Climate and monthly weather forecast

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The climate of Cyprus

Cyprus, the third-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, exhibits a wide range of microclimates due to its varied topography. The island is partitioned into a central plain, the Kyrenia and Troodos mountain ranges, and scattered, small, high plains. Given its location in the Eastern Mediterranean, it is classified under two Köppen climate types: Csa and BSh.

The inland areas, primarily falling under the Csa classification, enjoy a warm temperate climate with a dry, hot summer. In these regions, the coldest month is warmer than -3°C (26.6°F) but colder than 18°C (64.4°F), and the summer temperatures frequently exceed 30°C (86°F), especially in July and August. The coastal regions and some parts of the inland, classified under BSh, witness a semi-arid climate with a hot summer. Here, the mean annual temperature remains above 18°C (64.4°F), and the coldest month usually records a mean temperature above -3°C (26.6°F). Rainfall, although less than the inland areas, is well-distributed throughout the year, keeping the climate relatively humid.

The best time to visit Cyprus

The ideal time to visit Cyprus is during the transitional seasons of spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November). During these periods, the weather is generally warm, yet comfortable, with average temperatures hovering between 20°C (68°F) to 28°C (82.4°F). The chance of rainfall is relatively low during these months, allowing for outdoor activities and exploration. The sea remains pleasantly warm, providing excellent conditions for water sports, swimming, and sunbathing. Furthermore, the island's natural beauty is accentuated, with wildflowers blooming in the spring and the landscape adorned with hues of orange and red in autumn.

The worst time to visit Cyprus

The peak summer months from July to August are generally considered the least favorable time to visit Cyprus due to the intense heat. During this time, temperatures frequently rise above 35°C (95°F), particularly in the inland areas. Coupled with low humidity, this can make sightseeing and outdoor activities uncomfortable. Additionally, these months draw a large influx of tourists, leading to crowded beaches and attractions. Another unfavorable period is winter, especially in January and February, when temperatures drop to 8°C (46.4°F), and the island experiences its highest rainfall, albeit still relatively low, amounting to 60-80mm (-3.15") per month.

Spring weather in Cyprus

Spring in Cyprus, from March to May, brings in moderate weather, with temperatures gradually rising from an average of 15°C (59°F) in March to 25°C (77°F) by May. It is during this season that Cyprus bursts into a riot of colors, with a variety of indigenous flowers blooming across the island. Rainfall decreases substantially from the winter months, ranging from 20mm (0.79") in March to nearly negligible by May. This period also witnesses longer daylight hours, with up to 12 hours of sunshine in May, making it perfect for outdoor exploration.

Summer weather in Cyprus

Summers in Cyprus, extending from June to August, are characteristically hot and dry. Temperatures in the coastal areas range from 27°C (80.6°F) to 30°C (86°F), while inland areas often record temperatures above 35°C (95°F). In July and August, the heat reaches its peak, and the island receives up to 13 hours of sunshine per day. Rainfall is minimal, typically less than 10mm (0.39") throughout the entire season. Despite the heat, the sea remains relatively cooler, with temperatures averaging 27°C (80.6°F), providing a refreshing respite.

Autumn weather in Cyprus

Autumn in Cyprus, from September to November, sees a gradual decline in temperature, providing relief from the summer heat. Average temperatures range from 28°C (82.4°F) in September to about 18°C (64.4°F) by November. Rainfall remains relatively low until November when it increases to approximately 60mm (2.36"). The sea temperature remains warm, averaging between 26°C (78.8°F) in September to 20°C (68°F) in November. This season also offers an array of vibrant colors, as the landscape begins to change.

Winter weather in Cyprus

Winter in Cyprus, from December to February, experiences the coolest temperatures, with averages ranging from 13°C (55.4°F) to 17°C (62.6°F). Nights can be chilly, with lows dropping down to 5°C (41°F), particularly in the mountainous regions. This period also sees the highest rainfall, peaking at 80mm (3.15") in December and February. Despite the rainfall, Cyprus still enjoys an average of 5 to 6 hours of sunshine per day. Moreover, the Troodos Mountains often receive enough snowfall for skiing and other winter sports.

