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Cyprus Weather

Posted: 22 Aug, 2016. No comments
Photo showing a white sun umbrella with two reclining sun beds on on each side on soft yellow sand looking out onto a calm blue sea on an evidently sunny day effectively describing the Cyprus weather

Cyprus weather – our sub-tropical climate ensure months of sun filled days!

Cyprus weather is great for the sun lover. From warm to hot summers the coastal areas of Cyprus enjoy, in the main, very mild winters. Summers on Cyprus are generally dry, very dry if you are a plant in need of water – irrigation or an ability to survive prolonged hot dry periods are essential. This year, 2016, we have had no rain since early May. If you want snow, during the winter the Troodos mountains are the place on the island to find it. Rain occurs mainly in winter and again it is typically the higher ground that is most affected by rain. Here by the coast we celebrate when we get rain, that is how infrequent rainfall is!

For the visitor, it is useful to know that Cyprus has possibly the warmest climate and warmest winters in Europe. Average annual temperatures here on the coast are 24degC (75degF) by day and 14degC (57degF) at night. The season of good weather spans around eight months. The rise in temperature is noticeable at the beginning of April and a falling off of temperature may typically be observed in late November. Though there have been years when we have memorably been able to eat Christmas lunch outside on Christmas Day!

The last four months of the year see daytime temperatures which may get up to 20degC (68degF) dropping to a cool 16 – 17 degC at night. On rare occasions temperatures fall as low as 0 degC, these events tend to coincide with winds coming off the iced mountains of the nearby mainland.

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Sea temperatures

The Cyprus weather also warms our sea. Bathing in August the sea water is comfortably warm yet still refreshing. On Christmas Day one can still take a dip without being chilled to the bone! The average annual temperature of the sea around Cyprus is 21–22 °C (70–72 °F), from 17 °C (63 °F) in February to 27–28 °C (81–82 °F) in August (depending on the location). In the seven months from May to November average sea temperatures exceed 20 °C (68 °F).

Sunshine

Cyprus receives an average of 2,700 to 3,500 hours of sunshine per year. We tend to avoid the sunshine and find that we receive plenty of exposure from sitting out under our verandah or in other shady places. For those with less time here, a half hour in the sun, a couple of times a day, with a high factor sun screen will give you an enviable tan.

In winter, Cyprus receives an average of 5–6 hours of sunlight per day, half of the 12–13 hours experienced at the height of summer. This is about double that of cities in the northern half of Europe; for comparison, London has 1,461 hours. However, in winter there can be more than four times more sunshine; for comparison, London has 37 hours while coastal locations in Cyprus have around 180 hours of sunshine in December (that is, as much as in May in London).

Winds

Winds are generally light to moderate and variable in direction. At Villa Carpe Diem we see a pattern in the wind, there is a breeze that picks up in the afternoon, dying away in early evening. The breeze, in the height of summer, is pleasingly cooling. Strong winds occur from time to time, but gales are infrequent over Cyprus. Here on the coast at an elevation of seventy metres we experience more if the breeze than is the case in the village or at say 20 metres above sea level. Something of a micro-climate perhaps.

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or perhaps you are looking to buy your home from home place in the sun on the Island of Aphrodite?

 

Source material: wikipedia.com

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