Climate and Average Weather in Italy

The moderating influence of the sea and the protection given by the Alpine barrier from the cold north winds give Italy a nice maritime climate. Nevertheless, the weather varies considerably according to how far one is from the sea or the mountains. This gives the whole country three climate types. The winter is very cold in the Alps, but mild and even warm on the Ligurian coast, the Neapolitan coast and in Sicilia. Summer is hot and dry, but in the Alps it is pleasantly cool. In mountain areas, winter is ideal for skiing.

Most of the precipitation in Italy falls west of the Apennines and in the mountains in the far north of Italy. These sides of the mountain areas often record more than 1200 millimeters (47 inch) of precipitation per year, some of which falls in the form of snow during winter. Where and when most rain falls depends mainly on the region and the season. For example, the southern half of Italy has a fairly even rainfall pattern, with most of the rain falling in winter months (December - March) and little or no rain in the dry summer months (June - September). Starting September the chances of rain increase again. In the northern half of the Italian mainland, most precipitation falls during spring and in summer.

Starting Toscana and further south you will find a pleasant Mediterranean climate. Summer temperatures can be experienced early in the year during spring (May - June) and these warm temperatures last until late autumn (end of October). Winters are mild compared to other western European countries. And the further south you go, the warmer the weather. For example, a city trip to Rome can even be made in winter with an average of 13 degrees Celsius (55.4 ° Fahrenheit). However avoid the city preferably in July and August: this is the time locals flee the city because of the heat with an average of 31 degrees Celsius (87.8 °F).

Interested in more detailed Weather and Climate information?
Please select the city below you wish to travel to, or the one closest to your destination. Each selected city will show you the following graphs:
1. Average minimum and maximum temperatures over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year
On certain pages we also offer other historical weather data like humidity, wind speed and water temperature.

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