Today, the UV index suggests low sun danger (0-2) in Athens, reaching up to 2.1. Remember sunglasses and SPF 30+ on sunny days, and be cautious around reflective surfaces like sand, water, and snow for increased UV exposure.
Read more here about the climate and sun exposure in and around Athens.
In Athens, Greece, the UV index can often reach high levels. During the summer months (June to August), the UV index can range from 8 to 10, considered very high and posing a risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. It is essential to protect the skin by wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats to minimize the risk of sunburn and long-term skin damage.
Athens experiences a Mediterranean climate with distinct seasons. The summer months (June to August) are hot and dry, with average temperatures ranging from 30 to 35 °C (86 to 95 °F). Winters (December to February) are mild, with temperatures averaging around 13 to 15 °C (55 to 59 °F). Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) bring milder temperatures, with averages between 20 and 25 °C (68 to 77 °F).
Compared to other cities in its region, Athens enjoys a higher amount of sun exposure throughout the year. With clear skies and long sunny days, it receives an average of 2,800 to 3,000 hours of sunshine annually. This is significantly higher than other major European capitals like London or Paris. However, the intense sun during summer requires caution and adequate protection to avoid overexposure and potential health risks.
The chart above displays the Shortwave Radiation Sum (MJ/m²) for each day of the last year in Athens. It's designed to provide you with a better understanding of the yearly weather and sun exposure.