The warmest October of the last 15 years was recorded this year, according to the National Observatory of Athens, with the exception of the Cyclades, the Dodecanese and Crete.
In particular, based on the network of 51 meteorological stations of the National Observatory of Athens/meteo.gr that operate continuously from 2010 until today, in October this year, the average value of the maximum daily temperatures fluctuated at extremely high levels almost throughout the country, in relation to with the average of the period 2010-2019.
October was characterized by many days with positive temperature deviations. Macedonia and Thrace recorded the largest positive temperature deviations, with average monthly values varying 3.5 °C above normal levels for the season.
It was also exceptionally warm for Thessaly (+2.8 °C), Central Greece, Epirus, the Iptane Islands, Western Greece and the Peloponnese (+2.7 °C).
For the Aegean islands and the Dodecanese, this year’s October was the second warmest month in the last 15 years and for Crete, the third warmest.
The last ten days of the month saw the largest positive temperature deviations, of the order of 6-9 °C.
In Athens, the average monthly maximum temperature deviation value was +1.9 °C, with 25 of the 31 days of the month being warmer than normal for the season. In Thessaloniki, 27 days of the month were warmer than the average value of the period 2010-2019, where the average maximum temperature of the month fluctuated +2.9 ºC above normal levels.
In Lefkada, the most days with a positive temperature deviation were observed (31 days), followed by Ioannina and Igoumenitsa with 29 days. The biggest deviation in average monthly maximum temperature was noted in Orestiada with +4.9 °C and in second place in the ranking was Lemnos with +3.9 °C.
Worthy of mention is the absence of negative temperature values at all the meteorological stations of the National Observatory of Athens/meteo.gr, even in the highlands at an altitude of more than 2000 meters.