Hello!!!As an Athenian bread and born and as a lover of Athens weather let me give u the true figures about Athens
First its a total misconception that it snows in Athens every year...This is due to the last 4 blizards of 2002,2004,2006 and 2008 which happen in Athens every 130 years!!!I mean to have a decade with 4 years of such snowfalls!!
Before 2002 it hadnt snowed in Athens for nearly 15 years!!!
However it is true that Athens sees more snow on average than Palermo...but this is slightly more..because if you compare the southern suburbs of Athens you hardly see snow...And I know very well as I grew up in southern Athens!!!
The average January temperature for Athens is 10.2C whereas for Palermo its 11...so not much of a difference there...The average yearly temperature is 18.2 in Athens which is almost the same with Palermo if not higher
However summers are another story!!!We have extremely high temperatures and the average high in July is 35C and always sunny.In fact Athens has the official european highest temperature record in Europe with 48.0C in 1977 in a western suburb called Elefsis!!!This part of Athens is susceptible to foehn winds that brings up temperatures in the summer dramatically.There is hardly a year that you see a July without 40C...I personally dont remember any year without 40C in Athens!!!
In terms of sunshine we receive about 2890hours of sunshine which is higher than Palermo and one of the highest in Europe.Also we have a very dry climate with an average of 400mm of rain per year.Some parts of southern athens even have a semiarid climate...
Athens has been praised internationally for its climate from Strabo in antiquity to Coopers in recent years.Where ever I go I cannot find the clear Athenean skies and the extremely healthy Athens climate...It is indeed exceptional and I feel blessed to have grown up in Athens
....now i live in grey London and I miss the Athens sunshine!!!
Here you go...this is Athens for you