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Hello everyone,

 

I've just introduced this new topic about Greece. As you may know Greece doesn't mean just sun, fair weather and beaches. Furthermore, the very complicated orography can affect the weather from a place to another even if the distance is just a few Kilometers. So, I will use this topic to prove what I said :) . Of course, if anyone has any comments, queries or even matterial from Greece, he/she can upload.

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Inauguratιng this topic, I am uploading a video from a shot snowfall in a suburb of Thessaloniki last Friday (5/2/2016). The suburb is at 400 m of altitude:

 

 

In the meanwhile, a bit higher (close to 900 m) on the mountain close to Thessaloniki (called Chortiatis), the snow height was a bit more. That amount of snow was not too much, but it was quite enough for such a bad winter:

http://www.northmeteo.gr/gallery/xionoptosi-sto-xortiath6-2-16/

Finally, another video (timelapse) from a place south of Thessaloniki, called Kallikratia. It is a place that we usally go for swimming during Summer. However, it has high possibilities to be snowed during winter. Enjoy:
 

 

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Hello...

A friend of mine wrote an article that has a few photos from a nice snowy day in Thessaloniki. That was a year ago exactly. Most of the pictures are from the suburbs (altitude between 300-600 m). However the last four are from places next to the sea (or from places with close-to-zero altitude). Enjoy:

 

http://www.northmeteo.gr/gallery/xionia-sti-thessaloniki-photos/

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I have missed the sky of Northern Greece! Thank you for posting. :)

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Evening all :)

Just back from a week on Corfu and as others have said, Greek weather is far more than  heat and warmth. We were on the east coast of the island at a small village called Agios Ioannis Persiteron. roughly half way between Corfu Town and Cavos.

For us, a week of three halves...yes, I know.

We arrived last Monday and for the first couple of days, the weather was hot and humid with a light NE'ly breeze. Fine and dry with us but huge thunderstorms developed over the Greek and Albanian mainland and some of the cloud reached across to Corfu in the late evening but no rain.

On Wednesday, there was a significant change with the wind veering South which brought in much fresher conditions - still dry, sunny and very warm (mid 20s by early afternoon) but lower humidity overall.

On Friday we went in to Corfu on a day which saw the return of humidity and we saw a large thunderstorm just offshore to the north and east of the island - Mrs Stodge has an excellent picture of two cruise liners in Corfu harbour with the storm in the background. We heard thunder in Corfu itself but no rain.

Saturday started cloudy but became dry and hot by mid afternoon with the wind backing more SW'ly.

Sunday brought increasing cloud and wind which presaged this morning's huge thunderstorm which broke over Agios Ioannis at 9.30 bringing strong winds and torrential winds. Our taxi got us to Corfu Airport okay but the airport was a mass of delayed passengers with flights from the UK and elsewhere diverted to Brindisi, Salonika and Athens. Fortunately, our flight made it with only a small delay and we left barely 30 minutes late as the weather cleared and brightened but that was an impressive storm to bid Corfu farewell. 

 

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8 hours ago, Steeve88 said:

Merry Christmas from Thessaloniki.. Temperature ~6.8.C, much "warmer" than previous days, when it fell to -9 (!!!) during the night in some suburbs.

 

http://www.northmeteo.gr/kameres-kalamarias/

 

Waiting for wintry weather this week from Wednesday and then with snow even in Athens. Places such as Evia are likely to get more than 50cm of snow.

It is a good winter so far in Greece! Unlike here.

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Outskirts Athens end last week. This weeks lot of snow will be round two...or three for this Winter!:shok:

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Could well be some significant snowfalls this weekend in SE Europe from the cut off upper low

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As an update of this extreme cold outbreak in Greece, the largest part of Greece is facing snow and most importantly extreme low temperatures. In Thessaloniki the temperature reached during the midday -5.C. Now it is around -8.C and it feels like -14 (because of the wind, whose max gust during the day was ~80km/h). Not so much snow here. Only some tiny snowflakes at times. Some places on east coast of central Greece got significant amount of snow. We probably get temperature records of the last 15 years (at least):

Some photos from Kimi in Evia: http://www.northmeteo.gr/blog/snow-in-kimi-of-evia-greece/

And a video of a short snowfall in Thessaloniki: http://www.northmeteo.gr/blog/xionoptosi-toumpa-thessalonikis/

Here is a table with all the weather station network in Greece. The warmest station is showing 6.7.C now in Crete: http://www.metar.org/upload/metar.php

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12 hours ago, Steeve88 said:

As an update of this extreme cold outbreak in Greece, the largest part of Greece is facing snow and most importantly extreme low temperatures. In Thessaloniki the temperature reached during the midday -5.C. Now it is around -8.C and it feels like -14 (because of the wind, whose max gust during the day was ~80km/h). Not so much snow here. Only some tiny snowflakes at times. Some places on east coast of central Greece got significant amount of snow. We probably get temperature records of the last 15 years (at least):

Some photos from Kimi in Evia: http://www.northmeteo.gr/blog/snow-in-kimi-of-evia-greece/

And a video of a short snowfall in Thessaloniki: http://www.northmeteo.gr/blog/xionoptosi-toumpa-thessalonikis/

Here is a table with all the weather station network in Greece. The warmest station is showing 6.7.C now in Crete: http://www.metar.org/upload/metar.php

Snowing in Crete

http://www.skylinewebcams.com/en/webcam/ellada/crete/chania/chania-old-port.html

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Evening all :)

Mrs Stodge and I are just back from a ten day break on Zakynthos, also known as Zante. In weather terms, eight of the ten days were as you would expect - dry, sunny and hot with a cloudless sky and only a light N'ly wind. We hit 34c twice and above 30c on five other days according to the Greek weather service (hnms.gr).

Two days were less settled and more interesting oddly enough. The overall synoptics were a controlling LP system to the south and south east linking back to the thermal LP over the Persian Gulf. With HP to the west and north, Zakynthos enjoyed a refreshing N'ly breeze on most days but on these two days the heat of the day over the Greek interior spawned small LP areas and thunderstorms.

Greece has many islands and two significant land masses, the mainland and the Peloponnese (separated by the Corinth Canal). Both generate thunderstorms and thermal LP areas. As the Peloponnese LP evolves, it pulls the winds round more to the NE over the southern Ionian Islands and cloud drifts west from the mainland over to the islands and on one occasion one of the storms came with strong winds and a brief downpour.

As the LP drifts north over the mainland, the N'ly over the islands becomes a W'ly and this draws in fresher clearer air from the sea and the humidity crashes.

The winter rains and snow in the hills in 2016-17 had been intense with widespread flooding on a couple of occasions.    

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