Sara and John say...
If it’s summer heat and sunshine you’re after, then you can’t go wrong in Cyprus.
From June to September, it barely ever rains and the sun shines from dawn ’til dusk. Along coastal areas, there’s often a refreshing sea breeze that prevents daytime temperatures from rising much above the low to mid 30s Celsius. It’s a magnet for beach-lovers, sailors, divers and snorkellers!
However, inland, away from the mountainous areas, it can get very hot indeed - nearer 40 degrees at the capital, Nicosia. So for those looking to sight-see and explore the impressive ancient history of the island, the midday sun is best avoided. Instead, balmy nights make for great street-life and alfresco dining.
Autumn is slow to arrive across Cyprus. In fact, many find October the perfect month, with sunshine, warm seas and fewer crowds than in the peak summer months.
It’s not until November that the weather turns notably cooler, with a greater number of cloudy and damp days. Daytime temperatures ease down into the mid to high teens during the short winter period, with some chilly nights. And in the Troodos Mountains, freezing conditions bring snowfall, especially from December to February. But wintertime is still dry much of the time, and some days can be remarkably warm and sunny.
It’s not long before temperatures are climbing sharply through March to May, when spring blooms transform the landscape into a picture of dazzling colour. The fresh air and blue skies are a real draw for visitors desperate for warmth after the long winter months. It’s a perfect time to come to Cyprus before the peak of the heat arrives. But for comfort and safety, sunscreen and hydration are ‘musts’.