Crete weather

Our guide to the weather in Crete during October


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Comfortable warm temperatures in October make it a great month for sightseeing or hiking in Crete. Seas remain warm, but beaches are far less busy than the summer months. 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 October.

How warm is it in Crete during October?

The temperature is extremely stable in October with average highs of 23℃ and lows just 3℃ lower at 20℃. 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 October?

On average, there will be 8 rainy days during the month, amounting to 23.2mm in total. That's much drier than we see in England during August, and therefore not something to be concerned about. There's a small chance that you'll catch a thunderstorm during your trip.

How warm is the sea in Crete during October?

The water temperature around Crete reaches a pleasant 23℃ during October. While generally considered warm, some people might find it a little on the cool side on entering the water.

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