Post by yorkshiremouth on Oct 30, 2019 14:22:31 GMT
I posted at FB (and got a lot of earache for doing so) not long after I returned, to say that I felt the season on Skiathos should be extended.
My holiday, during the last week of the season, was marked by temperatures of a pretty much rock solid 25 degrees, and hardly a cloud in sight, from the Friday when I arrived through to the following Wednesday. Thursday was cloudy and just a little cooler (though this was welcome as I was doing the 4x4 jeep trip), but still great.
This week - pretty much a full month later - has temperatures of between 18 and 23, with rain on 2 days and bright sunshine for the rest.
If anything, previous visits with temperatures way up in the 30s (nudging towards the 40s) were perhaps a tad hot. 25 is pretty much ideal for me, and I'm sure I'm not alone.
Now the weather is necessarily more volatile at the extremes of the season, but a quick browse of the data from the last decade suggests that you'd be massively unlucky to encounter more than a couple of days of rain during any one week in either April or October, and that whilst April can be , October appears stubbornly warm:
It was quite eerie wandering round Koukounaries, and down Papadiamantis Street at 10 O'clock at night, with the heat still in the 20s, and find myself to be the only person out on the street. In some ways it was not unpleasant, but it would be a far more attractive experience for most people, for most of the time, if there were others there. There's no one there because it was the last week, and places were closing. Places were closing because there was no one there. The whole TC debacle didn't help, but the main reason for the shortage of tourists was quite simply that the package companies don't fly there.
I'm confident that the season could extended by at least a couple of weeks in late April, and a further 4 in October. Skiathos isn't just about blazing heat.