Named after the goddess of wisdom, the birthplace of democracy blends an ancient civilisation with a progressive city and makes for a perfect spring break. We've looked at the most up-to-date weather data for Athens, 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 Athens weather in May.
How warm is it in Athens during May?
The temperature reaches around 24℃ during the daytime in May, falling away to 17℃ 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 Athens during May?
On average, there will be 8 rainy days during the month, amounting to 16.8mm in total. That's almost nothing at all, therefore rain isn't something we think you need to consider. There's a small chance that you'll catch a thunderstorm during your trip.
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Athens Blog posts
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Weather in Athens
Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Athens