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Monday 26 August
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26 Aug
UK Time: 02:15 BST
Local Time: 03:15 CEST
Clear
70°F (21°C)
4mph (7kmh)
  • Sunrise 06:29
  • Sunset 19:54
Temp feels like: 72°F (22°C)
Length of Day: 13h 25m
Pressure: 30.01" (1016 hpa)
Visiblity: 10 miles (16 km)
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Historic Temperatures for 26th August in Rome

Average High 84°F (29°C)
Record High 97°F (36°C) (2011)
Average Low 64°F (18°C)
Record Low 55°F (13°C) (2006)

Weather in Rome

Rome is the capital city of Italy, located in the central-western part of the country, close to the coast.

The city's history covers more than 2500 years and it's the historical art, architecture and culture which make it an appealing holiday destination to millions of tourists each year.

Some of the most popular attractions include the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and Vatican City, home to St Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums.

What type of climate does Rome have?

Rome boasts a typical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters.

Due to its central, coastal location, the Rome climate tends to be much cooler than Italy's southern resorts in the winter. But it's often warmer than the same resorts in summer, when the city buildings trap the heat.

What is the weather usually like in Rome?

Temperature

Over the course of the year, the Rome temperature usually varies between 3°C (37F) and 31°C (88F), rarely dropping below -1°C (30F) or rising above 34°C (93F).

On average, July is the hottest month of the year, in Rome when the average temperature is 25°C (77F), with January the coldest month of the year, when average temperatures drop to 8°C (46F).

Is there a rainy season in Rome?

Rainfall

The majority of rain falls during autumn and the start of the winter season. December is the wettest month in Rome. Summer remains almost entirely dry. In fact, August sees no preipitation on average. 

If you look at our exclusive Rome weather forecast in December 2018, despite the cooler temperatures, there was plenty of sunsine throughout the month. 

So if you're asking: Does it rain a lot in Rome? Well, in comparison to the UK, it certainly doesn't. 

Average Sunshine Hours

Rome enjoys a fair amount of sunshine all-year-round – even in the middle of winter when temperatures sometimes reach freezing point.

Average Rome Sea Temperature

The average sea temperature at the closest coastal location to Rome is only warm enough for swimming in summer and autumn, regardless of the number of sunshine hours or temperature.

Summer Weather in Rome: June – September

Summer – June, July, August and September – is the most popular time to visit Rome, when temperatures are at their hottest and sunshine is guaranteed almost every day.

Temperature

At this time of year, the average Rome temperature is 23.5°C (74F). Averages start off at a warm 23°C in June, peak at 25.5°C (78F) in July, then continue to cool as summer develops into autumn.

During summer, Rome average highs in the warmest part of the day range between a hot 27°C (81F) and 32°C (90F).

Average lows recorded during the coolest part of the night range between a slightly cooler 16°C (61F) and 19°C (66F).

These high summer temperatures can often feel even hotter, due to the lack of a sea breeze and the tall city buildings which lock in the heat.

Although there is a huge difference between daytime and evening temperatures in Rome during this season, most visitors from northern Europe will still find lows of 16°C-19°C quite warm, so be prepared for some balmy nights.

Rainfall

Between June and August, rainfall is practically non-existent in Rome.

June and July see just 6mm and 7mm of rainfall, respectively, whilst the August average is 0mm – testament to how dry the city usually remains during this season.

But precipitation spikes in September, when an average of 42mm of rain falls over the course of six wet days. The most common form is thunderstorms.

So if you are unlucky enough to get some rainy weather during your Rome holiday, the storm will usually be short and heavy.

Average Sunshine Hours in Rome

The sun shines in Rome for lengthy periods of time each day in summer, when the average number of daily sunshine hours is 12.5.

With 14 hours of sunshine each day, July is the sunniest month, but June and August aren't far behind with 13 daily hours of sunshine apiece.

These figures translate into almost constantly clear blue skies, with hardly any cloud coverage.

If you're planning on visiting Rome for sightseeing, summer isn't the best time to go.

However, if you're determined to go at this time of year, you're best off avoiding July and August, when temperatures are so hot that being outdoors can be uncomfortable. 

Traditionally, locals would close businesses and retreat to Italy's cooler seaside towns in August, but the recent increase in demand has steadily eaten away at this practice.

