May is a month of change in Crete. The first half feels springlike, but the second half sees the first of the summer heat. Nights become mild, rainfall all but ceases, and swimmers return to the sea as it begins to warm. 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 May.
How warm is it in Crete during May?
The temperature is extremely stable in May with average highs of 21℃ and lows just 3℃ lower at 18℃. 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 May?
On average, there will be 4 rainy days during the month, amounting to 6.2mm in total. That's almost nothing at all, therefore rain isn't something we think you need to consider. You're not likely to see a thunderstorm during your trip.
How warm is the sea in Crete during May?
The water around Crete is around 20℃ during May. 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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