Position of Rhodes

In Rhodes, an island of the Eastern Aegean Sea, located a short distance from the Turkish coast, the climate is Mediterranean, with mild, rainy winters and hot, sunny summers.
The daily average temperature ranges from 12 °C (53.5 °F) in January and February to 27 °C (80.5 °F) in August. Here are the average temperatures.
Rhodes - Average temperatures
Min (°C)9910131620222320171310
Max (°C)151517202428313128242017
Min (°F)484850556168727368635550
Max (°F)595963687582888882756863

Rainfall amounts to 700 millimeters (27.5 inches) per year, and is concentrated from October to March; the rains often occur in the form of thunderstorms, and can sometimes be abundant. In summer, basically it never rains. Here is the average precipitation.
Rhodes - Average precipitation

Winter, from December to mid-March, is mild: daytime temperatures hover about 15/17 °C (59/63 °F). The rains are quite frequent, but there are also sunny days. Sometimes, it can get a little cold: lows can drop to about 3/5 °C (37/41 °F), and highs can remain about 7/10 °C (45/50 °F). The wind can increase the feeling of cold. At sea level, substantially, it never snows (sometimes, you can see the snow falling, but it does not accumulate on the ground), while on inland hills, which reach 1,200 meters (3,900 feet), it can sometimes snow.

Spring, from mid-March to May, is mild, and becomes progressively warmer and sunnier, as well as less rainy.

Summer, from June to mid-September, is hot, quite muggy and sunny. The Meltemi, the wind from the north-west, blows by mid-May, cooling the air, but with lower intensity than on the islands of the central Aegean Sea, such as Mykonos or Naxos. In addition, sometimes, there are periods of intense heat, with maximum temperatures about 35 °C (95 °F).

Autumn, from mid-September to November, is pleasantly warm at the beginning, then it gradually becomes milder, and also rainier.

Lindos, Rhodes

The amount of sunshine in Rhodes is great in summer, when clear skies prevail, and it is very good in spring, while in autumn and winter, sunny periods alternate with others characterized by clouds and rain. Here are the average sunshine hours per day.
Rhodes - Sunshine

The sea is warm enough for swimming from June to October, and reaches 25 °C (77 °F) in August and September. In this eastern part of the Aegean Sea, the sea is a bit warmer than in the central part because the wind is weaker and less frequent. Here are the average sea temperatures.
Rhodes - Sea temperature
Temp (°C)171616171923242525232018
Temp (°F)636161636673757777736864

Best Time

The best time to go to Rhodes for a beach holiday goes from June to mid-September. In early June, it can still be a little cool in the evening: for safety, you can bring a sweatshirt.
In May, not only the sea is still a bit cold, but the air can also be cool for sunbathing, at least on certain days.
If you want to visit the ruins of ancient Greece or of the Middle Ages, the best time is spring, ie April and May, because in summer it can be hot. You can also choose autumn, which, however, is more rainy.

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