Weather Conditions & Terrain

Crete Terrain & weather conditions

Weather in Crete varies between temperate and subtropical, with an annual average precipitation of about 25 inches (640 mm) and hot, dry summers. Winter temperatures are relatively mild. Mountain air is temperate and cool, and the mountains are often covered with snow in the winter (mid December to May). I During February and March there is so much snow in higher altitude which is very common to do cross country ski. There is even a ski race!

Riding an e-bike during winter requires proper winter clothing if your route goes above 800-1000 meters altitude. Having said that there are plenty days where you can simply ride your bike with a t-shirt even the winter.

Crete gets strong katabatic winds due to its mountains (40 summits above 2000 meters (6000ft) and gorges. Katabatic wind also called downslope wind , or gravity wind is a wind that blows down a slope because of gravity. Regarding the terrain, all of Crete is mountainous, and you’ll be going up and down hills wherever you are, and that’s what you need to be prepared for so be carefull with battery management when you riding one of our ebikes.

July is the hottest month in Crete with an average temperature of 26-27°C (79°F) and the coldest is January at 11°C (52°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 13 in July. The wettest month is December with an average of 89mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in late August, early September when the average sea temperature is 26-27°C (78-80°F). In a very warm day in the south of the island the temperature might go up to 44oC during the day; that is not common however and usually it doesn’t last more than 2-3 days once or twice a year. On the other hand during a cold day in the winter is not uncommon to have snow even at or very close to the sea level. During 2015 & 2016 we had a quiet strong winter and lots of snowfall even at the sea level while near the highest summits the temperature was below -15oC!

TIP: The best and most accurate web site to check the weather forecast for Crete is http://www.meteo.gr

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