Corfu Weather and Climate

Corfu Weather and Climate

Unlike the stark and often treeless islands of the Aegean, Corfu is covered with luxuriant vegetation, thanks to its winter rainfall - 240mm average in December - and is the wettest place in all of Greece. Tropical orchids, wildflowers, eucalyptus and acacias combine with northern European greenery such as oaks and maples. Despite its lush vegetation and high precipitation, Corfu can be stiflingly hot and muggy, as the humidity-reducing meltemi wind passes it by. To compensate, winters are less severe than on the mainland.

Spring and autumn are the best times to visit Corfu. Conditions are perfect between Easter and mid-June - the weather is pleasantly warm in most places, but not too hot. Beaches are relatively uncrowded and accommodation is cheaper and easier to find than in the mid-June to end of August high season. Conditions are once more ideal from the end of August until mid-October as the season draws to a close.

Local names for the winds

North Winds - Vorias, Boreas, Tramontana.
NE Winds - Vorias Anatolikos, Gregorio, Grego.
SE Winds - Anatolikos, Levante, Ageliotes.
East Winds - Notios Anatolikos, Sirocco, Souroko, Euros.
South Winds - Notios, Ostra.
SW Winds - Notios Ditikos, Garbis.
West Winds - Pounente, Ditikos, Zephyros.
NW Winds - Vorias Ditikos, Maistro, Schiron.
Northerly Winds - Etesians, Meltemi.

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