Best time to visit Cyprus

For a beach holiday, the best time to visit Cyprus is from June to September.

To explore the towns and cities of Cyprus, Greco-Roman ruins and Byzantine monasteries, the best time is during spring, from mid-April to mid-May, and during autumn, from mid-October to mid-November, thereby avoiding the intense summer heat and high season crowds.

Cyprus weather

Cyprus enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with year-round sunshine. On the coast, you can expect long, hot and sunny summers with mild, wet winters, which are separated by short, warm autumn and spring seasons.

Temperatures vary between the coast, the plains and mountainous areas. Inland, around Nicosia the climate is hotter in summer; while in the mountainous areas, the climate is colder. The winter months usually bring snow to the Troodos Mountains.

For weather conditions in these popular beach resorts, see the following:
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Here are the average temperatures in Larnaca, which is located on the south-eastern coast.

What is the best month to visit Cyprus?
June through September are the best months to visit Cyprus – the climate is perfect with hot, sunny weather and little to no rainfall.

July and August are especially popular, since this is the peak tourist season in Cyprus.

To avoid the crowds, higher prices and extreme heat of summer, the months of May and October are also good for a range of outdoor activities.

Which is the hottest month in Cyprus?
The hottest month of the year in Cyprus is normally August, with an average daily high temperature of 33°C (91°F), with high heat and humidity, and a low of 23°C (73°F)

The hot summer season lasts from mid-June through September, with an average daily high temperature above 29°C (84°F).

Which is the coldest month in Cyprus?
The coldest month of the year in Cyprus is January, with an average high of 17°C (62°F) and a low of 7°C (44°F).

The cool winter season lasts from early-December to mid-March, with an average daily high temperature below 19°C (66°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Cyprus?
The sunniest time of year in Cyprus is usually August with an average of 12 hours of sunshine per day; that's on average 87% of daylight hours.

When is the sea warmest in Cyprus?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Cyprus in August when the water temperature reaches 28°C (82°F), which is very pleasant for swimming.

The time of year with warmer water lasts from July to October, with an average temperature above 25°C (77°F).

Which month has the most rain in Cyprus?
December is usually the wettest month in Cyprus with 95mm (3.7in) of rainfall on average. There are normally eight days in December with some rain.

The rainy period of the year lasts from November through March, with a greater than 12% chance of a given day being a wet day.

The drier season lasts from April through October. July and August rarely experience any rainfall.

Which is the windiest month in Cyprus?
The windiest month of the year in Cyprus is February, with an average hourly wind speed of more than 18 kilometres per hour (11 mph; 10 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from mid-November to early-April, with average wind speeds of more than 15 kilometres per hour (9 mph; 8 knots).

The less-windy time of year lasts from early-April to late-November. The calmest month of the year in Cyprus is September, with an average hourly wind speed of 12 kilometres per hour (7.5 mph; 6.5 knots).

The predominant average hourly wind direction varies throughout the year in Cyprus.

Cyprus Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average daily max (°C)
17 17 20 23 27 30 33 33 31 28 23 19
Average daily min (°C)
7 7 9 12 16 20 22 23 20 17 13 9
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
6 6 7 9 10 12 12 12 10 9 7 6
Average daily daylight (hrs)
10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Comfort level
No heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Moderate heat icon High heat icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon High heat icon Moderate heat icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity
Average relative humidity (%)
70 70 70 65 65 65 70 70 65 60 65 70
UV Index (max)
3 4 5 7 9 11 11 10 8 5 3 2
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
8 6 5 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 5 8
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
80 40 35 20 9 3 0 0 7 15 55 95
Average wind speed (km/h)
17 18 16 15 13 13 13 13 12 13 15 17
Average sea temperature (°C)
18 17 17 18 21 24 27 28 27 25 22 20
Larnaca, Cyprus

Holiday seasons

High season: July and August, when hotel and restaurant prices are at their highest. Cyprus is also popular in winter between November and January.

Low season: Spring and autumn – the temperature is slightly cooler, hotel prices are more reasonable and the crowds non-existent.

Cyprus weather by month

Note: Meteorological data for Cyprus is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020, and is sourced from the Department of Meteorology – Republic of Cyprus at the nearest weather station, Larnaca International Airport (LCA), located 5km (3mi) south of Larnaca. Additional climate data is sourced from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

Latest update: Best time to visit Cyprus: 7 October, 2023

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