Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Cyprus Cyprus
In Cyprus, the summers are hot, humid, arid, and clear and the winters are long, cold, windy, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 43°F to 92°F and is rarely below 35°F or above 98°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Cyprus for hot-weather activities is from early June to late September.
Climate in Cyprus
The hot season lasts for 3.3 months, from June 10 to September 20, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest month of the year in Cyprus is August, with an average high of 91°F and low of 72°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.6 months, from December 2 to March 22, with an average daily high temperature below 65°F. The coldest month of the year in Cyprus is January, with an average low of 43°F and high of 59°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in Cyprus
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature in Cyprus
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In Cyprus, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Cyprus begins around May 18 and lasts for 4.8 months, ending around October 10.
The clearest month of the year in Cyprus is July, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 100% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 10 and lasts for 7.2 months, ending around May 18.
The cloudiest month of the year in Cyprus is December, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 35% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Cyprus
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Cyprus varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.9 months, from October 25 to March 22, with a greater than 13% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in Cyprus is December, with an average of 7.4 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
The drier season lasts 7.1 months, from March 22 to October 25. The month with the fewest wet days in Cyprus is July, with an average of 0.1 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. The month with the most days of rain alone in Cyprus is December, with an average of 7.4 days. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 27% on December 24.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Cyprus
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Cyprus experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 5.9 months, from October 11 to April 7, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The month with the most rain in Cyprus is December, with an average rainfall of 2.3 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 6.1 months, from April 7 to October 11. The month with the least rain in Cyprus is July, with an average rainfall of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Cyprus
The length of the day in Cyprus varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2023, the shortest day is December 22, with 9 hours, 48 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 31 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Cyprus
The earliest sunrise is at 5:33 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 31 minutes later at 7:04 AM on October 28. The earliest sunset is at 4:36 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 30 minutes later at 8:06 PM on June 29.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Cyprus during 2023, starting in the spring on March 26, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 29.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Cyprus
The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.
Solar Elevation and Azimuth in Cyprus
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2023. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases in Cyprus
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
Cyprus experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from June 20 to September 24, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 17% of the time. The month with the most muggy days in Cyprus is August, with 19.1 days that are muggy or worse.
The least muggy day of the year is February 24, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Cyprus
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This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Cyprus experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.4 months, from November 27 to April 10, with average wind speeds of more than 9.5 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Cyprus is February, with an average hourly wind speed of 11.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.6 months, from April 10 to November 27. The calmest month of the year in Cyprus is October, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Cyprus
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Cyprus varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 10 months, from January 4 to November 10 and for 1.6 weeks, from December 19 to December 30, with a peak percentage of 83% on August 20. The wind is most often from the north for 1.6 weeks, from November 10 to November 21, with a peak percentage of 33% on November 12. The wind is most often from the east for 4.0 weeks, from November 21 to December 19 and for 5.0 days, from December 30 to January 4, with a peak percentage of 32% on November 27.
Wind Direction in Cyprus
Cyprus is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.1 months, from July 2 to October 6, with an average temperature above 78°F. The month of the year in Cyprus with the warmest water is August, with an average temperature of 82°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.3 months, from December 19 to April 29, with an average temperature below 66°F. The month of the year in Cyprus with the coolest water is February, with an average temperature of 62°F.
Average Water Temperature in Cyprus
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Cyprus throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Cyprus for general outdoor tourist activities are from late April to mid June and from mid September to late October, with a peak score in the last week of May.
Tourism Score in Cyprus
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Cyprus for hot-weather activities is from early June to late September, with a peak score in the second week of September.
Beach/Pool Score in Cyprus
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
While it does not do so every year, freezing temperatures are seen in Cyprus over some winters. The day least likely to be in the growing season is January 16, with a 65% chance.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Cyprus
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Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Cyprus should appear around January 31, only rarely appearing before January 20 or after February 17.
Growing Degree Days in Cyprus
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from May 6 to August 25, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.3 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Cyprus is June, with an average of 8.4 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from November 4 to February 13, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.7 kWh. The darkest month of the year in Cyprus is December, with an average of 2.6 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Cyprus
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Cyprus are 35.000 deg latitude, 33.000 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Cyprus is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 0 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 0 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (0 feet). Within 50 miles is also essentially flat (0 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Cyprus is covered by trees (96%), within 10 miles by trees (49%) and cropland (30%), and within 50 miles by water (60%) and cropland (18%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Cyprus, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
The details of the data sources used for this report can be found on the Nicosia International Airport page.
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