North Cyprus as well as the whole island enjoys typical Mediterranean
climate with long, warm and dry summers from mid-May to mid-October
and mild and wet winters from December to February. The short autumn
and spring periods complete the seasons of the year.
Summer in Northern Cyprus is a season of hot weather, high temperatures
and cloudless sky, but the sea breeze make a pleasant atmosphere
in coastal areas. The temperature of the hottest months of July
and August crawls to 34 °C and even to 40 °C. In the interior
of the island the temperature during the coldest months is between
7 and 15 degrees. As the relief grows higher, the temperature gets
lower. That is why the coastal areas boast higher temperatures while
the Kyrenia Mountain range gets more rainfall and the temperatures
are lower. Winters are mild with some rain and only occasional quick-melting
falls of snow on the Kyrenia Mountain range. Whole Cyprus enjoys
high sunshine duration in all coastal areas, even in January there
are generally six hours of bright sunshine during the day. The weather
in North Cyprus provides the visitors a truly pleasant holiday all
The graph to the right displays air and sea temperature on the island.
However, the maximum temperature reaches up to 40 °C in the
Rainfall and Snow
The average rainfall of 402 mm, however, is below Mediterranean
average, conforms more to the climate pattern of the eastern Mediterranean.
Although snowfall is not typical of Cyprus, it can remain on the
Troodos massif in the southern part. The coastal plains get a low
rainfall, on average from 340 to 500 mm, falling predominately in
the winter. Nicosia town is characterized by low average rainfall
(324 mm) as it is situated in the outback of the island. In the
hilly areas the average rainfall varies between 500 and 750 mm,
falling particularly in winter, rarely in the summer. Due to the
altitude, the highest number of rainfall is bound to the Kyrenia
Mountain range, where it ranges between 750 and 1110 mm. It is the
Kyrenia Mountains that create a climatic barrier and make Kyrenia
town a sunny destination with very little rainfall all year round.
Weather and Clothing
As the weather in Cyprus is changing during the year, here are some
suggestions for what to wear during the seasons:
• December - January: Although it is
the winter time for Cypriots, the sunshine is not absent. During
this period you should be prepared for all the kinds of weather
that a European spring may bring. The evenings and nights are cold.
Recommended are winter clothes but definitely not heavy coats.
• February - March: A period with occasional
rain, sometimes chilly evenings however, there is plenty of warm
and sunny days. March is a spring period in Cyprus. Light winter
clothes with medium-weight wear.
• April - May: Pleasantly warm days, though
temperatures may decrease at night. Recommended is medium-weight
and summer apparel with woollies for the evenings.
• June - July - August: Be prepared for
heat, hot summer days with the cloudless sky and temperatures reaching
up to 40° C. Recommended is very light summer clothing and make
sure you wear sunglasses and a hat and have plenty of sun cream.
Take a bottle of water with you everywhere.
• September - October: Hot or warm days
with chilly October evenings. Light-weight clothing for the day
and medium-weight, like light jacket for the evenings in October.
• November: Pleasantly warm and sunny
days. Recommended is medium-weight clothing supplied with light