Thessaloniki, Greece: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Thessaloniki, Greece? If you're planning to go to Thessaloniki, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Thessaloniki, Greece

Based on the climate and weather in Thessaloniki, the best time to go is September. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Thessaloniki, Greece by month

January

In January, Thessaloniki can be brisk and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 40s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Thessaloniki, with several of the days of the month having rain. In January, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Socks
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Waterproof boots
  • Standard footwear
  • Umbrella

February

If you visit Thessaloniki during February, you are likely to find that it is pretty cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Fleeces
  • Standard footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat

March

March in Thessaloniki is relatively cool and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C), with a few days below 32 F (single digits C).

It tends to rain about half of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Standard footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long skirts

April

In April, Thessaloniki is balmy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the 40s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Thessaloniki, with several of the days of the month having rain. In April, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage

May

If you vacation in Thessaloniki during May, you are likely to find that it is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

June

If you vacation in Thessaloniki during June, you are likely to find that it is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (mid 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof luggage

July

If you go to Thessaloniki in July, you will notice that it is consistently hot. Expect it to rain once in a while. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses

August

August here is consistently hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella

September

September in Thessaloniki is extremely warm. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear

October

If you vacation in Thessaloniki during October, you are likely to find that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Light footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion

November

November in Thessaloniki is relatively cool and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the low 50s F (mid 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage

December

December in Thessaloniki is brisk and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

It tends to rain about half of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Rain coat
  • Jacket or coat
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof footwear

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Thessaloniki, Greece

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Thessaloniki, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and F
  • A SIM card that works in Thessaloniki
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • If you plan to visit a synagogue, take appropriate clothing
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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