~ Wind and Weather in the Dodecanese Islands Sailing The Dodecanese Islands
The map above shows the wind from a typical week in August, this is when the meltemi is usually at its strongest. In the summer months the meltemi is the prevailing wind typically blowing from a NW – W direction, averaging a force 4 to 6 on a daily basis, although it can sometimes gust up to a force 7. In the spring and autumn months the wind swings around to blow from a SE direction at a reasonable force 2 to 4.
The Dodecanese Islands are a great destination if looking to head out earlier or later in the season, as the weather in the summer can reach the sweltering heights of 35 degrees whereas in the spring and autumn it enjoys a mild climate.
This sailing ground is ideal for those who’ve sailed in Greece and looking to spread their wings, as it has excellent sailing conditions combined with great weather.
Beaufort Scale Wind descriptions:
Force 1 to 3 – light winds
Force 4 – moderate winds
Force 5 – fresh winds
Force 6 – strong winds