Cyprus Weather

Cyprus weather is some of the best in the Mediterranean because of its southerly location and proximity to the Middle East. Summers are hot and sunny while winters are quite a bit cooler with some cloud and rain. The Cyprus weather guide shown below is for Paphos.

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Cyprus weather overview

Cyprus is a great holiday destination for both families and young adults. There is plenty of sun sand and sea, English is spoken everywhere and the people of the island are laid back and very friendly. Ayia Napa, the island's undisputed clubbing capital probably has the best night-life; however there is no shortage of bars and clubs in Paphos, Limassol, and other tourist centres.

Aphrodite Rock in Cyprus © Gratien Jonxis
Aphrodite Rock in Cyprus © Gratien Jonxis

The most popular beaches are scattered all along the south coast. The ones with the finest white sand, though probably the most crowded, are all in the east from Nissi Bay to Protaras, but elsewhere there are many to choose from around Pissouri, Paphos, Peyia and Polis.

The flight time from the UK to Cyprus is about 5 hours; the two main airports are at Larnaca and Paphos with flights to about a dozen UK airports depending on the time of year.

The height of the holiday season is naturally in the summer which in Cyprus can be any time between the beginning of May and the end of October. Because Cyprus is so far to the east in the Mediterranean, summer comes a little earlier than it does to places in the western Med like Majorca and Ibiza. The season is also very long, so Cyprus is both an ideal destination for an early summer break, or for those looking for one later in the year.

In May there are an average of 10 hours of sunshine a day and temperatures usually reach highs of above 25°C in the afternoon. The sea is still a little cool at 20°C and heat and humidity is low so this is a great time of year to explore the island, trek or cycle through mountain forests, or simply visit some of the many archaeological sites.

From June to September there is even more sunshine and during these months daytime temperatures can rise well into the thirties Celsius with high heat and humidity. Luckily high summer temperatures on land help to generate onshore breezes which have a cooling effect in coastal regions. During August sea temperatures rise to a fairly warm 27°C.

Inland, for example at Nicosia, it is generally 4 or 5°C hotter during the day in summer, while in the mountains of the southwest, which rise to almost 2,000 metres, it can be 4 or 5°C cooler during the day than on the coast.

It is only after the beginning of October that Cyprus weather starts to change. Evenings become noticeably cooler and generally there is more cloud. Low pressure systems travelling from the west through the Mediterranean bring most of the rain that falls during the winter, though the amount is relatively small, less than 500mm a year, except over the mountains.

Usually December and January are the months with the most rain. In terms of sunshine the cloudiest months in Cyprus still have at least 5 hours of sunshine on average each day compared with 1 or 2 hours in the UK. Being that bit further south Cyprus also has nearly two more hours of daylight in winter than the UK.

January and February are the coolest months with temperatures on the coast usually ranging from 7°C to 17°C, and a couple of degrees colder inland at Nicosia. In the mountains there is snow during the winter and in fact there is a small ski resort near the top of Mount Olympus where you can ski in January and February, though the runs are quite short.

On an annual basis Cyprus probably has more sunshine than any other Mediterranean destination. It is also generally sunny during the cooler months from December to March; however it can be a little too hot for some people at the height of summer. Whether you want to bask in the sun, enjoy the spring or autumn seasons, or escape the Northern European winter, Cyprus weather has something offer at all times of the year.

What to pack for Cyprus weather

Take light clothes and beach wear for a visit during the summer from May to October. Warmer clothes are necessary in the winter and some protection against rain is advisable. An extra layer will be needed if you are going into the mountains.

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