Cyprus Weather, climate and geography
Weather & climate
Best time to visit:
Cyprus has a sub-tropical climate with sunshine likely on most days of the year. Spring and autumn are pleasantly warm, while summer days are long, dry and hot with temperatures reaching the high 30s and even 40s. The heat is tempered by sea breezes in coastal areas. Winters are mild with often heavy, although sporadic, tropical-style rainstorms. Villages located on higher ground are often subjected to freezing temperatures and frost, while heavy snowfall is experienced in the interior Troodos Mountains and usually stays for several weeks, giving good ski conditions.
The best time to visit for those who like the heat is June, July and August, although the intense sun can make sightseeing a challenge. Drinking lots of bottled water is essential to avoid dehydration. September to January, and April to May, tend to be quieter and are ideal for exploring the island and enjoying pursuits such as cycling and hiking. The ski season generally runs from early February to March.
Pack lightweight, cotton clothing for the summer months, such as loose tops, shorts and linen trousers, along with a hat to protect against the sun. Warmer medium-weight clothing is ideal for spring, autumn and sunny winter days, together with cardigans or jackets for evening which can get very cold. Rainwear should be packed for winter visits.