As is the case with every other state, it was no different for Greece as well. Greece, too, changed with the onset of new seasons. Further, a difference in Ancient Greek climate or weather could also be observed between different parts of Greece itself.

For instance, the weather in the northern part of Greece near Thermopylae has differently experienced rains during spring making the leaves green and leafy.

Ancient Greek Climate

Ancient Greek Climate

The temperature around this time was around 10 to 20 degree Celsius which is somewhere around the 60 degrees Fahrenheit. This was very different to what the southern part of Greece that is around Sparta experienced at the same time.

Mediterranean Climate

Ancient Greece was a peninsula experiencing a Mediterranean climate. The summers were hot and dry. The beginning of June which marked the onset of summer observed the harvesting of wheat by the farmers. For a large part of the year, Greece experienced sunny days. It rained occasionally during summer in the southern part of Greece whereas its counterpart as in the northern part of Greece experienced thunderstorms during summers.

Ancient Greek Climate

The temperature in the northern part of Greece ranged from 80 to 90 degree Fahrenheit which is around 30 degree Celsius whereas the southern part experienced temperatures as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit which is 40 degree Celsius. The Mediterranean waters along with the northwestern breeze called as Estian ensured that the temperatures remained under control.

Fall was to be experienced during the month of October. It would start to rain again and storms would be experienced. The temperature would gradually fall from 70 degrees Fahrenheit to 60. This was the time to plant wheat.

Ancient Greek Climate

Winters in Greece: Chilly and Rainy

Winters in Greece can be aptly characterized by two words: chilly and rainy though it does not become very cold. The average rainfall experienced during the winters was 20to 50 inches. Most often than not, it does not snow in the southern part like Sparta. The temperature in the southern part of Greece is around 50 degrees Fahrenheit which is as low as 10 degree Celsius.

As compared to this, the northern part would be colder and very often snow can also be experienced. For instance, the northern part involving Achaia, Arcadia, and Laconia have an alpine climate due to which they have heavy snowfall. The apt outfit for such weather includes a warm cloak, boots, and mittens. It would be interesting to note that there were no sweaters in ancient Greece as the Greeks were unaware of the concept of knitting.

Ancient Greek Climate

Climate in Ancient Greece

If we compare, the Ancient Greek Climate to what they have today, it will be interesting to note that there have not been any significant changes weather wise although now Greece has become a little warmer.

One of the reasons for such a change in weather is because of Global Warming, the other being that a lot of trees due to which the hills in Greece got the refreshing green look were drastically cut down leaving the hills bare.

Though the exact date as to when the trees were cut down cannot be accurately dated, it is assumed that the felling of trees occurred around 800B.C when iron came to be used.