What’s the weather like in Crete in September?
Crete’s the largest of the Greek islands, and sits between the mainland and North Africa. It has hot and dry weather in September. Located in the southern Aegean, the island has the warmest climate in Greece, and although there’s some local differences in weather you’re virtually guaranteed glorious weather in September.
Crete has two very distinct microclimates due to the central mountains that stretch from east to west. The mountains act as a barrier to north westerly winds, so the south looks more African compared to the Mediterranean north. You’ll find things hot and dry in the south, although breezes will help keep you comfortable around the whole coast. Temperatures are higher on the coast compared to in the mountains, which can get heavy snow in winter.
Things are nice and hot in Crete during September, which has an average high temperature of 27ºC. You won’t need to bring many warm clothes with you as it stays pleasant at night, while the sea temperature’s an inviting 24ºC. Humidity’s low and ranges from 50% to 80%, while average rainfall’s just 10mm over two rainy days.
During September you can look forward to 12 hours of daylight each day with ten long hours of sunshine. UV levels will be very high, so make sure you bring plenty of sun cream and be careful in the midday heat, while sunset’s at 7.45pm at the start of the month.
Things to Do
Crete has a rich history that stretches back thousands of years, although you might find it’s too hot in September to do too much sightseeing, particularly during the hottest part of the day. Instead you may prefer to relax on beaches such as Vai in the north or spectacular Elafonisi in the southwest, which has warm Libyan Sea waters and pink sand. You’ll stay cool when you dip into the island’s diving scene, or take the kids to waterparks like Aqua Plus and Water City.