The Weather and Seasons in Cyprus

Cyprus is a year-round destination attracting millions of tourists from across Europe and around the world each year. With a Mediterranean climate, visitors can expect hot and dry summers. Thanks to mountain breezes, the north coast is generally cooler than the south of the island. The island offers plenty of sunshine, warm waters and hot temperatures for much of the year. When to visit Cyprus will depend on the type of experience a visitor wishes to have on the scenic island.

Peak season in Cyprus lasts from April or May to October. There are plenty of flights and hotels available, and all attractions and restaurants are open. The island also comes to life with a number of festivals. Summer months offer the most sun, with an average of up to 12 to 14 hours of sunlight. On the other hand, this time of the year is when there are high prices and lots of crowds. Summer can be particularly boisterous with a large influx of students during the school holiday period. If visiting during the summer, choose a hotel with air conditioning as temperatures typically hover in the low to high thirties from July to October. Temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius in parts of the island during the summer.

October to May is generally a quieter period with fewer tourists from abroad. Autumn and spring are short, transitional seasons between the longer summer and winter periods. Autumn typically lasts from October to November, while spring is in April and May. Even in the autumn, visitors can still expect high temperatures on the island. Although August is particularly hot and humid, the heat often remains well into October. Cooler temperatures in the evening can be expected in October and into November. As a result, visitors should bring clothing with long sleeves or a jacket, especially when visiting in November. The start of Cyprus's winter, November is characterised by warm days and cooler evenings. Hiking and cycling are best during the cooler autumn months, as well as during the spring from April to May.

For an authentic Cypriot experience, visit the island during the winter. This season is less touristy with fewer crowds. Reminiscent of autumn weather in much of the United Kingdom and Europe, visitors can expect some rain during winter months in Cyprus. At the same time, there still is lots of sunshine. The downside of visiting during the winter is that many attractions and restaurants are closed. There are also fewer activities compared to the warmer summer and autumn months. Skiing is possible with snow occurring on Mount Olympus from January to March. Skiing is also possible on Troödus Massif. The weather is typically cooler and more unsettled with temperatures between December and March averaging between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius during the day. Even in the winter, the waters off Cyprus remain relatively warm. Although far from the low to high twenties one can expect in August, winter sea temperatures range from the mid to high teens.

With pleasant temperatures and stunning Mediterranean scenery, spring is a beautiful time to visit Cyprus. Boundless blue skies and sunshine are in abundance, although temperatures are less oppressive and more comfortable than during the summer and autumn. Warm and balmy conditions are complimented by lush greenery in the uplands, refreshing streams that flow fully and colourful wild flowers dotting the island. Spring also coincides with Greek Easter, a major celebration on the island with interesting events in towns and villages throughout the south of Cyprus. During April and May temperatures often drop in the evening, so visitors should come prepared with jumpers or jackets.