Cyprus Weather Information
Cyprus has the warmest climate (and warmest winters) in the Mediterranean part of the European
Union. The average annual temperature on the coast is around 24 °C (75 °F)during the day and 14
°C(57 °F) at night. Generally – summer's/holiday season lasts about 8 months, begins in April with
average temperatures of 21–23 °C (70–73 °F) during the day and 11–13 °C (52–55 °F) at night, ends
in November with average temperatures of 22–23 °C (72–73 °F) during the day and 12–14 °C (54–
57 °F) at night, although also in remaining 4 months temperatures sometimes exceeds 20 °C (68 °F).
Among all cities in the Mediterranean part of the European Union, Limassol has the warmest winters,
in the period January–February average temperature is 17–18 °C (63–64 °F) during the day and 8–
9 °C (46–48 °F) at night, in other coastal locations in Cyprus is generally 16–17 °C (61–63 °F) during
the day and 7–9 °C (45–48 °F) at night. In March and December in Limassol average temperatures is
19–20 °C (66–68 °F) during the day and 10–11 °C (50–52 °F) at night, in other coastal locations in
Cyprus is generally 17–19 °C (63–66 °F) during the day and 8–11 °C (46–52 °F) at night. Middle of
summer is usually hot - in the July and August on the coast the average temperature is usually
around 33 °C (91 °F) during the day and around 23 °C (73 °F) at night (inside the island, in the
highlands average temperature exceeds35 °C (95 °F)) while in the June and September on the coast
the average temperature is usually around30 °C (86 °F) during the day and around 20 °C (68 °F) at
night. Large fluctuations in temperature are rare. Temperatures inside the island are more stringent,
with colder winters and more hot summers compared with the coast of the island
The higher mountain areas are cooler and moister than the rest of the island. They receive the
heaviest annual rainfall, which may be as much as 1,000 millimeters (39.4 in). Sharp frost also occurs
in the higher districts, which are usually blanketed with snow during the first months of the year.
Precipitation increases from 450 millimeters (17.7 in) up the south-western windward slopes to nearly
1,100 millimeters (43.3 in) at the top of the Troodos massif. The narrow ridge of the Kyrenia range,
stretching 160 km (99 mi) from west to east along the extreme north of the island produces a
relatively small increase in rainfall of around 550 millimeters (21.7 in) along its ridge at an elevation of
1,000 meters (3,281 ft). Plains along the northern coast and in the Karpass Peninsula area average
400 to 450 millimeters (15.7 to 17.7 in) of annual rainfall. The least rainfall occurs in the Mesaoria,
with 300 to 400 millimeters (11.8 to 15.7 in) a year. Variability in annual rainfall is characteristic for the
island, however, and droughts are frequent and sometimes severe. Statistical analysis of rainfall in
Cyprus reveals a decreasing trend of rainfall amounts in the last 30 years. Earthquakes, usually not
destructive, occur from time to time.
Rainfall in the warmer months contributes little or nothing to water resources and agriculture. Autumn
and winter rainfall, on which agriculture and water supply generally depend, is somewhat variable
from year to year.
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Cyprus Weather Information