The Climate in Cyprus: Something for Everyone
Cyprus is a popular tourist destination for its favourable climate and year-round sunshine. The weather contributes to the relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle in a typical subtropical climate.
This gives the island somewhat of an edge over other European destinations due to the extended summer months where sunbathing weather may not last quite as long in mainland Europe. The actual duration of summer is the longest season and usually lasts from May through to October, Cypriots joke that there is only one season: summer! Due to the lack of features typical in colder climates.
The air temperature during this time can reach as high as + 40 ° C with a sea temperature of a refreshing +24-27 ° C, perfect for those who are watersport fanatics.
Winter in Cyprus is equally pleasant; the winter months are humid yet mild, and almost always sunny. The island does have a few months where it rains more frequently, starting from November and ending in March. When it does rain, it pours! The pattern of rain storms are usually characterised by a total downpour, lasting only for a few minutes and sometimes accompanied with a storm. Those who enjoy the heat will appreciate that the temperature rarely drops below 0 ° C in the mainland, year round.
Springtime is a subtle month in Cyprus, and usually extremely short but also the most pleasant time of year, many say. The temperature is neither overly hot, nor cold during the day, + 15 – 23 ° C. However if you will be outdoors in the evening, a light jacket will be needed, with temperatures dropping to single digits. During this season nature comes alive, and the island is painted in bright colors. Rolling fields with the heady scent of herbs, exotic flowers, all this awaits tourists after the end of the Cyprus winter.
Cyprus is situated in the region of deserts in West Asia and North Africa; it is because of this that the island experiences Coptic winds and dust storms. The wind usually comes from February to June, bringing dust yellow or reddish. It covers a thin layer of virtually the entire island. According to some reports, in recent years the number of sandstorms in the year increased. And if before the cloud of sand dust concentrated in the atmosphere for a couple of days and is referred to as “the yellow smog” covering Cyprus and lasts up to a week. It is strongly advised that those with allergies or asthma avoid visiting during this time.