The climate of Athens is one of the best in Europe with very sunny, hot and dry summers and mild winters that make it ideal for tourism throughout the year. Athens is in fact one of the European capitals with the most days of sunshine per year, with an average of 179 days completely cloudless and 157 days during which the sun is overcast for a maximum of half an hour.
Average temperatures in Athens, influenced by its geographical position between land and sea, range from 9° in January to 33° in July. During the winter season, there is little precipitation and mild temperatures.
The hottest months of the year in Athens are July and August, when the monthly average temperature reaches 34 °C, while the coldest months of March, December, January and February the thermometer drops up to 7 °C.
In Athens rainiest months of the year are November and December during which monthly rainfall average reaches 98 mm. On the other side, driest months are June, July and August when the average rainfall is reduced to 6 mm per month.
August, June and July are sunniest months of the year. During that months, from sunrise to sunset there are 12 total light hours in Athens. In November and December daylight hours are reduced to 3.
Months of the year when sea water is warmer are July, September and August, average temperature is around 25 °C.