The climate of Rhodes is typically Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot and very sunny summers characterized by temperatures of 30° or more. It rains quite frequently in winter, while in summer the umbrella is of little use.
Also on this island blows the meltemi, the typical Greek wind coming from north-west: the east coast is the most beaten, while the east coast is more sheltered. Compared to other Greek islands, for example Mikonos or Naxos, in Rhodes the meltemi blows with less intensity and offers a pleasant relief to the sultry and sometimes suffocating heat of summer.
The best period to go to Rhodes is obviously the summer, but if you can choose avoid the months of July and August: they are the hottest, the most crowded and the most expensive. Bathing in the sea can generally be done from June to October, so the recommended months for a vacation in Rhodes are those at the beginning or end of summer.
The hottest months of the year in Rhodes are June, September, July and August, when the monthly average temperature reaches 29 °C, while the coldest months of March, January and February the thermometer drops up to 10 °C.
In Rhodes rainiest months of the year are January and December during which monthly rainfall average reaches 141 mm. On the other side, driest months are September, June, July and August when the average rainfall is reduced to 0 mm per month.
June, September, July and August are sunniest months of the year. During that months, from sunrise to sunset there are 12 total light hours in Rhodes. In February, January and December daylight hours are reduced to 4.
Months of the year when sea water is warmer are September and August, average temperature is around 25 °C.