Skopelos position

The climate of Skopelos, a Greek island belonging to the Northern Sporades, is Mediterranean, with relatively mild, rainy winters and hot, sunny summers.
The daily average temperature ranges from 7 °C (44.5 °F) in January to 23.5 °C (74.5 °F) in July. Here are the average temperatures.
Skopelos - Average temperatures
Min (°C)445812161918161296
Max (°C)101113172226282825201612
Min (°F)393941465461666461544843
Max (°F)505255637279828277686154

Being a short distance from the mainland, the island is subject to outbreaks of cold air in winter, while in late spring and summer, it can occasionally receive some showers or thunderstorms coming from the same continent.
The island's interior is covered with plains and hills, which reach about 650 meters (2,100 ft) above sea level, and it's green.

Rainfall follows the Mediterranean pattern, in fact, it is more frequent from October to April, and amounts to 735 millimeters (29 inches) per year. As mentioned, rainfall is rare in summer, and occurs in the form of short showers or thunderstorms. Here is the average precipitation.
Skopelos - Average precipitation

Winter, from December to mid-March, is not so mild, in fact, the maximum temperature is on average about 10/12 °C (50/54 °F). There can be mild periods, with highs around 15/18 °C (59/64 °F), but also cold periods, with highs around 5/7 °C (41/45 °F), and with a moderate or even strong wind, able to increase the feeling of cold. Sometimes, and not too infrequently, it can even snow, and at night, there can be slight frosts. The rains are quite frequent, and sometimes, they can be abundant, especially in December and January; the rainiest month is December.

Spring, from mid-March to May, is mild, but with some periods a bit cold, windy and rainy, which gradually become less frequent.

Summer, from June to mid-September, is hot and sunny, with rare showers. Typically, highs hover around 30 °C (86 °F) and rarely exceed 33/34 °C (91/93 °F), but the air is a bit humid.

Autumn, from mid-September to November, is pleasantly warm at first, then gradually becomes milder. The rains gradually become more frequent, although in September and the first half of October, there are still entire weeks without rain. In November, the first days a bit cold and windy begin to occur, and sometimes also in October.

Skopelos town

The amount of sunshine in Skopelos is very good in summer, when clear skies prevail, and it is also good in May and September, while in the rest of the year, it's not high, since there are several cloudy periods. Here are the average sunshine hours per day.
Skopelos - Sunshine

The temperature of the sea, still cold in May and cool in June, when it's around 21 °C (70 °F), becomes high enough for swimming from July to September, when it reaches 23/24 °C (73/75 °F). Here are the average sea temperatures.
Skopelos - Sea temperature
Temp (°C)141414151721242423211815
Temp (°F)575757596370757573706459

Best Time

The best time to go to Skopelos for a beach holiday is summer, from June to mid-September. In June, and sometimes in early July, there can be some cool evenings, so it's better to bring a sweatshirt for the evening.
In May, not only the sea is cold, but some days can also be cool, with highs below 20 °C (68 °F), especially in the first half of the month.
If you want to go on excursions on the island, you can choose May and September.

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