The beautiful island of Sicily is a part of Italy located in Mediterranean Sea, between Europe's mainland and Africa, so it has a Mediterranean temperate climate characterized by mild wet winters and hot dry summers. In Sicily are four seasons – winter, spring, summer, autumn – with specific average temperatures: in winter (December, January, February) there are around 50-59 degrees Fahrenheit (10-15 degrees Celsius), in spring (March, April, May) are 52-72 degrees Fahrenheit (11-22 degrees Celsius), in summer (June, July, August) are 68-100 degrees Fahrenheit (20-38 degrees Celsius), while in autumn (September, October, November) are 66-72 degrees Fahrenheit (19-22 degrees Celsius). There can be observed that generally the climate in Sicily is warm and very pleasant year-round excepting perhaps mid-summer, when the daytime temperatures increase usually over 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius) and the best thing that tourist can do is to spend their time off on the gorgeous Sicilian beaches and chill out in the waters of Mediterranean Sea. Yet, even if the summer temperatures are very high, in Sicily is a dry warmth, and consequently it can be bore much easier in comparison with tropical weather, which is hot and humid.
When is the best time to visit Sicily? The answer at this question depends largely on the travel's purpose. Between March-May is a very good time for taking tours in Sicily and visiting the most popular attractions because the high season is still far away and on the island are few visitors. Everything can be enjoyed without the typical summer crowd and also the room rates in most hotels in Sicily are much more affordable in this interval. At the end of May, the more brave and in good shape vacationers can take even a bath in Mediterranean and swim around due to the fact that the water's temperature is about 62-64 degrees Fahrenheit (17-18 degrees Celsius). Foreign tourists interested in beach holidays invade literally Sicily in summer, thus all hotels, beaches and points of interest get very crowded and the prices are also at the highest level. The daytime temperatures go up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) and even more in July and August, so generally these months are considered the best for lounging on beaches and practicing water sports. September and the first two weeks in October are also excellent for beach holidays in Sicily – the air temperature reaches 82-84 degrees Fahrenheit (28-29 degrees Celsius) during the day, while the water is about 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius), so the weather is just perfect both for spending great time on the beach and for tours to see the most spectacular cities and the impressive landmarks of Sicily.
Winters in Sicily are generally cold, yet the temperatures don't drop under 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) and snowfall appear rarely, mostly in the mountainous regions such as Mount Etna (still on its slopes can be enjoyed great skiing). This period is considered the best for cultural holidays in Sicily, but also to explore the island's archaeological attractions and taste the great food and wines produced locally.
Some regional characteristics of weather in Sicily are the following: Palermo (the capital city of the autonomous region), located on the northern coast, has less annuall rainfall than any other large city in Italy; Catania, situated on the eastern side of the island at the foothill of Mount Etna, features more precipitation than other areas, but also some occasional volcanic ash due to the fact that Mount Etna is an active volcano; Messina and the nearby resort-town of Taormina lie in the northeastern corner and are located in a region where the rains are more frequent than in other parts, especially during winter.
Sicily is for years one of the top vacation destinations in Mediterranean for beach holidays, as well as for cultural tours, welcoming every year millions of foreign tourists from all over the world. The high popularity of holiday packages and travel deals to Sicily is consequence of the numerous high-class beach resorts in Trapani, Taormina and Cefalu, of valuable archaeological remains (particularly visible in Agrigento and the closely located Valley of Temples), of numerous tourist attractions (from which a large part are in Palermo), and last but not least, of the excellent spa centers and luxury accommodation amenities provided by a good selection of high-end hotels settled island wide. Finally, holidays is Sicily turn to wonderful life experiences in all seasons and tourists return always to home satisfied by the perfect time off spent on the largest island of Mediterranean Sea.
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