Sicily, Italy: Live Weather
Live weather in Sicily
The latest and today's weather in Sicily, Italy updated regularly
- Sunrise 06:49
- Sunset 17:47
|Temp feels like:||48°F (9°C)|
|Length of Day:||10h 58m|
|Pressure:||30.24" (1024 hpa)|
|Visiblity:||10 miles (16 km)|
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Weather in Sicily
Sicily enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and warm, rainy winters. The island is volcanic, home to one of the world's tallest and most active volcanoes:¬†Mount Etna. It is features a couple of fascinating old cities:¬†Palermo¬†and¬†Catania. The island's rugged, mountainous terrain gives rise to great regional variations in climate, all, of course, depending on altitude and the protection they provide from northwest prevailing winds. The southeastern regions are generally drier and warmer than the northwestern, and the southeastern coast is usually calmer. Higher areas have cooler temperatures and receive more rainfall year round.
Sicily is the largest region of¬†Italy¬†and sits at the southwest tip of the boot-shaped mainland in the Mediterranean Sea. It is surrounded by a number of much smaller islands.
The constant warmth of¬†Sicily¬†and its low, yet not absent rainfall creates the perfect conditions for the growing of citrus fruits. The hillsides are cloaked in green for much of the year and lemon and orange groves stripe the lowlands. Citrus flavours add a tang to many traditional Sicilian dishes.¬†Sicily¬†has passed through the hands of many cultures;¬†for example Greek¬†and Arab influences are to be seen in Sicilian design and cuisine.
If you're looking for a weather forecast for Sicily, you are advised to¬†visit this page.
Summer Weather in Sicily¬†
Summer, from¬†June¬†through¬†September, is hot and dry with plenty of sunshine. The average¬†high¬†temperature¬†is already at 23¬įC in¬†June¬†and then rises to 26¬įC in¬†July¬†and¬†August¬†before dropping to 24¬įC in September. Nights are also very warm, the average low temperatures ranging from 15¬įC to 19¬įC, which allows for pleasant evening walks in one of the island's inland villages or along the beautiful coast. The heat, especially in the peak summer months of July and August, can be a little bit uncomfortable, but a dip in the warm sea or a trip up into the green hills provides instant relief.
The¬†water temperature¬†gets up to 27¬įC in August, which is more than comfortable enough for everyone to swim. In July and September, the Mediterranean Sea is 25¬įC warm on average.
Clouds generally avoid the coast, allowing around 13 to 14 glorious hours of sunshine per day for most of the season;¬†September¬†is slightly cloudier, but still has 11 sunshine hours.
Rainfall is exceptionally rare, falling only briefly in the hills. June and July are the driest months in the year, receiving only 10mm in each month. August gets 17mm of precipitation, while September's 28mm indicates that the weather is slowly moving towards the wetter autumn and winter seasons.
Southwestern areas are sometimes terrorised by spells of intense heat and aridity when the sirocco wind blows up from the¬†Sahara. The sirocco can sometimes carry sand with it, covering large areas in dust and veiling the sky in a thin haze.
Autumn Weather in Sicily¬†
Autumn generally speaking falls in¬†October¬†and¬†November, and experiences a continuation of the gorgeous weather. Summer warmth continues into¬†October¬†with average highs in the low 20s. It only drops below 20¬įC in mid-November, though the odd cool day may occur throughout the season. The¬†average temperature¬†is 17¬įC in October and 13¬įC in November, but ranges tremendously depending on whether you're in the mountains or down at the coast.
Precipitation increases greatly in autumn, although it remains a season with relatively low rainfall, especially when compared to countries in northern Europe. October gets about 48mm of rainfall, while November receives 67mm. Despite rainfall increasing, by a lot, cloud cover and these brief showers still leave 9 hours of sunshine per day in October and 8 in November.
The¬†sea¬†remains warm enough for swimming till the very end of the season, staying above 20¬įC. Higher up above the coastline however lower temperatures bring the beginning of the winter snowfall. Mount Etna is often snow-capped by the end of November when the ski season starts.
Winter Weather in Sicily¬†
Winter, from¬†December¬†through¬†February, is mild and somewhat unpredictable. It is a great time for walking holidays in the low hills and even skiing higher up. The average high temperature lingers around 12¬įC to 13¬įC for most of the season with average lows falling to 5¬įC. It tends not to get anywhere near freezing around the coast, but higher up in the mountains frost occurs throughout the season and snow settles on the peaks. The ski season on Mount Etna lasts from November to March; skiers often base themselves in¬†Taormina. On average, the daily temperature in winter averages 9¬įC to 10¬įC.
This is the wettest time of year;¬†rain¬†falls quite frequently but is generally also quite light. December is the wettest month of the year, receiving a total amount of¬†rainfall¬†of 79mm. November and¬†January¬†are close seconds.
Sunshine levels are very good for winter with 7 to 8 hours on average each day. This is a spectacularly high number, particularly when considering how dark and cloudy winter tends to be in more northerly parts of Europe. While winter in¬†Sicily¬†is no time to lounge on the beach in a bikini, conditions are undoubtedly preferable to those found in northern Europe.
Spring Weather in Sicily¬†
Spring lasts from¬†March¬†through¬†May¬†and is warm and sunny. The average high temperature creeps to 13¬įC in March, 16¬įC in¬†April¬†and up to 19¬įC in May. By mid-April¬†T-shirt weather is the norm and early in¬†May¬†bikini days resume. Nights, however, remains chilly until late-May. The average temperature in Sicily in spring rises from 10¬įC in March to 15¬įC in May.
Rainfall decreases again, slowly, and the¬†sun¬†becomes a regular fixture in the clear sky. Monthly precipitation amounts between 14mm and 35mm can be expected in spring. As rainfall decreases, this brings less cloud cover, which, in turn, allows for more sunshine. While March has 9 hours of sunshine per day on average, May already a gloriously high number of 12¬†sunshine hours.
However, despite these warming temperatures and increase in sunshine hours, the sea does not get quite warm enough for comfortable swimming and the wind can be quite chilly. The Mediterranean Sea warms up to an average of 19¬įC in May. Snow on the mountains melts in March, marking the end of the ski season and the start of the touristy seaside season.¬†