Paphos: Live Weather Reports
Live weather in Paphos
The latest and today's weather in Paphos, Cyprus updated regularly
- Sunrise 05:42
- Sunset 19:52
|Temp feels like:||23°C (73°F)|
|Length of Day:||14h 10m|
|Pressure:||29.89" (1012 hpa)|
|Visiblity:||10 miles (16 km)|
Latest Paphos Holiday Reviews
Paphos in February
Weath was very mild, approxiamtely low 20s centigrade, with cooling winds at times to make the heat more bareable. ...
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holidaying for 10 days from 4 november 1913 to 14 november and the weather was sunny and perfect every single day. Sea b...
Fantastic villa holiday
Fantastic 12 hours of glorious sunshine every day of our stay....
The weather was fantastic! Hot and dry.......
A quiet time in Paphos
The weather was beautiful and hot....
Great Villa and Golfing Holiday in Paphos
We always go in May as the weather is just right for us and as good as you ever get in any UK summer, period....
Historic Temperatures for 23rd May in Paphos
|Average High||23°C (73°F)|
|Record High||28°C (82°F) (2001)|
|Average Low||15°C (59°F)|
|Record Low||12°C (54°F) (1998)|
Weather Overview for Paphos
Paphos is both a city and a district located in south west Cyprus. The popular holiday resort which attracts millions of visitors each year is the city of Paphos, which is situated on the Mediterranean coast, around 50km west of Limassol, a city which boasts the largest port in Cyprus. Paphos is home to a staggering range of ancient archaeological sites, Blue Flag-accredited beaches, hotels, apartment complexes, shops, restaurants and local bars commonly known as ‘tavernas’, providing a huge range of things to see and do for all kinds of tourists.
The resort enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with dry, hot summers and short, mild winters. Over the course of the year, temperatures range drastically between lows of 8°C in winter and highs of 30°C in summer, although temperatures rarely ever drop below 5°C or reach above 32°C.
Like in most of Europe, a year in Paphos can be split up into four distinct seasons – summer (June, July, August, September), autumn (October, November), winter (December, January, February) and spring (March, April, May).
The period between March and May in Paphos beats an English summer hands down – It’s sunnier, hotter and drier than any summer you’ll get in the UK, plus it’s also outside of the peak tourist season.
At this time of year, the average temperature falls between 14°C and 20°C, rising as the season develops. Average highs are between 19°C and 24°C in the middle of the daytime, whilst average lows are between 9°C and 15°C in the middle of the night. These cool night time temperatures can often feel a bit nippy, especially with the cool breeze blowing in off the Mediterranean, so make sure you take a jacket with you to keep you warm when out at night.
Generally, April is when the beach days resume, although with a sea temperature of just 18°C, it might be a bit too cold to take a dip. By May, the average sea temperature rises up to 20°C, making the sea feel noticeably warmer.
The fairly thick clouds of winter fade away in spring, taking with them the chance of rain and leaving more sunshine hours in their place. In spring, median cloud coverage drops from 47% at the start of the season to just 21% by the end and daily sunshine hours increase from nine to twelve.
The probability of rainfall drops significantly as the season develops, beginning at 34mm over the course of six days in March (the wettest month of the season) down to just 5mm on one day by May (the driest month of the season).
June through September is the hottest time to visit Paphos when high temperatures are coupled with almost zero precipitation. The average temperature for the resort starts off at 23°C in June, before rising up to 25°C in July, peaking at 26°C in August and dropping down to 24°C by September. There is a huge difference (around 10°C) between the daytime and night time temperatures. Average low temperatures in summer are 18°C-21°C, whilst average high temperatures during this season are 28°C-30°C.
The reason Paphos enjoys some of the hottest summer temperatures in Europe is because during this season the resort – and Cyprus as a whole – is mainly influenced by a shallow trough of low pressure reaching down from the great continental depression over Western Asia. It’s this weather occurrence which creates the season of high temperatures and cloudless skies.
Thankfully, the fairly low humidity, ranging between highs of 88% and lows of 57%, along with a cool gentle breeze blowing in off the Mediterranean helps keep things a bit more comfortable. Although, if you’re planning an energetic holiday with loads of outdoor sports and other activities, summer might prove to be just too hot for you.
Paphos is subject to next to no rainfall at all during summer. July and August both see an average of 0mm of precipitation whilst September, the wettest month of the season, sees just 4mm of rain which falls on a single day.
Between June and September, Paphos enjoys 12 to 14 hours of sunshine each day, along with just 13%-15% median cloud coverage which means that the sky is almost always totally clear. Combine this information with an average sea temperature of 24°C-27°C and you’ve got the ideal conditions for a day at the beach.
