Position of Naxos

In Naxos, an island of the Cyclades, the climate is Mediterranean, with mild, rainy winters and warm, sunny summers.
The island is windy, and in summer, it is cooled by a frequent wind which blows from the north. The wind has been exploited by windmills for centuries.
The daily average temperature ranges from 12 °C (53.5 °F) in January and February to 24.5 °C (76 °F) in July and August. Here are the average temperatures.
Naxos - Average temperatures
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min (°C)10910121620222220171411
Max (°C)141516192226272725221916
Min (°F)504850546168727268635752
Max (°F)575961667279818177726661

Precipitation follows the Mediterranean pattern, so it is concentrated from October to March, and it's not abundant, since it amounts to about 500 millimeters (20 inches) per year, which is confirmed by the aridity of the landscape. In summer, it practically never rains. Here is the average precipitation.
Naxos - Average precipitation
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Prec.(mm)9075702012112111455095482
Prec.(in)3.532.80.80.50.40.100.41.823.719
Days97632100135946

The interior of the island is occupied by hills, and also by a low mountain ridge, which culminates in Mount Zas (Zeus), 1,004 meters (3,294 feet) high.

Mount Zas

Winter, from December to mid-March, is mild, quite rainy and windy. The wind, frequent and sometimes intense, intensifies the feeling of cold. Sometimes, cold air masses from the Balkan Peninsula can bring cold days, with highs below 10 °C (50 °F), and occasionally, even snow can fall.

Spring, from mid-March to May, is mild and sunny, and also quite windy. By mid-May, the Meltemi starts to blow: it is a persistent wind, cool and dry, which blows from the north for a few days in a row, especially in the daytime, but sometimes even at night.

Summer, from June to mid-September, is warm and sunny, but also windy. The Meltemi blows for long periods, especially in July and August, and it's stronger in the afternoon, but it can insist also in the evening. With this wind, the maximum temperature remains almost always below 30 °C (86 °F), and even in the hottest periods, when in other parts of Greece the temperature can reach or exceed 40 °C (104 °F), here, doesn't go above 33/35 °C (91/95 °F).

Autumn, from mid-September to November, is initially warm and sunny, but then, it gradually becomes cooler and rainier. Autumn too is windy: as long as the weather is nice, the Meltemi still blows, while later, the southern wind blows, brought by depressions coming from the Atlantic Ocean or the Mediterranean Sea.

Naxos, old town

The amount of sunshine in Naxos is excellent in summer, when clear skies prevail, while it's not so high from November to February, when the sky is often cloudy, although sunny days may occur also in midwinter. Here are the average sunshine hours per day.
Naxos - Sunshine
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Hours45781013141311765

The temperature of the sea is never very high, since the wind blowing in summer tends to keep it a bit low. However, it reaches a maximum of 23 °C (73 °F) from July to September. In June, it's still a bit cool, about 21 °C (70 °F). Here are the average sea temperatures.
Naxos - Sea temperature
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp (°C)161515161821232323211817
Temp (°F)615959616470737373706463

Best Time


The best time to go to Naxos for a beach holiday is the summer, from June to mid-September.
It's better to bring a sweatshirt for cool evenings, which occur mainly in June, but given the intensity of the wind, those who are sensitive to cold may feel a bit cool even in July and August.
Spring, in April and May, is fine for visiting the towns, or for excursions in search of the remains of ancient Greece, but since it almost never gets very hot, you can usually stroll through the island also in summer, which we usually do not recommend in Mediterranean climates, and generally, in places where the summer can be hot.

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