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The climate of Italy
According to the Köppen climate classification Italy has three types of climates. A large part of the north has a sea climate (types Cfb – moderate – and Cfa – warm) with relatively mild winters, no extreme temperatures during the summer and precipitation all year round. Central and South Italy have a Mediterranean climate (type Csa) with warm and dry summers and relatively mild winters. The most northern part of Italy, at the foot of the Alps partly has a high mountain climate (type EH) and in the lower parts a transitional climate (types Dfb and Dfc)


Climate information of places and areas in Italy
The climate information on this page is only brief. Specific information about weather and climate can be found on the climate pages per area or town. As for Italy the following climate information is available:

Cinque Terre
Lake Garda
Lake Maggiore
Porto Venere

Pleasant spring months
During spring temperatures rapidly rise to pleasant values; which makes blossoms burst in the beautiful Italian countryside. Italy is at its best during spring because temperatures are pleasant and the sun doesn’t shine at its brightest yet. However, it is a bit too early to book a sunny holiday because the temperature of the sea water is too cold during March and April. From May it gets pleasant alongside the pool. However, the weather is quite unstable and chances of cold and rainy days are still quite high, even in the warmer southern part of Italy. From the second part of May chances of rainy days decrease and the temperature of the sea water and the water in the lakes rises to 20 degrees Celsius; for most people very acceptable for swimming.

Warm summers
During the summer (June, July, August) it is warm to very warm in large parts of Italy. In the south (the area surrounding Naples and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia) temperatures may rise to 40 degrees Celsius. In large cities such as Naples and Rome it may get very muggy. There are little differences in summer temperatures in Italy. However, because of the length of the country a difference in temperature between north and south of 15 degrees may be recorded. In the higher parts of Italy it may even be 20-25 degrees colder than in the most southern tip of Italy at the same time.

Most of the precipitation in Italy falls west of the Apennines and in the mountains in the most northern tip of Italy. The windward side of the mountainous areas get more than 1,200 millimeters of rain per year. During the winter this may fall in the form of snow. Where and when most of the rain falls depends on the region and the season you are in. The southern part of Italy gets most of the rain during the winter; summers get little or hardly any rain. From September chances of precipitation increase in the south. The northern part of Italy has a more unstable pattern. Most of the rain falls during spring. During the summer showers may occur. Whenever a depression is stopped by the mountains it may rain for a few days which may cause flooding.

Winter sports in Italy
During the winter a large part of the precipitation falls in the form of snow above the line Genoa-Venice. In the Dolomites and the Alps there is enough snow for all kinds of winter sports activities. The Trentino – Alto Aldige region is a very popular winter sports destination among both Italians and other Europeans. Other winter sports destinations are: Südtirol/South Tyrol, Aosta, Turin and Belluno. Italy has beautiful winter sports areas with snow of an outstanding quality and the Italian cuisine is excellent. Winter sport in Italy is very popular among hedonists who want to enjoy the Italian cuisine besides skiing. The winter sport season is from December till March. However, in some areas it is possible to go skiing earlier than December. In other places the season even lasts till late spring.


Climate figures
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They can be seen as an average for Italy. The largest deviations are: the higher areas get more precipitation (Alps, Apennines, and Dolomites), the south gets more hours of sunshine and is warmer (especially along the coast and on Sicily), UV-index figures are higher in the south. The higher areas have a larger chance of wintry weather, especially in the north. The sea water temperatures that are shown are for the north (first figure) and for the south (second figure). These are extremes.

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temperature (°C)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (°C)
January 11 2 3 14 12-15
February 12 3 4 13 11-14
March 15 5 5 12 11-14
April 17 8 7 11 13-15
May 22 11 9 8 18-19
June 27 15 10 7 21-22
July 29 18 11 6 24-25
August 29 18 10 7 25-26
September 26 16 8 8 23-25
October 22 11 6 11 19-22
November 16 6 4 15 16-19
December 13 4 3 14 14-16
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate tables are useful but they don’t give an overall picture of the climate and possible weather conditions during a period of time. How high the chances are of hot or cold weather or hurricanes can often not be found in these tables. This is why we offer extra climate information per month. The information below is an average for Italy with the exception of areas higher than 800 meters.
The UV-index is an average for Italy; in the north the actual figure will be slightly lower, in the south slightly higher. The higher regions get less sunshine, have a larger chance of wintry weather and are slightly colder.

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