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Rock of Aphrodite (Petra tou Romiou), Paphos, Cyprus. Author Paul167. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution
Rock of Aphrodite (Petra tou Romiou), Paphos, Cyprus. Author Paul167. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution

Cyprus climate: when to go to Cyprus

The island of Cyprus enjoys a Mediterranean climate, characterized by mild and little rain winters, warm and dry summers, and mild and sunny spring and autumn. Summer usually lasts from mid-May to mid-October and winter from December to February.

The summer period is characterized by clear skies and high temperatures (sometimes above 40°C), mitigated, along the coast, by the sea breeze, but in the interior plains, the heat is often stifling, in the mountains, the temperatures are cooler.

The climate in winters is very mild, this is a relatively wetter period, and on the highest mountains of the island sometimes the snow falls.

The annual precipitation in Cyprus is fairly scarce, along the coast and in lowland areas they vary between 500 mm and 350 mm, while on the mountains they reach 1000 mm.

Lefkara, Cyprus. Author Leonid Mamchenkov. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution

Lefkara, Cyprus. Author Leonid Mamchenkov

The temperature of the sea in the island of Cyprus is more than 22 ° C from late May to mid-November. The water is warmer in the month of August when it reaches 27 ° C. Even during the three coldest months of the year, those from January to March, the average temperature of the sea water is certainly acceptable to a level around 17 ° C.


Cyprus can be visited all year, but the best period are the months between March and October.


NICÓSIA (220 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 5,7 15,5 54,7  7,3
February 5,2 15,9 41,6  6,5
March 7,0 19,2 28,3  5,4
April 10,2 24,3 19,9  3,5
May 14,8 29,7 23,5  2,7
June 19,4 34,3 17,6  1,3
July 22,2 37,2 5,8  0,5
August 21,9 36,9 1,3  0,1
September 18,8 33,5 11,7  0,6
October 15,6 29,0 17,4  2,8
November 10,4 22,1 54,6  4,7
December 7,1 17,0 65,8  7,7
YEAR 13,2 26,2 342,2  43,1
Month Sea water temperature °C
January 17
February 17
March 18
April 20
May 21
June 24
July 26
August 27
September 26
October 24
November 21
December 19

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