During October and November in Paphos, the weather remains warm and sunny. At this time of year, the crowds also thin out as the summer season comes to a close, which means you’ll be able to bag a bargain on cheap flights and accommodation.
In autumn, the average temperature drops down to 22°C-18°C, created by average highs of 27°C-22°C and average lows of 16°C-13°C. The Mediterranean Sea breeze can often make these low night time temperatures feel a bit extra nippy, so be prepared and take a jacket with you just in case.
Although the autumn season sees significantly more rainfall than the summer season, it’s still not the wettest time of year for Paphos. October starts off fairly dry with just 18mm of precipitation falling over three days, whilst November marks the start of the wet season with 66mm falling over six wet days. When it does rain, the showers are usually short, heavy and over just as soon as they began, so it shouldn’t put you off visiting the resort at this time of year. Occasionally in autumn, Paphos is subject to powerful thunderstorms with heavy, localised rainfall. In October 2006, heavy storms brought unusually high rainfall and even hail to Paphos.
Despite the increase in rainfall, Paphos still gets plenty of sunshine in autumn – ten daily hours in October and nine daily hours in November – along with median cloud coverage ranging between 20% and 40%. The sea holds onto much of the heat of summer well into autumn, with an average sea temperature ranging between 22°C and 24°C. Aside from the odd cloudy afternoon or morning, you should have plenty of chances to work on your tan or go for a swim at the beach if you visit Paphos in autumn.
Compared to the rest of Europe, Paphos enjoys an exceptionally mild winter, with many days being comfortable enough to walk around in beach clothes. The average temperature during this season ranges between 15°C in December and 13°C in January and February. Average highs are usually around 17°C-19°C, although it’s fairly common for temperatures to rise into the early 20s some days. But at 8°C-10°C, average lows can get very cold at night time, so make sure you’re prepared and take some warm clothing with you if you plan to go out in the evenings.
It’s during this time that Paphos gets the majority of its annual rainfall. Over the course of the year, Paphos receives around 400mm of rainfall, 60% of which falls between December and February. December is the wettest month of the season with 94mm of rain falling over the course of nine days. This is followed by January with 80mm over ten days and February with 64mm over eight days. Most of the rainfall occurs in short heavy downpours, after which the sun almost always shines.
The reason behind this intense winter rainfall is that Cyprus is close to the track of frequent small depressions which can be found moving west to east across the Mediterranean Sea between the continental anticyclone of Eurasia and the low pressure belt in North Africa. It’s these depressions which result in the disturbed weather that produces most of the annual precipitation in Paphos.
With seven hours of sunshine each day and median cloud coverage of around 54%, you will still get plenty of clear and sunny days in Paphos in winter, despite this season being the least sunny. However, with a cool average sea temperature of 17°C-19°C, you might want to think twice about going into the sea for a dip.
If you’re in Paphos in winter and find yourself wanting some colder winter weather you can find it in the nearby Troodos Mountains. In fact, you’ll even find a ski resort there. Generally, there is snow in the higher mountains (those that reach up to 2,000m) between January and March, so you can ski in the morning then sunbathe in the afternoon.
The major weather hazards to look out for in Paphos are storms and earthquakes. Tremors are quite common as Cyprus sits within one of the most severely hit earthquake areas on the planet, but luckily does not see so many as nearby Greece or Turkey. Most quakes remain quite low and are only picked up by the many sensors around Cyrpus, monitoring the Cyprian Arc, an unusual phenomenon, not fully understood, but forming part of the Alpine Himalayan tectonic belt. When they are felt these earthquakes are normally reported as doing little more than making the furniture rattle, with no real damage. However, severe quakes can happen. The worst hit Paphos has received was on 9th October 1996, when a quake was recorded hitting 6.8 magnitude, causing severe damage.
Severe storms can hit Cyprus with devastating effect, and it is important to always listen out for local weather warnings when visiting. During a storm be extra careful around electrical equipment, as lightning strikes to power lines are one of the most common causes of catastrophic failures in computers and similar devices in Cyprus, so be sure to unplug them. These storms can include tornados and cyclones, such as in 2012 when substantial damage was done by a tornado to the villages of Milia and Fyti within the Paphos region in just four minutes! Earlier examples include 2003 when a powerful tornado caused extensive damage to the coastal town of Limassol, uprooting trees and causing extensive property damage. Having said this, it should be remembered, that these are extremes, and not common everyday occurrences in Paphos.