Seasons in Venice

Legendary city of Venice is situated on north-eastern coast of inland part of Italy. It is washed by the Adriatic Sea. Venice consists of 118 islands in Venetian and several inland districts. Climate of the city is influenced by water surrounding it. Air is humid year round. In summer high humidity combines with heat creating stuffiness. But most of summers are mild with the highest temperature of 23 °C (73 °F). Winter is mild with temperature averaging above freezing. Only in January there is probability of frosts. Snow is rare in Venice.

Winter and around it is also time of annual floods. But significant damage occurs only once in 3 years when level of water elevates by 1.4 m (3.2 ft.). Most of streets and squares of historical center of the city drown and accessible only by boats. Sometimes flood is caused by high waves raised by the Sirocco wind.


Seasons

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Spring in Venice

First half of spring in Venice is cool and cloudy. Through March and April afternoon averages continuously grow from 12 °C (53 °F) to 16 °C (61 °F), while nighttime range increases from 4 °C (39 °F) to 8 °C (46 °F). In May air is as warm as 21 °C (70 °F) at afternoon and around 12 °C (53 °F) at night. Late in May water in the sea warms up to 20 °C (68 °F) and swimming season starts.

Amount of precipitation grows in general, but rainfall shift from long drizzle to short showers. April and May are rainier than March. In addition, amount of daylight hours grows constantly throughout the season.

Climate of the Spring Months

March
Max average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Min average t°: +4 °C (40 °F)
Water t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 79 mm (3.4")
April
Max average t°: +17 °C (62 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (47 °F)
Water t°: +14.5 °C (58 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 94 mm (1.9")
May
Max average t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Water t°: +18.5 °C (65 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 115 mm (1.6")

Spring Holidays

March-April – Easter Celebrations.
Second Sunday in March - Su e Zo per i Ponti marathon.
March 8 – Women’s Day.
March 19 – St Joseph’s Day, Father’s Day.

April 25 – Feast of St Mark, Liberation Day.

May 1 – Labor Day.
First Sunday after Ascension – La Sensa: Marriage to the Sea.

Summer in Venice

Summer in Venice is hot and stuff. In June daily range of temperatures is between 24 °C (75 °F) and 16 °C (61 °F) and it is only the beginning. In the middle of June heat reaches its peak when afternoon sun warms humid air up to 29 °C (84 °F) and occasionally even higher than 30 °C (86 °F). In August temperature gradually decreases to 27 °C (80 °F) and lower. Range of nighttime temperatures for whole season is between 16 °C (61 °F) and 18 °C (64 °F).

June is the peak of rainy season. Amount of precipitation decreases through further months. Fast showers with thunder and lightning are common for summer Venice. Temperature of the sea grows constantly from 22 °C (71 °F) to 26 °C (79 °F).


Climate of the Summer Months

June
Max average t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Min average t°: +16 °C (62 °F)
Water t°: +23.5 °C (74 °F)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 96 mm (3.8")
July
Max average t°: +27 °C (81 °F)
Min average t°: +18.5 °C (65 °F)
Water t°: +26 °C (79 °F)
Sundial in the day: 12.5 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 62 mm (2.4")
August
Max average t°: +27 °C (80 °F)
Min average t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Water t°: +26 °C (79 °F)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 71 mm (2.8")

Summer Holidays

June (odd numbered years) – Bienalle Art Expo.
June – Art Night Venezia.
June 2 – Republic Day.

July – Festa del Redentore.

August-September – Venice Film Festival.
August 15 – Ferragosto.

Autumn in Venice

September and first week of October are velvet season. During this period daytime averages are going down from 24 °C (75 °F) to 20 °C (68 °F). The sea cools down longer and usually it is as warm as 20 °C (68 °F) even when daytime average air temperature is 18 °C (64 °F). By November afternoons become cool with around 11 °C (52 °F). Reduction of night temperature goes from 15 °C (59 °F) in September to 4 °C (39 °F) in November.

Comparing to summer amount of rainfall is slightly lower, but, autumn is the time of storms. In October of 2012 it ended up with elevation of level of the water by 1.49 m (3.3 ft.). Late autumn isn’t the best time to visit the city.


Climate of the Autumn Months

September
Max average t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Min average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Water t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 98 mm (3.9")
October
Max average t°: +18.5 °C (65 °F)
Min average t°: +10 °C (51 °F)
Water t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 86 mm (3.4")
November
Max average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Min average t°: +5 °C (42 °F)
Water t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 111 mm (4.4")

Autumn Holidays

September – Historical Regatta.

October - La Fenice.
October 31 – Halloween.

November 1 – All Saints Day.
November 21 – Festa della Salute.

Winter in Venice

Winter in Venice is unpredictable. It may be mild and relatively comfortable or extremely rainy with cold piercing winds. The sky is covered with thick blanket of clouds most of the time and sun shines only 3-4 hours per day. Daytime averages vary between 6 °C (43 °F) and 8 °C (46 °F) while at night air cools down to around 1 °C (34 °F).

Precipitation is moderate but relative air humidity is high so every gust of wind seems to pierce through the clothes. Temperature of the sea goes down to 14 °C (57 °F) in December and lowers to 10 °C (50 °F) in February. Snow occurs in average twice per year and never accumulates.

Climate of the Winter Months

December
Max average t°: +7 °C (45 °F)
Min average t°: +1.5 °C (35 °F)
Water t°: +11.5 °C (53 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5.5 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 43 mm (1.7")
January
Max average t°: +6 °C (42 °F)
Min average t°: 0 °C (32 °F)
Water t°: +9 °C (48 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 49 mm (1.9")
February
Max average t°: +8 °C (47 °F)
Min average t°: +1.5 °C (35 °F)
Water t°: +8.5 °C (47 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5.5 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 90 mm (3.5")

Winter Holidays

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

January 1 – New Year.
January 6 – Epiphany and La Regatta delle Befane.

February – Carnevale.
February 14 – St Valentine’s Day.