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Paphos Weather

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Great, marvellous, idyllic, and other such hyperbolic words are not hyperbolic in the case of Paphos. The whole Mediterranean basin lays some claim to near perfect weather, but then again, some places are better than others.Paphos, on the Isle of Cyprus is situated in a subtropical climatic region in the Mediterranean Sea. It is subject to very mild winters along the coast and warm to hot summers. As a special added attraction you can get snow, but only in the Troodos Mountain area in the central part of the Island. No blizzards are known to have been recorded there. Rain occurs mainly in the winter and is generally at night. The summers are long and dry, the perfect place for the modern day Aphrodite to emerge from the sea.

Paphos, and the Isle of Cyprus in general, enjoys the warmest climate and, in particular, the warmest winters in the Mediterranean part of the E.U. The average annual temperature on the coast is around 24 °C (75 °F) during the day and 14 °C (57 °F) at night. This range tends to be a very pleasant temperature range for most travellers. In the July and August) period, it is usually hot, with an average coastal temperature in the area of 33 °C (91 °F) during the day and around 23 °C (73 °F) at night. In the central of the island region, the highlands, the average temperature can exceed 35 °C (95 °F). In the earlier and later periods of the summer, June and September, you can expect on the coast an average temperature around 30 °C (86 °F) during the day and around 20 °C (68 °F) at night.

While large temperature fluctuations are rare on the coast, the centre of Cyprus has more variations – typically colder winters and hotter summers. These are the norms through the eight month summer and holiday seasons. There are ranges and exceptions, of course, but that is the pleasant welcome you can expect on your sun and journey into history trek to the intriguing city of Paphos and its environment.

Much of the reason that Paphos and the whole of Cyprus has such pleasant weather is that it receives an average of 3,300 to 3,500 hours per year. Even in winter, Cyprus receives an average of 5-6 hours of sunlight per day, which is, of course, about half of the 12-13 hours experienced at the height of summer. To put it in perspective, this is about double that of cities in the northern half of Europe; for comparison, The City of London has an average of 1,461 hoursof sunlight in the same period. For those suffering through the throes of a European winter, you will find that Paphos can serve more than four times more sunshine; for comparison, London averages 37 hours, hardly conducive to a sun tan, while coastal locations in Cyprus, such as Paphos, have close to 180 hours of sunshine in December, equal to the whole month of May in London.

The Isle of Cyprus benefits from the Mediterranean climate, warm and rather dry, with rainfall mainly between November and March, which favours agricultural activities. In general, the island experiences mild wet winters and dry hot summers. Any variations in temperature and rainfall are governed by altitude and, to an extent, the distance from the coast. Hot, dry summers from mid-May to mid-September and rainy, rather changeable winters from November to mid-March are separated by short autumn and spring seasons. In the summer season, the island is mainly under the influence of a shallow trough of low pressure extending from the great continental depression centred over the western Asia area. It is a season of high temperatures with almost cloudless skies.

In winter, Cyprus benefits from being close to the regular track of frequent small depressions which cross the Mediterranean basin area. They travel from west to east between the continental anticyclone of Europe/Asia and the generally low pressure belt of the African continent. The weather depressions tend to give periods of disturbed weather usually lasting for a day or so and produce most of the annual precipitation. From the December to February period, Cyprus receives about 60% of its average annual total of precipitation for the island. Little summer rainfall helps the whole experience for most people. It makes it easier to pick a day and go, with the fair assumption that the weather will cooperate Nicely compartmentalized weather is another plus for the area.

A pleasant and reviving experience awaits you in Paphos on a year round basis, which the winter temps being as pleasant as many summer days in the more northern reaches of Europe. The area has become a tourists Mecca since 1974 and the history undoubtedly plays a huge part in it, but history is a one-time visit, near perfect weather requires an encore.


Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.