December in Crete sees falling temperatures and an increase in rain, but the daytime can feel pleasantly warm. the sea is cooling, but many are still brave enough for a dip. We've looked at the most up-to-date weather data for Crete, covering the last 12 years up to 2022, 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 December.
What's the temperature like in Crete during December?
The temperature is extremely stable in December with average highs of 16℃ and lows just 2℃ lower at 14℃. The UV index will be moderate at this time of year, so not something to worry about for the average person. However, if you're going to be outside for long periods it's worth wearing a broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen and UV-blocking sunglasses. Remember that bright surfaces, such as water and sand increase UV exposure.
Does it rain in Crete during December?
December is typically the wettest month in Crete. On average, there will be 12 rainy days during the month, amounting to 40.8mm in total. That's broadly comparable with the amount of rain we see in England during the summer months, and would be considered dry. There's a small chance that you'll catch a thunderstorm during your trip.
How warm is the sea in Crete during December?
The water around Crete is around 18℃ during December. It will feel a little on the cool when first entering, but you'll warm up quickly. Most kids will have no problem with this temperature, but those who feel the cold are unlikely to want to swim.
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