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Sicily climate: when to go to Sicily

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Island located in the middle of the Mediterranean, Sicily has a typical Mediterranean climate made of long hot and dry summers and short mild winters. In the interior highlands and in the reliefs, however, the benefits of the Mediterranean climate is significantly reduced.

The average maximum temperatures reach up to values around 30 ° C during July and August, while in winter drop up to 15 ° C along the coast and below 10 ° C in the highest places of the interior. The average minimum temperatures vary between 19 ° C / 24 ° C in August and 4 ° C / 10 ° C in January.

Rainfall is concentrated in autumn and winter months. The wettest months are between October and February, during the summer rains are very rare. The average amount of rainfall varies considerably based on the disposition of the reliefs.

The wettest area of the region is that of the Nebrodi mountains where usually fall approximately 1,300 mm of rain per year, but in most of the island fall between 700 and 500 mm of rain per year. The driest part of the island is the southern section, where in some places there are less than 500 mm of rain per year. On the summit of Mount Etna snow is usually present from mid-December to mid-April.

The coast under the Montechiaro Castle, Palma di Montechiaro, Agrigento, Sicily. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

The coast under the Montechiaro Castle, Palma di Montechiaro, Agrigento, Sicily. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

The temperature of the sea in Sicily is over 22 ° C between June and October, in August reaches 27 ° C, while in February and March drops to 15 ° C.

WHEN TO GO TO SICILY

Due to its mild climate, all year round is suitable for visiting this beautiful island. The best months for a trip to Sicily, however, are those between April and September.

TABLES OF CLIMATE OF SICILY

PALERMO (71 meters)
Month Average Low Temp. (°C) Average High Temp. (°C) Rain (mm)
January 6,8 15,4 89
February 7,0 15,9 69
March 8,0 17,5 58
April 10,1 20,1 46
May 12,9 23,4 25
June 16,6 27,2 10
July 19,0 30,1 5
August 19,6 30,4 12
September 17,9 28,3 42
October 14,8 24,5 80
November 11,3 20,6 84
December 8,4 16,9 93
YEAR  12,7  22,5 613

TRAPANI (7 meters)
Month Average Low Temp. (°C) Average High Temp. (°C) Rain (mm)
January 7,9 15,0 66
February 7,7 15,3 50
March 8,4 16,7 43
April 10,1 19,1 38
May 13,4 23,4 19
June 16,8 27,1 3
July 19,6 29,7 3
August 20,6 30,4 9
September 18,6 27,9 43
October 15,6 23,8 71
November 11,8 19,3 79
December 9,4 16,3 69
YEAR  13,3  22,0 495

MESSINA (51 meters)
Month Average Low Temp. (°C) Average High Temp. (°C) Rain (mm)
January 10,1 14,1 103
February 9,8 14,7 100
March 10,9 16,1 83
April 12,5 18,3 68
May 16,4 22,5 33
June 20,4 26,8 12
July 23,4 30,0 20
August 24,2 30,5 25
September 21,5 27,5 64
October 17,8 23,2 113
November 14,1 18,8 119
December 11,6 15,8 103
YEAR  16,1  21,6 847

ENNA (965 meters)
Month Average Low Temp. (°C) Average High Temp. (°C) Rain (mm)
January 2,9 6,5 37
February 2,7 6,9 35
March 3,8 8,4 32
April 6,1 11,8 21
May 11,1 17,6 16
June 14,9 22,3 13
July 17,9 25,4 10
August 18,2 25,6 24
September 15,0 21,5 24
October 10,8 15,8 57
November 7,9 12,3 36
December 4,8 8,5 51
YEAR  9,7  15,2 360

SIRACUSA (23 meters)
Month Average Low Temp. (°C) Average High Temp. (°C) Rain (mm)
January 7,3 14,8 75
February 7,5 15,3 52
March 8,7 17,1 44
April 10,7 19,7 30
May 13,9 23,7 16
June 17,8 28,2 5
July 20,7 31,3 3
August 21,2 31,2 7
September 19,2 28,1 44
October 16,0 24,0 78
November 12,1 19,6 94
December 9,0 16,3 78
YEAR  13,7  22,4 526

SEA WATER TEMPERATURES IN SICILY

PALERMO
Month Sea Water Temperature (°C)
January 15
February 14
March 14
April 15
May 18
June 22
July 25
August 26
September 25
October 22
November 19
December 17
PORTOPALO
Month Sea Water Temperature (°C)
January 16
February 15
March 15
April 16
May 18
June 22
July 25
August 27
September 25
October 23
November 20
December 18

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