Weather in January

January in Cyprus is the coldest month of the year, marking the peak of the winter season. Average temperatures across the island range from 8°C (46.4°F) to 16°C (60.8°F), with coastal regions being somewhat warmer than the inland areas. Weather in January »

Weather in February

February continues the winter trend in Cyprus with a slight hint of spring's impending arrival. Average temperatures across the island gradually increase in comparison to January, ranging between 9°C (48.2°F) and 17°C (62.6°F). Weather in February »

Weather in March

March in Cyprus marks the transition from winter to spring. During this month, the average temperatures across the island continue to rise, reaching between 11°C (51.8°F) and 19°C (66.2°F). Coastal cities such as Paphos and Limassol typically enjoy slightly warmer temperatures ranging from 12°C (53.6°F) to 20°C (68°F). Weather in March »

Weather in April

April in Cyprus sees the spring season in full swing. The island experiences a substantial increase in temperature, with average highs ranging from 21°C (69.8°F) to 24°C (75.2°F) in most parts. Coastal cities, including Limassol and Paphos, experience temperatures between 13°C (55.4°F) to 23°C (73.4°F), while the capital city, Nicosia, which lies in the inland areas, sees a slightly broader range from 11°C (51.8°F) to 26°C (78.8°F). In the Troodos Mountains, temperatures continue to rise, and the melting snow from winter months gives way to blooming wildflowers, creating a vibrant landscape. Weather in April »

Weather in May

May in Cyprus marks the arrival of early summer. The temperature across the island experiences a significant increase, with average highs reaching from 26°C (78.8°F) to 30°C (86°F). Coastal cities such as Limassol and Paphos see temperatures ranging from 16°C (60.8°F) to 27°C (80.6°F), while the inland areas, including Nicosia, observe temperatures between 15°C (59°F) to 33°C (91.4°F). The Troodos Mountains, at this time of the year, offer pleasant weather with temperatures averaging between 13°C (55.4°F) and 23°C (73.4°F). Weather in May »

Weather in June

June in Cyprus signals the beginning of the full summer season, characterized by a notable increase in temperatures. Average temperatures across the island range from 20°C (68°F) to 34°C (93.2°F), offering warm and sunny conditions throughout the day. Weather in June »

Weather in July

July in Cyprus marks the peak of the summer season, characterized by high temperatures and abundant sunshine. Average temperatures across the island hover between 23°C (73.4°F) to 38°C (100.4°F), with coastal cities like Limassol and Paphos experiencing a slightly milder range from 22°C (71.6°F) to 32°C (89.6°F). Weather in July »

Weather in August

August in Cyprus is the second peak month of the summer season, marked by high temperatures and an abundance of sunshine. Average temperatures across the island remain high, ranging from 23°C (73.4°F) to 37°C (98.6°F). Coastal cities such as Larnaca and Paphos experience temperatures from 23°C (73.4°F) to 32°C (89.6°F), providing warm conditions ideal for beach activities. Weather in August »

Weather in September

September in Cyprus marks the transition from summer to autumn. The month sees a gradual decrease in temperatures, with average values ranging from 20°C (68°F) to 33°C (91.4°F) across the island. Coastal cities like Limassol and Paphos experience temperatures between 21°C (69.8°F) and 30°C (86°F), providing pleasant conditions ideal for beach activities and exploration. Weather in September »

Weather in October

October in Cyprus signals the deepening of the autumn season, with further reduction in temperatures and increased rainfall. The average temperatures across the island range from 15°C (59°F) to 28°C (82.4°F). Coastal cities such as Paphos and Larnaca witness temperatures from 17°C (62.6°F) to 27°C (80.6°F), providing pleasant conditions for outdoor activities. Weather in October »

Weather in November

November in Cyprus ushers in a noticeable transition towards the cooler winter season. The average temperatures across the island range from 10°C (50°F) to 22°C (71.6°F). Coastal cities such as Limassol and Larnaca experience temperatures between 12°C (53.6°F) to 22°C (71.6°F), becoming increasingly cooler, especially during the nights. Weather in November »

Weather in December

December in Cyprus marks the onset of winter, with average temperatures across the island ranging from 8°C (46.4°F) to 17°C (62.6°F). Coastal cities like Limassol and Paphos see temperatures from 10°C (50°F) to 17°C (62.6°F), offering mild conditions by European winter standards. Weather in December »


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