Weather Averages for Paphos in August
Averages for Paphos in August
August is, on average, the hottest month of the year in Paphos, though there is generally little to choose between July and August. Although the temperatures may be on the high side for some vistors, Paphos is not prone to the degree of extreme heat that is occasionally experienced in inland parts of Cyprus, thanks to the moderating effects of the nearby sea.
The daytime temperature rises to an average maximum of 30°C and falls to an average overnight minimum of 21°C. Thus, August is a good time of year for nightlife as the temperatures remain comfortably warm during the evenings and overnight.
Inland parts of Cyprus are quite prone to extreme heatwaves when southerly winds drag up hot and dry air from northern Africa, but Paphos, close to the south-west coast, tends to miss the highest temperatures. During the period 1991-2005, the highest temperature recorded at Paphos in August was 36.6°C. That period included the exceptional August 1998 heatwave which triggered 59 premature deaths in Cyprus and saw temperatures widely exceed 40°C in inland parts of the island, triggering widespread forest fires, but Paphos was relatively unscathed.
A large majority of Augusts pass by without any measurable rainfall at all, though short-lived downpours are not completely unknown. The period 1991-2005 produced no measurable precipitation at all, though the earlier reference period 1961-1990 had a mean of 0.2mm per August, implying that precipitation was observed on very rare occasions during that period.
Sunshine is abundant during August, though due to the shortening daylight hours it is not quite as sunny as June or July. The sun shines for an average total of 366 hours, or 11.8 hours per day. The mean relative humidity is moderately high at 71%, but slightly below the average for July. The average sea temperature rises as the summer progresses and during August the long-term mean is 27°C, which is ideal for most underwater activities including swimming, diving and snorkelling.
Dates for the diary
August features the Arkadia Festival at village of Kallepeia. It is an annual celebration of food and culture and features live music and dance performances, feasts and local wines. At Ancient Odeon in Paphos, the Greek Drama Festival continues for approximately one month, spanning part of July and August, and numerous historical stories are re-enacted with a Greek theme.
Things to do
August is an ideal time of year to try diving and snorkelling and other water sports. PowerDiving at PO Box 64682, Paphos offers an introductory diving and snorkelling trip which is suitable for everyone aged 8 years and older. It is ideal for family groups and offers a 30 minute dive to a maximum depth of 6 metres, equipment is provided and transport is provided from your choice of hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle. The dive features some impressive fish and marine life.
For those after a more traditional PADI dive centre, a good choice is Coral Bay Divers at Aristo Complex 1, Shop 8, Paphos. There are diving courses available for all ages and abilities and full day trips including a possible trip to the Wreck of the Zenobia, and a day trip to the Jubilee Shoals.
Paphos Segway Experience, located at 21 Artemidos Street, Paphos, is an attractive way to get around Paphos via Segway, which involves gliding on special two-wheel forms of transport. There is a Paphos Harbour Coastal Experience, in which visitors are taken along the coastline and shown some of the spectacular views, attractions and nearby hotels. A larger trip explores the Village of Kouklia, and some exploration of the mountainous region, which takes approximately 1 hour including training. The trips are suitable for children aged 13 and over although under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.
Where to eat & drink
There are many good restaurants in and around Paphos. One good option is the Andria Restaurant at 8575 Coral Bay Ave, Peyia , which is good for romantic and business occasions and has a varied menu that includes both local and international cuisine. For a traditional British option, Tramps, located at 52 Tombs of the Kings Road, is a high-rated restaurant which offers Greek as well as British foods and has TVs around the bar broadcasting sporting events.
There are many good pubs and bars offering nightlife around Paphos, especially at this time of year, with the warm nights. California Beach Bar at Bar Street, features a live DJ every night, beach parties, and cocktails including a speciality “Fishbowl” cocktail. For a wild disco type environment, Rainbow Disco at Bar Street, Kato Paphos is one of the oldest nightclubs in Paphos. It is most commonly used as a “last club” to go to after all of the other places have shut, since it is open well into the early hours.
Hit the beach
August falls within the peak of the tourist season so the beaches are often busy with people. The Municipal Beach is especially popular with children, and also features good sunbathing and water sports facilities, and water sports are particularly attractive at this time of year due to the warm seas. The Polis Camping Site is a sandy beach with some pebbles, and features a similar range of facilities.
Where to stay
Paphos has a very comprehensive range of good hotels, which should cater for most tastes. The 4-star Theo Sunset Bay Holiday Village at Coral Bay Road, PO Box 61 is particularly good for a special occasion, as it has facilities for special wedding and birthday parties. The Paradise Cove Villas at P.O. Box: 60782 offer 4-star accommodation with good views, easy access to the nearby harbour, and each villa has its own swimming pool. The Metamorphis Guest House Bed & Breakfast is a good bed and breakfast option with good views from some of the rooms.