The rewards of supplying accommodation, food and entertainment year-round outweigh taking a break.

Autumn Weather in Rome: October – November

Temperature

Autumn – October and November – is the wettest time of year to visit Rome, although temperatures are still relatively mild.

At this time of year, Rome average temperatures start off at a warm 18°C (64F) in October and drop to a cooler 13°C (55F) by November.

Average highs drop down from 23°C (73F) to 18°C across the season, with average lows falling from 12°C (54F) to 8°C (46F).

With such a disparity between daytime and evening temperatures, you'll need a variety of beach-suitable clothing and winter warmers to stay comfortable whatever the Rome forecast.

Rainfall

Following on from a wet September, precipitation drops slightly to 38mm across eight days in October. This rises to 49mm across eight days in November and will continue to rise into the following month.

Thunderstorms are still the most popular type of precipitation at this time of year, however they're usually followed by moderately heavy rainfall.

So even though there's a good chance you'll experience a rainy day during your holiday in Rome, the storm will usually be heavy and over within a few hours.

Average Sunshine Hours

At this time of year, Rome experiences a mixture of overcast spells and sunshine, with an average of 7-8 hours of sunshine each day.

Although it's unlikely you'll get full days of clear blue sky and sun, you're equally unlikely to get fully overcast days without any sunshine at all.

Early October is a great time to visit Rome, as the weather is still warm, sunny and relatively dry.

Winter Weather in Rome: December – February

What is winter like in Rome?

Temperature

Winter – December, January and February – in Rome is cool and relatively wet.

The average temperature starts at a cool 10°C (50F) in December, drops down to 8°C (46F) in January and rises slightly to 9°C (48F) in February.

There is a difference of 10-11°C between average highs in the middle of the day and average lows in the middle of the night. 

Although the sunshine might take the edge off the cool temperatures during daytime, the evenings will get very chilly.

While these temperatures are slightly warmer than the UK, they're still very cold, so pack accordingly.

Winter temperatures in Rome rarely fall below freezing, but frost common each year.

Rainfall

With the exception of December, when 96mm of precipitation falls across nine wet days, winter sees only a small amount of rainfall, compared to the wetter autumn season.

January has an average 25mm rainfall over seven wet days, with February getting 20mm of rainfall over six days.

Thunderstorms are the most common type of rainfall in Rome in winter, followed by moderate rain and light rain.

Unfortunately, rain is persistent at this time of year and storms can go on for hours at a time. Make sure you have plenty of indoor activities planned.

Average Sunshine Hours

Sunshine levels decrease further still in winter, with the sun shining for an average of six hours each day in December and January.

Thankfully, at the same time as temperatures increase and rainfall dries up, Rome sunshine hours rise to eight hours each day in February.

Although you're sure to get many overcast spells during your winter holiday in Rome, you'll still get a few clear, crisp hours when the sky is blue and the sun shines.

Spring Weather in Rome: March – May

Temperature

Spring – March, April and May – in Rome sees temperatures and sunshine hours rapidly decrease, with precipitation levels also falling dramatically.

During this season, the average temperature is a pleasant 12°C (54F) and 14°C (57F), respectively, in March and April, but this figure shoots up to 21°C (70F) by May.

Average highs and average lows quickly increase across the season, rising from 17°C (63F) to 24°C (75) and from 6°C (43F) to 13°C (55F), respectively.

However, while the weather might feel wonderfully warm in the middle of the day when the sun is out, temperatures drop significantly in the evening, so be prepared for some chilly nights.

Rainfall

Compared to autumn and winter, the spring weather forecast in Rome is relatively dry.

Thunderstorms and moderate rain storms are the most common types of rainfall in Rome during spring.

However, with just 19mm of precipitation over seven days in March, and 18mm of precipitation over nine days in April, these storms don't last very long.

Rainfall spikes up to 33mm over the course of seven wet days in May.

So if you visit at the end of the spring season, rain storms will be shorter and fewer in number, but more intense.

Average Sunshine Hours

As spring develops into summer, daily sunshine hours increase just as rapidly as the temperature. March sees eight hours of sunshine each day, with April 10, and May 12.

While the sunshine at the start of the season will help cut through the crisp temperatures, the city feels positively warm and pleasant by the end of the season. 

You will need a little more than a T-shirt and pair of shorts to keep warm.

Check the forecast here.

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