Seasons in Florence

Florence is large city in northern part of the Italian Peninsula. It is situated on the Arno River. There are three more minor rivers and several streams than flow across Florence. Weather in the city is drier and warmer than in localities of inland plains of Italy.

The climate of the region is bordering of humid subtropical and Mediterranean. Local summers are hot and moderate in terms of precipitation, while winters are cool and damp. Temperature remains above freezing most of the time but some snow flurries are common.


Seasons

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Spring in Florence

March in Florence is rather cool with range of daily temperatures between 16 °C (61 °F) and 6 °C (43 °F). It gradually gets warmer through whole season and in April the city is covered with lush vegetation and blooming flowers. Peak of spring warming is in May when air warms up to 23 °C (73 °F) at afternoon. Evenings are rather cool with 11 °C (52 °F).

Precipitation in general is moderate. There is minor annual peak of rains in April with amount of 86 mm. There are 7 to 10 days with significant precipitation. Daily amount of sunshine reaches 7-8 hours.

Climate of the Spring Months

March
Max average t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Min average t°: +5 °C (41.5 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 58 mm (2.3")
April
Max average t°: +18 °C (65 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (47 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9.5 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 40 mm (1.6")
May
Max average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (53 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 44 mm (1.7")

Spring Holidays

March 6 – Birthday of Michelangelo.
March 25 – Florentine New Year.
March – St. Paddy’s day festival, interior design fair, food fair.

March-April – Easter celebrations.
April – The Explosion of the Cart, Artisan Crafts Fair, a Medieval Carnival, the Notte Bianca, a flower fair.
April 25 – The liberation Day.

May – Florence ice-cream Festival.
May 1 – Labor Day, flag throwing competitions.

Summer in Florence

Weather of June in Florence is comfortable and pleasant with daily averages of 27-16 °C (81-61 °F). Afternoons in June and July are melting hot with averages of 31 °C (88 °F) and even higher from time to time. Evenings are much more comfortable. At nights temperature drops to around 18 °C (64 °F).

Precipitation in summer is moderate. July is the driest month with only around 36 mm (1.4”) of monthly amount. Rains are often accompanied by thunder and lightning. There are around 15 rainy days per season.


Climate of the Summer Months

June
Max average t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Min average t°: +16 °C (60 °F)
Sundial in the day: 13 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 47 mm (1.85")
July
Max average t°: +31 °C (88 °F)
Min average t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Sundial in the day: 13.3 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 29 mm (1.15")
August
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Sundial in the day: 13hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 15 mm (0.6")

Summer Holidays

June – Florence Medieval Football.
June 2 – Republic Day.
June 24 – Saint John the Baptist.

August 10 – Feast of San Lorenzo.
August 15 – Ferragosto.

Autumn in Florence

September and first half October are still warm enough to be considered as pleasant. Daily ranges of temperatures for first two months of autumn are 27-15 °C (80-59 °F) and 21-11 °C (70-52 °F) respectively. Closer to November cooling crosses the line of comfortableness when at afternoon air warms up only to 15 °C (59 °F) and cools down to 5 °C (41 °F) after dusk.

Autumn is the bath of a year. Monthly amount of precipitation grows from 80 mm (3”) in September to 113 mm (4.4”) in November. Number of rainy days grows too as well as relative air humidity. So, autumn in general is about decreasing temperatures and increasing rainfall.


Climate of the Autumn Months

September
Max average t°: +26 °C (78 °F)
Min average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 38.5 mm (1.5")
October
Max average t°: +19.5 °C (67 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (52 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 45.5 mm (1.8")
November
Max average t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (44 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 62 mm (2.4")

Autumn Holidays

September 7 – Feast of the Rificolona.
September 8 – The anniversary of the first stone of the Florence Cathedral.

October – Santa Reparata, Bi-annual International Antique Fair and Exhibit.

November 1 – All Saints Day.
November 30 – Feast of Tuscany.

Winter in Florence

Though winter temperature rarely goes below freezing, winters in Florence are chilly due to high relative air humidity and rainfall. Daytime temperatures hover between 10 °C (50 °F) and 12 °C (53 °F) while at night air is usually as cool as 3 °C (37 °F). But, general dampness makes weather seem colder than it actually is. In addition to cold and rains there is pitiful amount of sunshine: only around 3 hours per day.

Climate of the Winter Months

December
Max average t°: +9.5 °C (49 °F)
Min average t°: +3 °C (38 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 40 mm (1.6")
January
Max average t°: +8.5 °C (48 °F)
Min average t°: +2 °C (35 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5.5 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 42 mm (1.65")
February
Max average t°: +10.5 °C (51 °F)
Min average t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 54 mm (2.1")

Winter Holidays

December 8 – Immaculate Conception.
December 24-26 – Christmas celebrations.
December 31 – New Year’s Eve.

January – Befana e Vigile Urbano (vintage car show), Cavalcade of the Magi.
January 6 – Epiphany.

February – Carnival, anniversary of the death of Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici.