Weather

Being situated in the southern Mediterranean and close to northern Africa, the weather in Sicily is often very warm - and often very hot!

During July and August it is very hot and dry, and visitors might consider coming during the spring and autumn when the sea is still warm, the days are usually still warm - hot, but it is possible to escape from the heat a bit more easily. Even during November-December it is often pleasantly warm although there are significantly less hours of sunshine.

The south-western coast has the highest temperatures, the north coast slightly lower, and of course the higher altitudes in the mountains have lower temperatures. Likewise, the rainfall in the north-east and around Mount Etna is substantially higher than the regions towards the south and west of Sicily.

The figures below are guidelines only for the weather you might expect in Sicily. As with all 'month by month' weather information the statistics hide a great deal of variation! August temperatures in Sicily are often above 40 degrees centigrade, winters can be rather chilly, and the number of days rain shown doesn't mean it will rain all day for that number of days!

Weather in January

  • Typical temperature (centigrade): 10 - 15
  • Rainfall: Moderate (8-10 days)

Weather in February

  • Typical temperature (centigrade): 10 - 15
  • Rainfall: Moderate (8-10 days)

Weather in March

  • Typical temperature (centigrade): 10 - 16
  • Rainfall: Low - Moderate

Weather in April

  • Typical temperature (centigrade): 12 - 20
  • Rainfall: Low - Moderate (6 days)

Weather in May

  • Typical temperature (centigrade): 15 - 24
  • Rainfall: Low (3 days)

Weather in June

  • Typical temperature (centigrade): 21 - 29
  • Rainfall: Low (2 days)

Weather in July

  • Typical temperature (centigrade): 23 - 32
  • Rainfall: Unusual (0-1 days)

Weather in August

  • Typical temperature (centigrade): 23 - 32
  • Rainfall: Unusual (0-1 days)

Weather in September

  • Typical temperature (centigrade): 20 - 25
  • Rainfall: Low (4 days)

Weather in October

  • Typical temperature (centigrade): 18 - 22
  • Rainfall: Moderate (8-10 days)

Weather in November

  • Typical temperature (centigrade): 12 - 19
  • Rainfall: Moderate (8-10 days)

Weather in December

  • Typical temperature (centigrade): 10 - 15
  • Rainfall: Moderate (8-10 days)

Sicily weather - when to visit

Again, just a rough guide to when you might like to visit, based on the seasonal weather in Sicily:

Sun lovers and sunbathers - mid June to mid September

Avoid school holidays and extreme temperatures: June or September

Visit towns and ancient monuments rather than beaches: September - November or March - May