Climate is one the main features which turn Corfu into a major tourist destination. The island benefits from an all year long range of warm temperatures, though the differences between the hot season (summer) and the cold one (winter) are significant enough to manage to make a summer vacation and a winter vacation in Corfu quite dissimilar. Transitional seasons or, at least, parts of them, are opted for by tourists who prefer rather mild warm temperatures instead of the almost scorching weather of the peak summer months.
In this respect, summer starts off with maximum temperature values of 28°C (in June) which stabilize around 31°C (in July and August), though higher values are not unheard off. On the contrary, temperatures around 40°C are pretty common. Sea breezes and the local winds called “maistro” manage to make such air temperature values more bearable, and a further cooling solution is represented by the sea itself to which tourists who sunbathe may resort in view of freshening up. A popular option plenty of tourists choose refers to visiting Corfu in spring or in autumn (more precisely, from April to May, and from September to October, respectively), when air temperatures are much more bearable – from 18°C to 25°C – and, furthermore, beaches are less crowded. Some tend to appreciate such features. Winter is deemed the rain season, and rainfalls begin to occur in November and stop in March. Air temperatures are highly unlikely to drop below 14°C, but rain is, however, able to compromise a vacation, which is why holidaymakers should either focus on objectives other than sunbathing or plan a trip to Corfu in a different moment of the year. As damaging as rain might seem to the tourist activity of the island, it is, at the same time, an undeniable and vital contributor to the lush flora of the island, which, at its turn, can be capitalized as a tourist asset.