Weather in Crete in March

March is still a cold month in Crete but things are looking up: you get an average of 11 days with rain which also means 20 days without as well as over six hours of sun per day.

The sea is just starting to warm up again but still cold at 16°C.

The best reason to come to Crete in March would be for the great variety of flowers (including many orchids) that flower at this time of the year at low elevations.

The table below lists weather averages in March for 7 towns of Crete.

Note that these weather stations are located near the sea, more or less at sea level and they generally get less rain than inland locations, especially higher up. Temperatures in hills and mountain areas can be considerably cooler.

 

 

Satellite image of Crete

March weather averages in Crete

City

Monthly Max. Temperature

Monthly Min. Temperature

Monthly Average Temperature

Average Rain

Days of rain

Chania

17.9°C

10.1°C

13.2°C

72mm

11

Rethymnon

17.2°C

10.4°C

14.2°C

80mm

10.3

Heraklion

16.7°C

9.7°C

13.5°C

58mm

12

Sitia

15.9°C

10.2°C

13.6°C

55mm

9.5

Paleochora

16.8°C

10.5°C

14°C

35mm

 

Tymbaki

17.5°C

8.3°C

13.4°C

48mm

6.8

Ierapetra

17.6°C

9.7°C

14.2°C

80mm

7.8


Average Sunlight Hours/ Day (data recorded for Heraklion) 06:19

Average Sea Temperature 16°C

Highest recorded temperature (in Heraklion) 29.4°C

Coldest recorded temperature (in Heraklion) 0.3°C

Winds: Winds are extremely dependant on the specific location at which you are so I prefered to avoid any wind averages because they will be misleading. If you want to study wind statistics for Crete please check the Advanced Wind Rose on this paper.

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