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The weather in Italy? A few words about, an introduction to, the weather in Italy? Pretty much impossible, really - may as well talk about 'the weather in Europe' or 'the appearance of Silvio Berlusconi' - all likely to change from place to place, year to year, even day to day, often quite dramatically.
Much easier to talk about Italian weather at a regional level, and that's exactly what we try to do - select a region above, and from there you'll be able to further narrow things down. We'll show you averages for type of weather and minimum and maximum temperatures, day by day, week by week - ideal for planning your holiday wardrobes and working out just how badly you're likely to get stung for having the temerity to actually take luggage onto an airplane.
Interested in temperatures across all of Italy? Click on a region on the map below to select a region.
The long and narrow profile of Italy, together with widely varying terrain, makes predicting the weather a game for the thick skinned and the fast footed, but we've been collecting weather data for years and years; we'd hope that taking the approach of averaging things out over the years should give you a pretty good idea of temperatures, if nothing else. You may see a cloud graphic pop up in the middle of your vacation dates, but at the height of summer you may well welcome the relief that an atmoshpere-scrubbing storm will bring, so don't get too hung up on the fine details.
If you're about to depart for Italy and are looking for a detailed weather forecast for the next six days, visit italy-weather-and-maps.com, from whence the following description is taken:
"Athough extremes of temperature are to be found in the north and south, the vast bulk of central Italy enjoys a Mediterranean climate, at its hottest in July and August, but with mild, sunny springs and autumns. The average maximum temperatures in Bolzano rarely go above 29°C or fall much below 5°C, while in Palermo they rise into the 30s in mid-summer and seldom if ever fall below 15°C. Florence enjoys a climate somewhere in between, and summer temperatures across most of Italy average in the mid 20s.
Rainfall tends to be higher in the mountains of the north, while summer droughts are not uncommon in the deep south, which is on the same latitude as Algiers. Hot, dry, African winds like the Sirocco and the Libeccio keep the humidity down (sometimes delivering Saharan sand in the process), while the cooler Tramontana and Mistral from from the north will often bring storms and rain. Sea breezes have a warming effect on the coasts in winter and help to keep even the hottest days tolerable in summer, especially with the mountains near at hand."