Seasons in Roma

One of the oldest cities on Earth is located in Italy, on banks of the Tiber River in 25 km (15.5 mi.) from coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The city is situated in the zone of subtopic Mediterranean climate. Weather of the locality is formed under influence of the sea from west and Apennine Mountains from east.

In terms of weather conditions there is no winter in Rome. During winter months air is as warm as 5-10 °C (41-50 °F). The middle of summer is way warmer. Actually it is hot and dry with lesser rains and temperature reaching 30 °C (86 °F). Snow and frosts are extremely uncommon in Rome.


Seasons

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Spring in Roma

During spring people of Rome and visitors of the city are experiencing general improvement of weather. Warming starts right away in March. Through the season daytime temperature grows from 15 °C (59 °F) to 23 °C (73 °F). Evenings become warmer too from 5 °C in March to around 11 °C (52 °F) in late April and May. Though, the sea isn’t as warm. In May the water in it is only 19 °C (66 °F). Amount of daylight hours hits 9 in May.

In terms of precipitation spring is rainy. Number of rainy days is almost same as in autumn but actual amount of precipitation is lesser. Late May is one of the most comfortable periods in Rome.

Climate of the Spring Months

March
Max average t°: +16 °C (61 °F)
Min average t°: +5 °C (41 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5.5 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 70 mm (2.7")
April
Max average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (46 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6.5 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 65 mm (2.5")
May
Max average t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (52 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 50 mm (2.0")

Spring Holidays

March – Eurochocolate festival, Rome Marathon.
March 8 – Festa Della Donna (Women's Day).
March 14 – The Ides of March.
March-April – Easter celebrations.

April – Painters in Via Margutta, Week of Culture.
April 21 (or near) – Rome’s Birthday.
April 25 – Liberation Day.

May – Rome Tennis Masters Series, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
May 1 – Labor Day.
May 6 – Swearing-in of Swiss Guard (visit should be coordinated with Vatican).

Summer in Roma

Heat and dry weather comes to Rome in summer. In the June daytime average temperature reaches 27 °C (80 °F) growing to 30 °C (86 °F) with progress of the season. Occasionally temperature even hits 40 °C (104 °F). So it is better to schedule outdoor activities for mornings and evenings. Locals prefer to spend this time in mountains or by the sea.

Summer is the driest and sunniest time of a year. Mere 1/8 of annual amount of precipitation falls during the season. There are only around 10 rainy days in three summer months. Seaside breezes ease summer heat to certain extent.


Climate of the Summer Months

June
Max average t°: +28°C (82 °F)
Min average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9.5 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 40 mm (1.6")
July
Max average t°: +31 °C (88 °F)
Min average t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10.5 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 25 mm (1.0")
August
Max average t°: +31 °C (88 °F)
Min average t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9.5 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 35 mm (1.4")

Summer Holidays

June - Foto-Graphia.
June 2 – Republic Day.
June 23 – Feast of St. John.
June 29 – Saints Peter and Paul Day.

June-August – Nights of Cinema, Gay Village.
July – Fashion Show at Trinità dei Monti, Castel Sant'Angelo Book Fair, Festa de' Noantri, The Expo Tevere.

August – The Festa della Madonna Della Neve ("Madonna of the Snow").
August 15 – Ferragosto, Assumption.

Autumn in Roma

September in Rome is rather summer month than autumn. Actually, comfortable temperature range remains to the middle of October. Through first half of the season daytime averages decrease from 27 °C (80 °F) to 22 °C (71 °F). Starting from second half October weather becomes cooler. By the end of November range of daily temperatures shifts to 16-7 °C (61-44 °F).

While temperatures are decreasing, amount of precipitation grows. Autumn is the rainiest season in Rome. Amount of precipitation grows from 73 mm (2.8”) in September to 115 mm (4.5”) in November. Actually, during last month of autumn Rome receives as much precipitation as during whole summer.


Climate of the Autumn Months

September
Max average t°: +27 °C (81 °F)
Min average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 75 mm (3.0")
October
Max average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (52 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6.5 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 100 mm (3.9")
November
Max average t°: +17 °C (63 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (45 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 110 mm (4.3")

Autumn Holidays

September – International Urban Theatre Festival, Notte Bianca, Roma Europa Festival, Festival of the Grape, beginning of football (soccer) season.

October – Great Autumn Antique Market, The Rome Jazz Festival.
October 3 – Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

November – Painters in Via Margutta.
November 1 – All Saints Day.
November 22 – Feast of St. Cecilia.

Winter in Roma

In December weather stabilizes with the lowest temperatures. Daily range for all three months of the season is between 13 °C (55 °F) and 3 °C (37 °F). Though, temperature never goes below freezing comfort is compromised by piercing cold winds and rather frequent rains. Snow occurs only in exceptional occasions. Days are cloudy and dull with around 4 hours of sunshine. In late February weather conditions starts to crawl up to state of early spring.

Climate of the Winter Months

December
Max average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Min average t°: +4 °C (39 °F)
Sundial in the day: 3.5 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 95 mm (3.7")
January
Max average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Min average t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 85 mm (3.3")
February
Max average t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Min average t°: +4 °C (39 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4.5 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 80 mm (3.1")

Winter Holidays

December – Christmas Markets, Hanukkah.
December 8 – Immaculate Conception.
December 24 – Christmas Eve.
December 25 – Christmas.

January – Blessing of the Animals.
January 1 – New Year’s Day.
January 6 – Epiphany.
January 17 – Saint Anthony's Day.

February – Rome's Independent Film Festival, Carnevale and Lent.