What's the weather like in Corfu?
A Greek island where holidaymakers gather to soak up the rays on some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches, Corfu is a place where playtime in the sunshine is pretty much a given all year round.
A little forward planning can help you beat the heat and make the most of your time in the sun, as well as know when you might expect a rare splash of rain.
Blazing hot summers
It may seem obvious that Corfu‘s summers are hot and sunny, but take a moment to consider just how high the heat can get, as well as the effect that the summer months have on both crowds and prices.
Because demand is high in summer, namely between June and late August, you’ll find that even the most affordable breaks could cost a fraction more than their winter equivalents.
But that shouldn’t dissuade you, especially since the summer months coincide with the opening of waterparks and other attractions you’ll not have the chance to savour at other times of the year.
You’ll find that temperatures in Corfu swell up and beyond 30°C in June, July and August, even in the comparatively sheltered streets of Corfu Town.
There are 14 hours of sunshine per day in summer, however it’s a little different from the midday sun rule you’re used to at home. It may come as a surprise that the late afternoon leading into the early evening is when the sun is often at its hottest.
Despite April to June and August to October falling outside of the typical summer season, you’ll be happy to know temperatures hover in the mid 20s – ideal holidaying temperatures.
Warm winter months
If you’re planning a winter break, you’ll definitely be looking at temperatures higher than you could expect at home.
Healthy highs of 15°C from late November to early March are a far cry from the sleet and slush you’ll expect in the UK, while springtime sees closer to 20°C and above, as does October and early November.
Because the high tourism season rests in the summer, you’ll find that Corfu offers you a more relaxed ambience in these mild winter months.
Therefore, it’s a smart idea to consider the kind of break you’re after when contemplating what time of year to book your holiday, whether it’s laid-back Corfu days in high heat, or active Corfu adventures in the milder months.
Cloud cover gets thicker in winter months, so if it’s pure blue skies you crave, you’re best to stick to the shoulder and summer seasons. In fact, cloud cover is almost non-existent in summer, when skies are dazzlingly blue.
Meanwhile, overcast days are at their highest in December, although the option of an al fresco New Year’s party in Corfu is still very much on the cards.
Potential for rainfall
As a Greek island, Corfu enjoys as much sunshine as we’ve described, although even the most optimistic holidaymaker ought to consider the chance of rain.
Rainfall is usually at its highest in November, when you can expect at least five inches of the wet stuff and, in particularly inclement autumns, closer to nine.
Keep your umbrellas handy in February too, another month where rainfall is particularly prevalent, although in any case the weather will still be more pleasant than back at home.