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Tourists visiting Spetses in the heat of the summer cannot imagine that the weather on Spetses can be totally different in the winter. Cold, wet winters are no exception on Spetses, and it even snowed between 2000 and 2006. Not heavy snowfall, except in 2006 in the higher areas, but still something that you don't expect easily in these parts.

Spetses has a short spring and temperatures in the months of April and May are between 15 and 25 °C during the day. The weather in this period is still changeable with a fair chance of an unexpected rain shower. The temperature of the sea begins to rise, but it can still be chilly in the evenings.

The summers, June to August, are hot to very hot on Spetses, with daytime temperatures between 25 and 38 °C, although the latter is not very common. The humidity is fortunately low and it will rarely rain. The sea temperature rises fairly quickly to around 26°C by the end of the summer. In August, the temperature can be whipped up by winds from North Africa and in exceptional cases, the temperature can reach 44°C.

Autumn, in the months of September and October, on Spetses is a very popular time in terms of weather. It is still quite warm and the weather is still quite stable. The maximum temperatures start to drop but the seawater temperature is still high enough for swimming. At night, it is also more bearable than in the summer nights, and a thin duvet or blanket is occasionally necessary.

The winter months, November to March, are generally cold, damp and rainy. However, the minimum temperature almost never drops below freezing and from January to March sunny, reasonably warm days are no exception. Despite several years (2000-2006) of snowfall, this is still exceptional.

Spetses, especially during the summer, often has to deal with a number of wind systems that strongly influence the weather:

-mistral: cooling wind from the Peloponnese, from late at night until early in the morning.

-boukadoura (bati): warm southeastern afternoon wind that blows during the day from the Peloponnese over the Gulf of Argolis.

-pounentis: cooling emergency westerly wind that can cause dense fog and can blow very hard in the evening, approaching storminess.

-bourini: western stormy wind that blows at the end of August, beginning of September, with high waves and heavy showers. Before the bourini it is windless, warm and the barometer drops. Often it starts to storm just before sunset.



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