Climate

The temperatures in Sicily

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The weather on Sicily is, compared to most euopean travel destinations, excellent.

Especially the south-east has an unusually mild climate and little rain. Despite this, we would still like to point out that there actually are seasons on Sicily.

Over the past few years we’ve enjoyed the sight of Sicilians enduring 25°C in November with a fur coat and northern Europeans wearing sandals in March at 14°C. In winter there are wonderful days on which you can wear a T-shirt, yet that’s not to say that it can’t get cold: on January 5th 2016 we ate by the sea at 27°C but watched the first snow since 70 years fall in Noto on New Year’s Eve 2014/2015 at exactly 12am.

The temperature in January and February lies on average at around 15°C.

Winter ends in March with average temperature of 18°C, allowing plants to really start blossoming. There’s no real dreary time of year like in northern and Central Europe though, since olive and locust trees as well as citrus plants are evergreen. Even almond trees, which lose their leaves in December, blossom again in January. Almond blossoms make for good publicity on Mallorca, but those in the Noto region are even more beautiful.

As of April the poorly isolated houses – and in winter, humid – houses become a lot more comfortable. The average daily temparature lies at around 20°C. Trees blossom at exponential rates and the brave begin to venture into the water – although they of course aren’t Sicilians but tourists who’ve already dipped into much colder waters such as the North Sea, where the temperatures in August are the same as those in Noto at the end of April. May is probably the best time of year to go for a hike, especially for anyone who doesn’t enjoy temperatures above 30°C. The monthly average lies at 25°C, although we’ve experienced our fair share of days with over 30°C.

June drastically changes Sicily and starts to come close to the image one tends to have of the island: the grass turns brown, it hardly rains, temperatures rise steadily and the height of summer begins. The good thing about June, though, is that the high season slowly begins in mid-July on Sicily. That means that, apart from on weekends, beaches are more or less empty but that evenings are so warm, that you can comfortably sit outside late into the night wearing only a shirt. Temperatures lie at around 28°C.

Most Sicilians live in their houses by the sea in July and August. Temperatures lie on average at around 32°C and everything is about the sea and bathing in it. It only really becomes crowded in mid-August around Ferragosto on August 15th when the whole of Italy is practically forced to go on holiday because of the unofficial decision to stop daily business life for two weeks of the year.

September is a wonderful time: the majority of toursists have gone home and the summer feeling carries on, despite slightly “cooler” temperatures at an average of 29°C caused by summer rainfalls. The olive harvest begins towards the end of the month.

The autumn half-term holidays are a great time to extend the summer into October. Average temperatures lie at around 25°C and the sea is still warm. Rainfalls are slightly more common at this time of year, yet are different to those known of in middle and northern Europe: it shortly rains heavily and then the good weather comes back for you to enjoy your late summer break.

November on Sicily often gives the feeling of a late summer, although it does rain a lot more. The water temperature lies at around 20°C, still making it possiblel to go for a dip.

December is milder with plenty of sunny days. Many towns gear up for Christmas, although palm and olive trees aren’t too well suited for the festive decorations.

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