One of the benefits of being a Mediterranean island is plentiful sunshine throughout the year, and Cyprus is no exception.
Cyprus epitomises ideal weather with sunny days and fine temperatures almost every day.
Extremes of temperatures are rare, meaning Cyprus has something to offer every month of the year, whether it’s swimming (as late as November) or enjoying cultural sites and festivals (all year long).
Cyprus weather month by month
For our month by month Cyprus weather reports, check out:
Cyprus in January
Cyprus in February
Cyprus in March
Cyprus in April
Cyprus in May
Cyprus in June
Cyprus in July
Cyprus in August
Cyprus in September
Cyprus in October
Cyprus in November
Cyprus in December – Christmas in Cyprus
While seasonal fluctuations are not drastic, however, they are different. Here’s what to expect…
Summer When It Sizzles
Summer stretches from mid-May to mid-October and means high temperatures, cloudless skies and cooling breezes from the sea.
It’s the ideal season for swimming, sunbathing and a whole range of watersports from sailing to scuba diving.
At this time of year, explore the archaeological sites early in the morning or in late afternoon, avoiding the hottest part of the day.
It’s always a good idea to bring along sun protection, such as sunscreen and a broad-brimmed hat. Even in the height of summer when it’s 32C degrees at the beach (and warmer inland), temperatures are refreshingly cooler in the Troodos, making the mountains ideal for hiking or simply relaxing.
The days of September and October are still sunny and the water warm enough for comfortable swimming. Basically, its still summer.
Autumn: Warm and Sunny
Toward the end of October evenings do tend to get cooler.
In October and through November the leaves change colour in the Troodos and vineyards take on gold and crimson hues against a backdrop of crystal clear sunlight.
In Cyprus even mid-November can feel like summer, but by month’s end medium-weight apparel for the late afternoons and evenings will enhance the traveller’s experience. It is still possible to enjoy swimming, while inland excursions to villages and vineyards for wine tastings can be very enjoyable.
Autumn also brings with it the annual Kypria festival, with prestigious local and international musical and dramatic performances at venues throughout Cyprus.
Winter: An Active Season
December and January are the months of Mediterranean winter, bringing the possibility of rain, but still an average of six hours of bright sunshine a day.
This is the time of year when smaller Mediterranean destinations shut down for the season, but not so Cyprus. The island is a major business centre and has many important heritage sites and museums, all at their least crowded in winter.
The cultural calendar is also alive and well throughout the winter, with new events coming all the time.
Into early February there is occasional rain, and often snow in the Troodos – ideal for skiing!
The first orchids bloom in January in Cyprus, and by mid-February the countryside is already alive with fresh green meadows and almond trees in bloom.
March days can still be cool (daytime temperatures around 19°C, 9°C at night) but steadily moderate.
Early spring is a wonderful time to visit to Cyprus, with pleasant daytime temperatures and many of the ancient ruins framed by a carpet of red anemones and other wildflowers. In April and into the middle of May spring is in full force. This is an ideal time for nature hikes and off-road adventures.
If in summer Cyprus is the place to bask in the sun, then spring is the time to savour the natural beauty of the island in bloom.