain in Crete during August?

The answer is no. Crete is typically bone dry in August. You're not likely to see a thunderstorm during your trip.

How warm is the sea in Crete during August?

The water around Crete reaches a very pleasant 26℃ during August. This is very warm, and will feel bath-like. People who normally feel the cold will find this temperature perfectly acceptable. The hot air temperature will mean that you will feel comfortably warm when coming out of the water.

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