The island enjoys an intense Mediterranean climate with
long, warm and dry summers from mid-May to mid-October. The
winters are mild and sometimes rainy, lasting from December to
February. Summers and winters in Cyprus are separated by short
autumn and spring seasons.
Summer on the island is a season of high temperatures with
cloudless sky, but the sea breeze creates a pleasant atmosphere
in coastal areas. The hottest month ranges from 21 – 34 °C,
in the high summer the temperatures reach up to 40 °C. In the
interior of the island the temperature during the coldest months
is between 7 and 15 degrees. Relief is a significant factor as
far as temperatures are concerned. The higher the relief the
lower the temperature is. In sunny coastal holiday resorts is
therefore higher temperature while the Troodos Mountains or the
Kyrenia Mountain range gets more rainfall and lower
temperatures. Winters are mild with some rain and only
occasional quick-melting falls of snow. The whole island boasts
high sunshine duration in all coastal areas, even in January
there are generally six hours of bright sunshine during the day.
The weather in Cyprus is really most pleasant for holidays all
The following table shows the mean daily temperature to
certain towns in Cyprus in January and July/August.
relative humidity (%)
The average rainfall of 402 mm, however, is below
Mediterranean average, conforms more to the climate pattern of
the eastern Mediterranean. Although snowfall is not typical of
Cyprus plains and coastal areas, it can remain on the Troodos
massif for 50 days a year. The coastal plains get a low
rainfall, on average from 340 to 500 mm, falling predominately
in the winter (Paphos town: 428 mm, Polis
Chrysochou: 471 mm, Limassol town: 435
mm, Larnaca town: 369 mm). Nicosia
town is characterized by lower average rainfall (324 mm) as it
is situated in the outback of the island. In the hilly areas the
average rainfall varies between 500 and 750 mm, falling
particularly in winter, rarely in the summer. Due to the
altitude, the highest number of rainfall is bound to the
mountainous areas, where it ranges between 750 and 1110 mm with
very little rainfall in the summer.
Here are some hints concerning clothes to wear during the
whole year in Cyprus:
December - January: It is the
winter time for Cypriots however, at daytime the sunshine is not
absent. During this period you should be prepared for all the
kinds of weather that a European spring may bring. The evenings
and nights are cold. Recommended are winter clothes but
definitely not heavy coats.
February - March: Occasional
rain, sometimes chilly evenings. Plenty of warm and sunny days.
March is a spring period in Cyprus. Light winter clothes with
April - May: Pleasantly warm
days, though temperatures may fall a bit at night. Medium-weight
and summer apparel with woollies for the evenings.
June - July - August: Hot summer
time with the cloudless sky and temperatures up to 40° C.
Recommended is very light summer clothing. Make sure you wear
sunglasses and a hat. Have plenty of sun cream with you as well
as a bottle of water.
September - October: Hot or warm
days with cooler October evenings. Light-weight clothing for the
day and medium-weight, like light jacket for the evenings in
November: Pleasantly warm and
sunny days. Recommended is medium-weight clothing supplied with
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