August 2022 was one of the warmest months recorded in Europe in the last century, but the Eastern Mediterranean, like our country, was an exception, according to the meteo of the National Observatory of Athens.
Across Greece, the average maximum daily temperature in August was lower than the average for the 2010-2019 period. This is mainly due to the prevalence of particularly low pressures in the Central Mediterranean and unusually high pressures in Northeast Europe, a combination that often caused instability in our region and the occurrence of precipitation.
During August this year, 53 weather stations of the National Observatory of Athens/meteo.gr recorded negative deviations of the average maximum daily temperature. Although in the first ten days of the month the temperature fluctuated slightly above normal levels for the season, the second half of the month was particularly “cold”, with the exception of the period of high temperatures between August 17 and 19 when positive temperature deviations of up to + 5 degrees Celsius.
For the Peloponnese and Central Greece it was the second coldest August since 2010, while for Western Greece and the Aegean Islands it was the third coldest (fifth for Crete).
In Macedonia, Central Greece and the Aegean Islands, up to 27 days with negative temperature deviations were recorded (Samos being the champion) out of a total of 31 days in the month. In Athens, the meteorological station in Gazi recorded 25 days with a maximum temperature lower than the normal levels for the season and an average monthly deviation of -1.3°C. In Thessaloniki the average maximum temperature fluctuated closer to the average of the period 2010-2019, with 15 days of negative temperature deviations.