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Best time to visit Sicily

The best time to visit Sicily is from April to June and late September to October when temperatures are still warm, and the crowds are not quite so intense.

However, for the best weather visit Sicily during June, July and August.

Sicily enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and warm rainy winters.


Sicily weather

Summer (June to September) offers clear sunny skies with an average high of 25°C (77°F) in June climbing to 29°C (84°F) in July and August before falling to 27°C (81°F) in September. Nighttime temperatures are in the low 20s. Seawater temperature reach 25°C (77°F) in August.

Autumn (October and November) continues the good weather with an average high of 19°C (66°F) in November. Mountain temperatures are much lower than on the coast – Mount Etna is frequently snow-capped by late November coinciding with the start of the ski season, which lasts from November to March.

Winter (December to February) is mild with an average high of 15°C (59°F) and a low of 10°C (50°F).

Spring (March to May) is warm and sunny with an average high of 16°C (61°F) in March, 18°C (64°F) in April and 22°C (72°F) in May.


Seasons

High season: Usually from June to early September. This is the most expensive and most crowded time to travel in Sicily. August is the busiest month when most Sicilians also take their holidays.

Shoulder season: April to May, early September to October and mid-December to 24 December.

Low season: Early November to mid-December and from 25 December to the end of March. Many hotels and restaurants take a month or more off between November and February.


Sicily – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 12 13 14 16 19 22 25 26 24 20 17 14
Ave High Temp (°C) 15 15 16 18 22 25 28 29 27 23 19 16
Ave Low Temp (°C) 10 10 11 13 16 20 23 24 22 18 14 11
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 10 8 7 5 4
Daylight (Hrs daily) 10 11 12 13 14 15 15 14 12 11 10 10
Comfort Level No heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity No heat & humidity
Ave Humidity (%) 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 75 70 75
UV Index 2 3 5 6 8 9 9 9 7 5 3 2
Days with some Rain 12 11 10 9 3 2 1 2 4 9 11 11
Ave Rainfall (mm) 70 65 60 45 25 12 5 14 40 100 95 80
Sea Temp (°C) 15 14 14 15 18 21 25 26 25 22 19 16
(Palermo, Sicily) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with additional historical climate data sourced from Servizio Meteorologico – the Italian Meteorological Service.


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Latest update: Best time to visit Sicily: 11 December, 2019


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