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Santorini weather – Is it suitable for sailing?

Santorini Weather – Boating Forecasts

Santorini, also known as Thira, is a stunning island located in the Aegean Sea, part of the Cyclades group of Greek islands. The climate of Santorini is characterized by its Mediterranean climate, which is typical of many southern European coastal regions.

If you rent a boat without a licence and sail in Santorini, you will be interested in the sailing season with the appropriate weather conditions, which starts in early April and lasts until November.

Here are the main features of Santorini’s weather climate:

Santorini weather info
Overall, Santorini's climate is one of the reasons it's a popular travel destination. The hot and dry summers attract tourists seeking beach vacations and outdoor activities, while the mild winters offer a quieter atmosphere and a chance to explore the island's cultural sites. Keep in mind that weather patterns can vary from year to year, so it's always a good idea to check a reliable weather forecast before your trip.
Santorini has a Mediterranean climate, which is characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters.
Sea4all Santorini Boat Rentals
Santorini, GR
4:08 pm, April 22, 2024
temperature icon 20°C
scattered clouds
Humidity 83 %
Pressure 1016 mb
Wind 30 Km/h
Wind Gust: 0 Km/h
Visibility: 0 km
Sunrise: 6:35 am
Sunset: 7:57 pm
The perfect weather for boating - sailing

June to August

  • Temperature: During the summer months, Santorini experiences hot weather with average high temperatures ranging from 28 to 32°C (82 to 90°F).
  • Rainfall: Summers are generally dry with very little rainfall, making it an ideal time for beach activities and outdoor exploration.
Spring and Autumn

April to May & September to October

  • Temperature: In spring and autumn, the weather is milder compared to summer, with average high temperatures ranging from 21 to 27°C (70 to 81°F).
  • Rainfall: These seasons can still have some rainfall, but it is generally less compared to the winter months.

November to March

  • Temperature: Winters are mild in Santorini, with average high temperatures ranging from 15 to 18°C (59 to 64°F).
  • Rainfall: Winters can be wetter, with a higher chance of rainfall compared to the summer months
Understaging the weather

Wind Speed

Marine warnings are broadcast when winds reach certain speeds. It is important to know the wind speed warnings and to understand what they mean for you as a pleasure boat operator.

One Knot = One nautical mile per hour

Light Winds – Wind speeds of 1 – 14 knots (1-16 mph or 1-26 km/h)

Moderate Winds – Wind speeds of 15 – 19 knots (17-22 mph or 28-35 km/h)

Strong Winds – Wind speeds of 20 – 33 knots (24-37 mph or 39-54 km/h)

Gale – Wind speeds of 34 – 47 knots (39-54 mph or 63-87 km/h)

Storm – Wind speeds of 48 – 63 knots (55-73 mph or 89-117 km/h)


Santorini’s unique climate, coupled with its iconic white-washed buildings, breathtaking sunsets, and stunning caldera views, make it a highly sought-after travel destination for tourists looking for an unforgettable experience in the Greek Isles. As always, it’s advisable to check the current weather forecast closer to your travel dates for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


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