Seasons in Cyprus

There are 300 to 340 sunny days per year in Cyprus. Whole climate of the island is considered as useful for health. Partly because of such climatic condition average life expectancy in Cyprus is 10 years longer than in the rest of Europe.

Hot and dry summer in Cyprus actually lasts from May to October. Average air temperature is 27 °C (81 °F) and water is only couple of degrees colder. Occasionally there are leaps of temperature to 35-37 °C (95-99 °F). But heat in Cyprus is smoothed out by fresh breezes and relatively low humidity.

Winter on the island is mild and humid. Rains last from October to April. Best months to visit Cyprus are May, first half of June and September – October. At that tome weather is warm and sunny and sea has extremely pleasant temperature.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Cyprus

Actual spring comes to Cyprus at January with blossom of first orchids. March brings gradual warming raising temperature to 19 °C (66 °F). Early spring is great time to visit Cyprus regarding that it is still to cold for seaside activities. But all sorts of sightseeing and all wonders of subtropical nature will be at your disposal.

Weather at April is quite similar to summer. Temperature is somewhere in range of 25 °C (77 °F). Sea is still rather cold for swimming but sunbathing and excursions are great. At May actual beach season begins. Especially at second half of the month when air warms up to 26-28 °C (79-82 °F).

The climate of the spring months

(Nicosia)

March
Max average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (44 °F)
Water t°: +17 °C (63 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9.5 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 25 mm (1.0")
April
Max average t°: +23 °C (74 °F)
Min average t°: +9.5 °C (49 °F)
Water t°: +18.5 °C (65 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 33 mm (1.3")
May
Max average t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Min average t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Water t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Sundial in the day: 12.5 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 37 mm (1.5")

Spring holidays

March 25 – National Day of Greece in Cyprus (Day of the anti-Turkish uprising of 1821).

April 1 – Cyprus National Day.

May 1 – Labor Day.
May 6 - Anfistory in Cyprus.
Easter celebrations with variable dates.

Summer in Cyprus

Hot and dry summer in Cyprus lasts up to middle of October. Jun is just warm (about 30 °C; 86 °F) but July may bring heat with temperatures up to 40 °C (104 °F). August have same weather or slightly hotter. But it is completely bearable conditions due to low humidity and constant cool breeze.

However sunlight on Cyprus is very intensive so it is easy to get scorched. So some sunscreen creams are necessary. Once heat becomes weary you may head to Troodos mountains. It is always cooler there. On tops of highest peaks there are year-round ice caps. Among coastal regions Pathos is considered as coolest one. This concerns temperature of water too.

The climate of the summer months

(Nicosia)

June
Max average t°: +33 °C (91 °F)
Min average t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Water t°: +24.5 °C (76 °F)
Sundial in the day: 13.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 8 mm (0.3")
July
Max average t°: +36 °C (97 °F)
Min average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Water t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Sundial in the day: 14 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0.9 mm (0.03")
August
Max average t°: +36 °C (97 °F)
Min average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Water t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Sundial in the day: 13 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 2.4 mm (0.09")


Summer holidays

Variable date between August and September – Wine Festival in Limassol.

Last decade of June – International Festival of Arts in Protaras.

August 15 – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Variable date – Festival of Dramatic Art in Limassol.

Autumn in Cyprus

Autumn in Cyprus is blessed time of the Velvet Season. September and most of October have warm weather. Temperature stays between 25 and 30 °C (77-86 °F). Sea is still warm enough with about 24 °C (75 °F) at September. But at October water cools down to 20 °C (68 °C).

Autumn is great time to spectate seasonal changes of nature of the island. Also weather conditions are perfect for sightseeing. On rather small territory of state located numerous sights of historical heritage. And travelling between them won’t take much time. At November weather spoils and most of tourists leave country. But rather pleasant walks are still at disposal of those who decided to stay or visit Cyprus.

The climate of the autumn months

(Nicosia)

September
Max average t°: +33 °C (91 °F)
Min average t°: +17.5 °C (64 °F)
Water t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11.5 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 13 mm (0.5")
October
Max average t°: +28 °C (82°F)
Min average t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Water t°: +25.5 °C (78 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 33 mm (1.3")
November
Max average t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Min average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Water t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 32 mm (1.2")

Autumn holidays

September 14 – Exaltation of the Cross of Christ in Cyprus.

October 1 – Independence Day of the Republic of Cyprus.

October 28 – Ochi Day in Cyprus.

Winter in Cyprus

Winter in Cyprus is mild. Sea is sold but temperature of air never drops below 15 °C (59 °F). There are occasional rains but yet weather is rather sunny. Weather of December and January is considered as wettest in a year.

At January orchids begin to bloom and at February meadows are covering with carpet of wild flowers. Meantime slopes of Troodos are trying on outfit of fresh spring grass. In higher regions snow cover remains from December to April. It is time for skiing. Combination of subtropical climate on plains of Cyprus and skiing on slopes of Troodos is worthy experience.

The climate of the winter months

(Nicosia)

December
Max average t°: +17 °C (63 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (44 °F)
Water t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 57 mm (2.2")
January
Max average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Min average t°: +5 °C (41 °F)
Water t°: +17.5 °C (64 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 60 mm (2.4")
February
Max average t°: +16 °C (61 °F)
Min average t°: +5 °C (41 °F)
Water t°: +17 °C (63 °F)
Sundial in the day:8 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 38 mm (1.5")

Winter holidays

December 25 – Christmas.

January 1 – New Year.
January 6 – Epiphany.
January 8 – Celebration in honor of the Kikk Icon of the Mother of God.
January 24 – Commemoration Day of Saint Neophyte.