Cyprus weather Climate Average Temperatures For Each Season

Cyprus' main selling point is undoubtedly its location: situated on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, Cyprus enjoys an enviable combination of year round warmth and sunshine. Although seasonal fluctuations aren't drastic, they are noticeable and the best way to avoid any unpleasant surprises (such as chilly winter evenings or spring rains) is to do some homework first. A trip to the Troodos Mountains in December might see you strapping on ski boots and launching yourself down Mount Olympus, while heading inland during the summer months (as the mercury climbs above 100 ° F) is an enterprise reserved for the foolhardy.

Cyprus weather the seasons

The main summer tourist season stretches from mid May to mid October and you can expect high temperatures, cloudless skies and a welcome coastal breeze. Temperatures by the sea hover around the 32°C (90°F) mark, while inland they can rise significantly higher. In fact, the arid Mesaorian Plain comes to resemble a desert with gritty winds blowing into the capital of Nicosia Cyprus. The only feasible activities during the high season are lounging by the pool or cooling off in the sea. Anything that needs to be done, such as visiting nearby attractions, might be best scheduled at the beginning or end of the day.

Autumn is a popular time with those in the know; as days are hot and nights cool (swimming and Diving in Cyprus is possible well into November). You'll also find the beaches empty and the museums and monuments free of crowds. Autumn sees the Troodos Mountains lose their lush green cloak and the vineyards take on gold and crimson hues. The winter months of December and January can be a bit dismal and wet, with the odd flurry of snow in the mountains.

Spring is many holidaymakers' favourite time to visit the area as the island is painted with wildflowers. The first orchids bloom in January, but it is in late February that Cyprus takes on the colours of almond blossom and fresh green meadows. It can still be cool at this time of year (daytime temperatures of around 70°F drop to 45°F at night), but by April the island begins to warm up. May is often ideal with sunny days retaining a fresh edge and the island is bursting with colour and life. This is the time for nature rambles and savoring the island's natural beauty before the summer crowds arrive.