Cyprus is a beautiful island country located in the Mediterranean Sea. The climate here is subtropical, which means that the weather is generally mild throughout the year. However, there are still four distinct seasons: winter, spring, summer, and autumn. Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect weather-wise during each season in Cyprus.
Winds in Cyprus are mostly changeable and strong, depending on the rise of the land and local temperatures.
The sea temperature generally hovers above 22° C from June to November, climbing to 27° C in August. Even during the three coldest months of January to March, average sea temperatures are 16° or 17° C. Near the coast, the temperature of water three or four metres deep is similar to that of the open sea, ranging from 15° to 17°C in February and from 23° to 28° C in August.
During the days in winter – and at night throughout the year – humidity ranges from average to gently low (65% – 95%). During summer it is very low near noon, ranging from 15% to 30%. Fog is rare in Cyprus and typically takes place in the early morning. You can also find out about daily weather forecasts, from the internet websites, TV, newspaper or radio.
Although the average temperature during winter is a comfortable 16 degrees Celsius, things can get pretty chilly at night, with temperatures dropping to as low as 5 degrees. The good news is that the days are getting longer, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy some winter sun! Just be sure to pack a coat and scarf.
Activities in Winter
December weather that is sunny but not hot makes this month ideal to see the cultural and historic sites. January and February are ideal for day trips to discover the island and conditions are great for skiing on the Troodos mountain and outdoor activities in general.
This is arguably the best time to visit Cyprus, as the weather is perfect for spending time outdoors. The average temperature during spring hovers around 20 degrees Celsius, although it can get quite warm (up to 30 degrees) during April and May. This is also a great time to visit if you’re a fan of wildflowers, as they are in full bloom during springtime.
Activities in Spring
March, April and May are great seasons to get out and enjoy most outdoor activities. It is an excellent period to experience long countryside walks and natural trails because nature in March is at its best and the countryside is alive with green fields. By late May the weather is comfortable enough for visiting the beach, although the sea is still a bit chilly – about 19°C-21°C.
Summer is when things really start heating up in Cyprus! Temperatures during this time of year can reach a sweltering 40 degrees Celsius, so make sure to stay hydrated and take plenty of breaks if you’re planning on spending any extended amount of time outdoors. The upside of the heat is that there are often cooling breezes blowing in off the sea. Note that many businesses close down for the month of August, as this is when most Cypriots take their annual holidays.
Activities in Summer
Summer months are perfect for basking in the sun and are ideal for swimming, sunbathing, and many other beach and water activities from sailing to scuba diving. However If you decide to explore the archeological sites, then do it early in the morning or in late afternoon to avoid the hottest part of the day.
Autumn brings cooler temperatures and shorter days back to Cyprus. However, this shouldn’t deter you from visiting; in fact, many people feel that autumn is one of the best times to come. The crowds have thinned out but the weather is still pleasant enough to enjoy all that Cyprus has to offer. Just be sure to pack a light jacket for those cooler evenings.
Activities in Autumn
Autumn months are perfect for countryside excursions especially inland to villages and vineyards for wine tasting. These months are also a good time for most outdoor sports.
As you can see, there’s something for everyone weather-wise here in Cyprus! No matter what time of year you choose to visit, you’re sure to enjoy your stay.
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