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Climate and Weather

Sicily has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. In mountain areas and along the coast, the sea and the altitude have a moderating influence on temperatures. However, up to an altitude of 1,500 metres, temperatures of 35-40 °C can be expected in summer. In addition, the "sirocco", a hot desert wind from North Africa, often blows in the summer and raises the temperature to high levels. On the east coast it is a humid wind and on the north and west coasts a dry wind.

The coldest month is January with temperatures from around 10°C on the coast to below freezing above 1800 metres. Precipitation falls mainly between October and March, often in large quantities. On the peaks of the Sicilian Apennines, precipitation falls in winter in the form of snow. There, the climate is more continental with more rain and cold winters. Etna is therefore covered with snow for most of the year and skiing can even be practised there.

The sea water temperature is about 14°C in March and about 21°C in August.


Sources

Scholten, J. / Sicilië: met de Egadische en Eolische eilanden
Van Reemst

Bausenhardt, H. / Sicilië
Van Reemst

Haan-van de Wiel, W.H. de / Sicilië
Gottmer

CIA - World Factbook

BBC - Country Profiles

Last updated January 2024
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