Athens Climate and Weather

Athens is one of the sunniest cities in Europe, with a semi-arid climate and little rainfall. Heat waves are common during summer, when the mercury can soar to over 104F (40C). Winters are mild and sunny, though nights can be cold. The city experiences short, heavy showers. The best time to visit is during the cooler weather of spring and early summer, between late April and early June. Autumn (September and October) can also be pleasant. That said, summer is still peak tourist season, and the period when beaches and attractions are most crowded.