Best Time to Visit Cyprus

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Cyprus. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Nicosia und Limassol. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Cyprus for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 5 °C to 37 °C
Waves Symbol 17 °C to 28 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 03.94 in (0 – 9 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 19.4 °C (Nicosia) and 20.4 °C (Limassol)
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Geographical location

Cyprus is a popular holiday island in the eastern Mediterranean. The distance between the island state and Turkey is around 47 miles, which means that Cyprus is already part of Asia in geographical terms.

As a rule, however, the island state is assigned to the European cultural area. Cyprus covers an area of 5700 square miles, making it the third largest Mediterranean island after Sicily and Sardinia.

Northern Cyprus, the northern part of the island, is claimed by Turkey, although under purely international law the entire territory of Cyprus became a member of the European Union in May 2004.

There are two mountain ranges in Cyprus, the Pentadaktylos mountain range in northeastern Cyprus and the volcanic, wooded Troodos mountain range inland.

Olympus, Cyprus’s highest mountain at 1952 metres, also belongs to Troodos. The capital is Nicosia, the northern part of the city is also the capital of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Climate in Cyprus

Aphrodite's Rock (Rum Bucolic Ape)  [flickr.com]  CC BY-ND 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The Cyprus climate is subtropical Mediterranean. Summers are characterized by a hot and very dry climate, winters are characterized by a mild and rather humid climate. Due to its southern location, Cyprus has particularly long summers with up to 13 hours of sunshine a day. In the region between the mountain ranges Pentadaktylos and Troodos it gets extremely hot in summer and there can be temperatures of over 45 °C.

At the coast the weather is a bit more moderate, but the day temperatures also here in summer mostly reach values of 37 °C and more. In general it can be stated that it is often cooler on the west coast due to the wind than on the east coast. The water temperatures in the Mediterranean reach the 20 °C mark around the end of April and are suitable for swimming throughout the summer until the end of November.

However, air temperatures cool down slowly in autumn and night temperatures of around 10 °C in November are not uncommon. Between the beginning of December and mid-March, the day temperatures remain below 20 °C. The lowest temperatures in winter are rarely below 8 °C on the coast. Snow regularly falls in winter on the plateaus of the two mountain ranges.

Best Time to Visit Cyprus: Overview

JanuaryJan
Winter (mild)
TemperaturesTemp. up to 18 °C
FebruaryFeb
Winter (mild)
TemperaturesTemp. up to 18 °C
MarchMar
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TemperaturesTemp. up to 22 °C
DecemberDec
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TemperaturesTemp. up to 17 °C

When to travel to Cyprus?


In principle, Cyprus can be visited all year round. If you want to go hiking and sightseeing, March, April and November are the best months for travelling. During the winter months in the Troodos Mountains until mid-March even skiers in Cyprus get their money’s worth. The high season for beach holidays is mainly during the summer holidays in July and August.

However, due to the extreme heat, often over 40 °C, this period is not suitable for every holidaymaker. Even the smallest activities in Cyprus (especially in the interior of the island) can become a torture in summer. We therefore recommend the period from the end of April to the end of June and from the beginning of September to mid-November as the best travel season for Cyprus.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Cyprus) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
NicosiaMay, June, July, August, September, and October
LimassolMay, June, July, August, September, and October

Climate Charts Cyprus

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Nicosia

Climate Chart Nicosia
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Limassol

Climate Chart Limassol
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Precipitation

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Cyprus

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Cyprus, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Nicosia (Cyprus)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature15°16°19°24°30°34°37°37°34°28°22°17°
Night Temperature10°15°19°22°22°19°15°10°
Precipitation (inch)1.891.851.460.870.870.280.040.280.240.871.222.28
Rainy days998441011568
Hours of Sunshine67891113131211976
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Nicosia is 19.4 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: July (29.4 °C)
Coldest month: January (10.3 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 12.13 inch on 56 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: February

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 12.8 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 9.2 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation in Limassol (Cyprus)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature18°18°20°23°27°31°33°33°31°29°24°19°
Night Temperature10°13°17°20°22°23°21°18°14°10°
Water Temperature18°17°17°18°21°24°27°28°27°25°22°20°
Precipitation (inch)3.412.631.410.720.20.06000.110.523.053.93
Rainy days976310000269
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Limassol is 20.4 °C.

Warmest month: August (28 °C)
Coldest month: January (13.2 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Limassol is 28 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all months

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
June, July, August, September, October, and November

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 16.04 inch on 43 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Limassol.

Highlights and Attractions


Although bathing holidays are a top priority for most travellers in Cyprus, the island is also rich in scenic and cultural attractions. Agía Nápa, Páfos (Coral Bay) and Ómodos are among the most popular holiday resorts. Many highlights are located in Larnaca, Limassol and the still divided state capital Nicosia.

During your Cyprus holiday you should definitely have seen the Lefkara peaks, the excavation sites in Paphos and Kykkos Monastery. Other attractions of the country are the amphitheatre of Kourion, the red villages of Larnaca and the Aphrodite rock. In Northern Cyprus, Famagusta and Girne stand out as tourist centres, the ancient Salamis is considered one of the most important attractions in the north.

More information about the best things to do: Cyprus

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Nicosia
scattered clouds     scattered clouds, 10 °C
Clouds: 40 %       Wind: 7 mph NNO
Air Pressure: 1019 hPa       Humidity: 76 %
Last updated: 21st Jan 2019, 03:00 am
The next days …
21st Jan 201922nd Jan 201923rd Jan 201924th Jan 201925th Jan 201926th Jan 2019
overcast clouds13 °C to 15 °Cmoderate rain11 °C to 15 °Cscattered clouds11 °C to 16 °Clight rain9 °C to 18 °Csky is clear5 °C to 17 °Csky is clear3 °C to 18 °C
13 °C to 15 °C11 °C to 15 °C11 °C to 16 °C9 °C to 18 °C5 °C to 17 °C3 °C to 18 °C
Clouds: 88 %Clouds: 64 %Clouds: 48 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 36 %Clouds: 0 %
No Precipitation0.16 in of rainNo Precipitation0.01 in of rainNo PrecipitationNo Precipitation
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Cyprus: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 5 reviews for Cyprus holiday already. Average rating is 4.6 of 5 stars.
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    tommy, 24 years old was there in January

    Were there now in May and the weather was fantastic. During the day around 30 and at night over a pleasant 22-24 degrees. Walks at night are super pleasant and on the beach chairs, which are accessible to everyone you can watch the stars at night and listen to the sound of the sea! For me the top season to relax on cyprus!

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Marc, 52 years old was there in October

    Wonderful weather. Blue sky without clouds for two weeks. Temperatures between 25 and 29 degrees. Very windy.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Carsten, 45 years old was there in October

    14 days in Northern Cyprus (Kyrenia) with at least 8 hours of sunshine daily and up to 31°C ; water temperature ~24°C . Even evening and night temperatures very pleasant

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Manon Giron, 70 years old was there in December

    From 8 days in Northern Cyprus, one day was very much rain, other days sun and cold.

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    Gabriele, 56 years old was there in November

    THAT WEATHER WAS VERY BEAUTIFUL WAS ALSO GOING BATH
    IN THE EVENING A LIGHT JACKET AND COULD GO ON TERRACE DINNER WAS GREAT

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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