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View Poll Results: Which one do you prefer?
Athens 15 51.72%
Thessaloniki 14 48.28%
Voters: 29. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-14-2015, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Serres, Greece
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A greek climate battle. Athens and Thessaloniki are the biggest greek cities. Athens in a coastal region with hills near the see in South Greece and Thessaloniki a coastal city in North Greece. They affected by different weather patterns as you see. Athens has humid, quite wet, quite windy and mild winters and Thessaloniki has damp, dry, quite windy and relatively cold winters. Snow is more common in Thessaloniki. In the past Thessaloniki saw some heavy snowfalls with many snowlying days. At the city centre there are on average 8 days of snowfall and 6 snowlying days per year. In latest years the city has less snow and when it happens it doesn 't last for more than a few days. Athens can see snow too and when it happens it is generally heavy (due to Aegean effect) but it melts quickly. In summer both cities are hot. Record lows in winter are -14 C in Thessaloniki and -8,8 C in Athens (at the suburb of Tatoi). Athens is hotter than Thessaloniki in summer, with less humidity and in Athens in summer time often blow north winds so the real feel is lower. Record highs in summer are 44 C in Thessaloniki and about 46 and 48 C in Athens. Both cities have notorious heat waves in summer. Thunderstorm activity is common in both cities. Athens have on average 16,1 days with thunderstorm and Thessaloniki has on average 33,6 days with thunderstorm. Thunderstorm in Thessaloniki is more common from April through October and in Athens is more common from October through April.



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Old 06-14-2015, 05:36 AM
 
Location: Serres, Greece
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Me I prefer Thessaloniki because has the potential of snow, cold and less hot summers.
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Old 06-14-2015, 05:50 AM
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Athens for the milder winter.
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Old 06-14-2015, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Thessaloniki has a great climate My vote goes to it.
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Old 06-14-2015, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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They're both rather similar. But Athens for the warmer and sunnier winters.
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Old 06-14-2015, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Serres, Greece
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And some weather conditions in both cities.
Heavy snow and cold in Thessaloniki in December 1988. Lowest temperature in that month -9,2 C.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a32AHqJy2Pc
Heavy snow in Thessaloniki in December 2001. Daily mean temperature in that month: 1,6 C. Absolute high: 9 C and absolute low: -9,8 C. Snowlying from mid December through late December. It is impressive for a greek coastal city.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB2NfNHX--A
Heavy snow in Athens in January 2002 (generally the winter 2001-2002 was cold and snowy for Greece till mid January).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIn3CqvMSsg
Thundersnow in Athens in February 2004.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEteYt-ejhA
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Old 06-14-2015, 08:32 AM
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Location: Ontario
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Both have hot summers.

I chose Athens for milder winter, sunnier.
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Old 06-14-2015, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Washington
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Athens is sunnier and less humid summer so it gets my vote.
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Old 06-14-2015, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Bologna, Italy
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Thessaloniki for me because the winters are colder and there are more chances of snow, and precipitation is more evenly distributed with more possible thunderstorms in the summer. Looks like here when we have a mild winter (just like this year).

Athens is very fine though.
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Old 06-14-2015, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Western SC
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Thessaloniki, it is cooler year-round, and the precipitation is more evenly distributed.
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