Best time to visit Lefkada

The best time to visit Lefkada for a beach holiday is from mid-June to early-September. The summer months of July and August are usually hot and crowded.

However, anytime from early-May to early-October is good for a range of outdoor activities.

Lefkada weather

Lefkada enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters.

Lefkada and the Ionian Islands in general escape the heat found in mainland Greece and the strong Meltemi wind that blows across the Aegean Islands. Consequently, the sea is warmer. Rainfall occurs mainly from October to March.

Lefkada is connected to the mainland of Greece by a bridge.

Summer, from June to mid-September, is hot, dry and sunny. Sea breezes provide some relief to the intense summer heat.

Autumn, from mid-September to November, is mild, wet and cloudy, interspersed with occasional sunshine.

Winter, from December to mid-March, is cold, partly cloudy and wet, especially in December and January.

Spring, from mid-March to May, is mild, with rainfall gradually decreasing, and sunny days becoming more frequent. May is very pleasant, before the intense summer heat.

Here are the average temperatures recorded in Lefkas Town, on the north coast.

What is the best month to visit Lefkada?
June through September are the best months to visit Lefkada – the climate is perfect with hot, sunny weather and little to no rainfall.

July and August are especially popular, since this is the peak tourist season in Lefkada.

To avoid the crowds, higher prices and extreme heat of summer, the months of May and October are also good for a range of outdoor activities.

Which is the hottest month in Lefkada?
The hottest month in Lefkada is usually August, with an average daily high temperature of 31°C (87°F), with high heat and humidity. Cooling sea breezes are consistent throughout summer.

However, on the warmest days of the month, the temperature may reach 35°C (95°F).

The hot summer season lasts from mid-June to mid-September, with an average daily high temperature above 27°C (80°F).

Which is the coldest month in Lefkada?
The coldest month in Lefkada is January, with an average daily high temperature of 13°C (55°F) and an average low of 6°C (42°F).

The cool winter season lasts from late-November through March, with an average daily high temperature below 17°C (42°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Lefkada?
The sunniest time of year in Lefkada is normally July with bright sunshine on average for 88% of daylight hours; that's 12 hours of sunshine per day.

What is the humidity in Lefkada?
Lefkada experiences seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 69% – 76% over the course of the year.

The more humid time of year lasts from June through September, when you can expect the comfort level to be muggy at least 20% of the time.

The months with the most muggy days in Lefkada are July and August, with around 24 days that are muggy.

We derive the humidity comfort level from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the air. A higher dew point feels muggy and uncomfortable.

November through April is generally comfortable, with no days in any month that are muggy.

When is the sea warmest in Lefkada?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Lefkada in August when the water temperature reaches 26°C (78°F), which is pleasant for swimming.

The time of year with warmer water lasts from July through September, with an average temperature above 23°C (73°F).

Which month has the most rain in Lefkada?
December is usually the wettest month in Lefkada with 185mm (7in) of rainfall on average. There are normally 13 days in December with some rainfall.

The rainy season lasts from early-October to mid-April, with a greater than 21% chance of a given day being a wet day.

The drier season lasts from mid-April through September. The month with the least rainfall is July.

Which is the windiest month in Lefkada?
The windiest month of the year in Lefkada is December, with an average hourly wind speed of 16 kilometres per hour (10 mph; 8.6 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from late-October through to early-April, with average wind speeds of more than 13 kilometres per hour (8 mph; 7 knots).

The less-windy time of year lasts from early-April through to late-October. The calmest month of the year in Lefkada is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 11 kilometres per hour (7 mph; 6 knots).

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Lefkada varies throughout the year.

Lefkada Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
13 14 16 19 23 27 30 31 27 23 18 14
Average low temperature (°C)
6 6 8 11 14 18 20 21 18 15 11 8
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
4 5 6 8 10 11 12 12 10 7 5 4
Average daily daylight (hrs)
9 10 12 13 14 15 14 13 12 11 10 9
Comfort level
Cold, no heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity
Average relative humidity (%)
75 73 74 74 74 72 70 69 70 73 76 76
UV Index (max)
2 3 4 6 8 9 9 8 6 4 3 2
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
12 11 10 8 6 3 1 2 4 8 11 13
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
140 130 90 70 40 20 10 15 50 130 175 185
Average wind speed (km/h)
16 16 14 13 11 11 11 11 11 13 15 16
Average sea temperature (°C)
16 15 15 16 19 22 25 26 25 22 20 17
Lefkas Town, Lefkada, Greece

Holiday seasons

High season: June through August, when hotel and restaurant prices are high.

Low season: From March to May and September and October – the temperature is cooler, hotel prices are more reasonable and the crowds non-existent.

Source: Meteorological data for Lefkada is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020 by the Hellenic National Meteorological Service (HNMS) from the nearest weather station: Aktion National Airport (PVK), also known as Preveza Airport, located 12km (7mi) northeast of Lefkas Town.

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

Latest update: Best time to visit Lefkada: 12 May, 2024

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