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TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Published on 05/27/21 Share Pin Email Christophe Boisvieux / Getty Images In This Article Fast Climate Facts Spring Summer Fall Winter Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall, and Daylight Hours Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean and one of Italy's 20 provinces, has a varied geography ranging from arid and dry coastal areas to a rich and fertile interior. It has a Mediterranean climate, meaning winters are mild and often wet, and summers are hot and dry. Inland areas of Sicily experience weather and temperatures that are more typically four-season, with colder winters and more noticeable transition periods of spring and fall. At nearly 11,000 feet above sea level, Mount Etna sees snow cover most winters. Summer, especially July and August, are peak season in Sicily, when Italians and foreign tourists alike flock to its famous beaches and pack its cities for cultural festivals, food fairs and concerts. Prices for hotels, flights and ferries will be at their highest then, and also spike at Christmas and Easter. Fast Climate Facts Temperature and rainfall averages vary based on altitude and distance from the sea. Hottest Month: August (79 F / 27 C)Coldest Months: January and February (51 F / 11 C)Wettest Month: December and January (4 inches / 102 mm)Best Months for Swimming: July, August, and early September Spring in Sicily Springtime in Sicily is a season of full transition, with temperatures starting in the low 60s F in March and rising to the mid-70s by May. By April, wildflowers, citrus trees, almond trees, and cherry blossoms are in full bloom, and their smells permeate the air. Rainfall is moderate, between 1 to 3 inches, but even by May, sea waters are still too chilly for all but the bravest swimmers. This mild season is a great time for touring Sicily's many archaeological sites, which can be downright sweltering under the summer sun. What to pack: Pack lightweight pants and both long- and short-sleeved shirts. Nights will still be cool in the spring, so pack a lightweight jacket and a sweater or two. Since a springtime vacation will probably involve a lot of walking around cities and outdoor sites, we suggest you pack a pair of sturdy, closed toe shoes. Average Temperatures and Rainfall by Month: March: 62 F / 49 F (16 C / 10 C); 2 inchesApril: 68 F / 46 F (20 C / 14 C); 1.5 inchesMay: 74 F / 60 F (23 C / 15 C); 1 inch Summer in Sicily Summers in Sicily are hot and dry, and water shortages are not uncommon in the western coastal areas. Temperatures are typically in the high 80s but can exceed 100 F (38 C) if there's a heatwave. Inland, upland areas are typically cooler, especially at night. On Sicily's drier, hotter west coast, summer strong Scirocco winds sometimes blow in from North Africa and can quickly ruin a day at the beach. The northern and eastern coasts of the island see less wind but are still hot and dry in the summer What to pack: Pack lightweight, breathable clothes that can be easily hand-washed in a hotel sink. Consider performance gear with wicking fabric, so that you'll stay cooler in hot, crowded cities and while touring outdoor sites. Shorts and sleeveless shirts are fine during the day, but if you plan to go into churches, you'll need to have knees and shoulders covered. For the evenings, pack clothes that are just a little more dressy, like sundresses, collared shirts, and lightweight slacks. Don't forget your hat, sunglasses, and swimsuit. Average Temperatures and Rainfall by Month: June: 84 F / 61 F (30 C / 16 C); 1 inchJuly: 90 F / 64 F (32 C / 18 C); 0.5 inchesAugust: 90 F / 76 F (32 C / 19 C); 0.5 inches Fall in Sicily Typical of a Mediterranean climate, fall in Sicily starts out slightly cooler than the summer and gets increasingly cool and rainier as the months go by. Swimming in the sea is possible until mid-September and beaches will be a lot less crowded. September and October are great months to visit Sicily, especially if your itinerary involves sightseeing rather than beachgoing. November is cool and rainy and days are shorter but it's also one of the least crowded months for a visit. What to pack: In September you can pretty much pack as you would for summer, with the addition of a lightweight jacket or a light sweater for evenings. In October and November, think layers and versatility. You may have a day where you can wear short sleeves followed by several days of sweater weather. Be sure to pack an umbrella and a light rain jacket. Average Temperatures and Rainfall by Month: September: 81 F / 69 F (27 C / 21 C); 1.5 inchesOctober: 74 F / 63 F (23 C / 16 C); 3 inchesNovember: 67 F / 57 F (19 C / 14 C); 3.5 inches Winter in Sicily While temperatures in inland, upland Sicily can drop below freezing, especially at night, in coastal cities it's rare to see winter temperatures below the low 50s F. An exception is Mount Etna, which is often covered with snow for much of the winter and draws skiers. Elsewhere in Sicily, expect chilly, damp weather interrupted by the occasional clear, sunny day. If you can put up with the dampness, you'll find you have Sicily's museums and archaeological sites to yourself, and you'll be around locals, rather than tourists, in the cities. What to pack: Pack layers, which you can pile on or peel off as the weather dictates. Temperatures are mostly in the high 50s F by day but will dip down at night and damp weather can make it feel much cooler. Bring jeans or slacks, long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, and a mid-weight jacket. Oh, and don't forget your umbrella! Average Temperatures and Rainfall by Month: December: 60 F / 50 F (16 C / 10 C); 4 inchesJanuary: 58 F / 48 F (15 C / 9 C); 4 inchesFebruary: 58 F / 47 F (14 C / 8 C); 3 inches Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall, and Daylight Hours Avg. Temp Rainfall Daylight Hours January 53 F / 12 C 4 inches 5 hours February 53 F / 12 C 3 inches 5 hours March 56 F / 13 C 2 inches 6 hours April 57 F / 14 C 1.5 inches 8 hours May 67 F / 19 C 1 inch 9 hours June 73 F / 23 C 1 inch 10 hours July 77 F / 25 C 0.5 inches 11 hours August 83 F / 28 C 0.5 inches 10 hours September 75 F / 24 C 1.5 inches 8 hours October 69 F / 21 C 3 inches 7 hours November 62 F / 17 C 3.5 inches 5 hours December 55 F / 13 C 4 inches 4 hours Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! 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