Averages for Sicily in February

Weather lowdown

Much like January, February is also one of the coldest times of the year to visit Sicily. That’s all relative, though. This island in the Mediterranean Sea is blessed with a warm climate that features long, hot and dry summers and brief and cool winters. Although the temperatures may be at their lowest in Sicily, Ita...

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  • Temperature Temperature 9°C 48°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 12°C 54°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 5°C 42°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 5 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 40 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 16.6 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 15°C 59°F

Averages for Sicily in February

Weather lowdown

Much like January, February is also one of the coldest times of the year to visit Sicily. That’s all relative, though. This island in the Mediterranean Sea is blessed with a warm climate that features long, hot and dry summers and brief and cool winters. Although the temperatures may be at their lowest in Sicily, Italy, this time of year, they’re undeniably high when compared to the weather in the United Kingdom in February. Palermo and Catania, Sicily’s main cities, are, for example, popular destinations all-year round.

Temperatures will reach a maximum high of around 12°C during the day, dropping to an average low of 5°C at night, so be prepared and pack plenty of warm clothing. Those average high and low temperatures remain basically constant throughout the whole month. The overall average temperature in February is 9°C—the same as it was in January. The sea temperature reaches its annual minimum this month and now averages 15°C, as it will continue to do through March. In April, the Mediterranean Sea will begin warming up again.

The length of the days keeps on increasing in the course of the month. With 10.18 hours of daylight, February 1 is the shortest day. February 28 is the longest day of the month with 11.20 daylight hours. This increase of 1.02 hours means that each day in February is 2.1 minutes longer than the day before.

This increase in day length is the main reason that days are also sunnier in February, compared with the previous two months. Now, there are 8 hours of sunshine per day on average, which is quite high considering that it’s still winter. This is a one-hour increase since January, while March will see another one-hour increase as the sky keeps on getting clearer.

Cloud cover reaches at annual maximum this month. It now averages 48%, with a peak of 49% during the first third of the month. This average of 48% has been recorded since December and will start dropping rapidly from March onward, making way for more sunshine and warmer weather.

February’s total amount of rainfall is much less than it was in the other winter months. It now accumulates to 40mm, which makes it the fifth wettest month of the year, after the previous four months. The chance that rainfall occurs decreases slightly in the course of the month, from 41% in the beginning to 36% at the end—an indication that the weather slowly but steadily makes its way toward the drier part of the year. The most common type of rainfall in February, by far, is moderate rain, which is observed on no less than 52% of the days with rainfall. Four other types of precipitation may also be experienced, but all are far less likely. Those types are light rain, thunderstorms, drizzle and heavy rain, respectively occurring on 17%, 13%, 11% and 6% of the rainy days. Snowfall is exceptionally rare in Sicily—not to say non-existent.

If you’re planning a visit to Sicily in the near future, you might want to check out the weather forecast. You can do so on our detailed and up-to-date weather forecast page.

Stromboli Volcano Sicily

Where to stay

The family-owned Hotel Palladio prides itself on taking care of its guests and offering top quality service. The hotel provides a great selection of services and amenities, including air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, library, solarium, restaurant, bar, free room service and a breakfast buffet.

The Albergo Cavour is a family run guest house located nearby Palermo’s central station and just next to Via Roma, the city’s main street. The pension is located at the top floor of a beautiful local building, and only the guest house’s guests are allowed in, making it a safe and relaxed place. All rooms are spacious and boast a great view over Palermo’s urban landscape and the stunning natural scenery beyond.

Hotel Palladio Sicily

Hotel Palladio, Sicily.

Dates for the diary

Carnevale is celebrated throughout February and March when the streets come alive with singing, dancing, theatre, food and parades. Carnevale attracts over 200,000 visitors each year and is a must-see during your visit to Sicily.

Things to do

You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy a trip to Temple of Concord, a perfectly preserved ancient temple that has been towering over Agrigento for more than two thousand years. Similar in style to the Acropolis, the temple is nonetheless unique in design and attracts millions of tourists and history buffs each year. The area is spotlessly clean and the temple is in amazing condition and the temples are lined with olive trees that are hundreds of years old.

Make time to take a trip up the Stromboli Volcano during your stay. If you choose to do an excursion, you can climb 900m to the top of the volcano or stop about half way. Alternatively, you can make your own way up the volcano and go as far as you please. During your climb you’ll see some amazing views and – if you time it correctly – a beautiful sunset.

Where to eat & drink

Diverse and friendly, La Matrioska is an Italian restaurant that goes beyond Italy’s boundaries to serve incredible Mediterranean dishes from Spain, Greece and southern Mediterranean. The menu includes mostly seafood dishes, all of which are fresh and tasty.

The Nord Sud is a French/Italian restaurant that specialises in delicious crepes (both savoury and sweet) as well as healthy salads and various other tasty snacks. This eatery is an instant hit with children thanks to its cosy décor and delicious sweet treats. The menu is large and the prices relatively low considering the amount of food and the high quality of its dishes.

In the bar owner’s own words, the Time Out Pub is where “Sicily meets Ireland” and this charming, cosy pub is indeed an intriguing pub with a great blend of Irish and Italian influences. The pub is also known for televising all major sports events on its numerous wall-mounted TV screens, attracting sports fans who don’t want to miss that all-important game.

February events in Sicily


Saint Biago Day

3rd February 2017

Saint Biago is the saint of the throat. It's tradition to eat leftover panettone with a glass of wine to bless your throat. This day is often celebrated with parades, music, a special mass, or bonfires.



St. Valentine's Day

14th February 2017

Valentine's Day is a day for love in Sicily. In Italy, it is a tradition to get engaged on this day. Travel to romantic Sicily, get down on one knee, and create an unforgettable proposal.



Acireale Carnival

18th February 2017 to 28th February 2017

Sicily's most elaborate carnival features music, parades, eating and fireworks. This entertaining event is located in the town of Acireale, just up from Catania.




Almond Blossom Festival

5th February 2017

Visit the City of Agrigento for this fun-filled festival. During this time, experience parades, stunning views of almond trees, and theatre performances.


Feast of Saint Agatha

5th February 2017

The feast of St. Agatha is celebrated over three days and consists of the offering of wax, the candelore (procession of candles on carriages), and mass. You can also enjoy visiting the St. Agatha market during this time in order to do some low-cost shopping! The market typically takes place in the Giardino Bellini area.



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