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Dolomites, Italy. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini
Dolomites, Italy. Author Marco Ramerini

Northern Italy climate: when to go to Northern Italy

Northern Italy includes several climatic zones, the largest climate zone in northern Italy is the one that includes the Po Valley, the valley where flows the river Po, in this area the climate is mainly continental with cold winters and hot summers but quite rainy. The snow as well as the fog in the Po Valley is frequent in the winter months.

In the mountains of the Alps and Apennines the climate is alpine with lots of snow and cold temperatures in winter and mild temperatures and abundant rainfall during the summer months.

Along the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, that is, along the coast of Liguria and Tuscany, the climate is Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, dry summers. The climate, especially in winter, is more rigid along the Adriatic coast exposed to the winds from Eastern Europe.

Duomo, Florence, Italy. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Duomo, Florence, Italy. Author Marco Ramerini

The rains are very abundant along the Alps where fall more than 1,000 mm per year, but where in some areas it can grow up to 2,500 mm per year. In the Po Valley rains tend to decrease going from west to east. In the mountains of Liguria and Tuscan-Emilian Apennines rainfall is more intense and to the south of the Apennines back to decrease.

WHEN TO GO TO NORTHERN ITALY

The best months to visit northern Italy are the months between April and September, months characterized by warmer weather and long days of light. The months of July and August are sometimes very hot, but great for beach holidays. The best months to visit the Italian cities of art are those between April and June and September and October.

Milan Climate.

Venice Climate.

Florence Climate.

NORTHERN ITALY CLIMATE TABLES

MILAN (120 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January -0,9 5,9 58,7 6,7
February 0,3 9,0 49,2 5,3
March 3,8 14,3 65,0 6,7
April 7,0 17,4 75,5 8,1
May 11,6 22,3 95,5 8,9
June 15,4 26,2 66,7 7,7
July 18,0 29,2 66,8 5,4
August 17,6 28,5 88,8 7,1
September 14,0 24,4 93,1 6,1
October 9,0 17,8 122,4 8,3
November 3,7 10,7 76,7 6,4
December 0,1 6,4 61,7 6,3
YEAR 8,3 17,7 920,1 83,0
VENICE (6 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January -0,1 6,6 47,0 6
February 0,8 8,6 48,3 5
March 4,1 12,5 48,8 6
April 7,8 16,1 70,0 8
May 12,7 21,5 66,0 8
June 16,1 24,9 78,0 9
July 18,3 27,7 63,9 6
August 17,7 27,5 64,8 6
September 14,3 23,5 72,0 6
October 9,6 18,0 73,5 7
November 4,0 11,6 65,5 6
December 0,6 7,4 50,6 6
YEAR 8,8 17,2 748,4 79
FLORENCE (50 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 1,4 10,1 73,1 9
February 2,8 12,0 69,2 8
March 4,9 15,0 80,1 9
April 7,7 18,8 77,5 9
May 11,3 23,4 72,6 9
June 14,7 27,3 54,7 6
July 17,2 31,1 39,6 4
August 17,0 30,6 76,1 6
September 14,2 26,6 77,5 6
October 10,0 21,1 87,8 7
November 5,5 14,9 111,2 10
December 2,4 10,4 91,3 9
YEAR 9,1 20,1 910,7 92
RIMINI
Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 12
February 12
March 12
April 14
May 18
June 22
July 26
August 25
September 23
October 20
November 16
December 14
ELBA ISLAND (ISOLA D’ELBA)
Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 14
February 13
March 14
April 14
May 18
June 21
July 24
August 25
September 22
October 20
November 17
December 15

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