Time Zone: UTC/GMT +2
Weather in Santorini is mild and dry throughout most of the year. Abundant sunshine makes it a popular tourist destination, especially during the summer months of June to August when the island receives an average of 12-13 hours sunshine each day. Temperatures during this period average about 29°C (84°F) during the day and reach up to 35°C (95°F) on occasions. Regular breezes from across the sea are a welcome break from the heat and bring night time temperatures down to about 20 - 24°C (68 - 75°F). While the winter months of November to February are traditionally the wettest times of the year in Santorini, the days are still mostly sunny with average temperatures of 10 - 14°C (50 - 57°) dropping to 4 - 7°C (39 - 44°F) overnight.
- The traditional Greek name for Santorini is Thira.
- Santorini is 18km (11 miles) in length and covers an area of 76 square kilometres (29.3 square miles).
- In 1500 BC, Santorini was ripped apart by a volcanic eruption that created the caldera and is thought to have wiped out the Minoan civilisation.
- The last volcanic eruption on the island was at Nea Kameni in 1950.
- There are no rivers and few natural springs on Santorini so most of the water supply comes from rain tanks and desalination.