What to Expect From the Sicilian Climate
There’s a strange phenomenon going on in the Mediterranean right now with the amount of tropical storms forming.
Referred to as “medicanes” or Mediterranean hurricanes, these storms are rare occurrences and only happen at least once a year. One medicane has already caused damage to parts of Greece.
Soon, other countries may be affected as well. As Pacific Standard writer Eric Holthaus reported a few days ago, a medicane may head towards the south of Sicily.
With this threat, visitors should be more cautious when travelling to Sicily.
On normal days, the island has much more tolerable weather conditions with the Telegraph writing that Sicily has a mild climate all-year round. Tourists can enjoy lovely weather in spring and autumn.
While the heat in summer can rise to high degrees, the Mediterranean breeze makes it very bearable. If your accommodation is right by the coast, you can keep your windows open to take advantage of the fresh air. It may even help you sleep after a long day of travelling.
An article by Leesa on various sleeping habits focused on some interesting tidbits about Germans and how they leave blankets hanging from their windows.
This is so that the cloth material can absorb the outdoor freshness, which in turn can help residents sleep better at night.
The Sicilian climate is perfect for this, so if you are having trouble adapting to the climate, hang your bed sheets out during the day so the get a good airing. Sicily may be a part of Italy, but certain aspects of the island are different from the rest of the country.
For instance, Sicily’s weather is slightly different.
It has a much longer warm season than northern and central Italy, which means you can still enjoy a summer vibe in November. Winter is generally mild and temperatures usually fall to around 10 degrees (Celsius).
A large amount of tourists go to Sicily because of its beautiful beaches and scenic views of the turquoise sea. Since there are numerous spots along the coast, travel journalist Liz Boulter recommends a visit to the Spiaggia della Marchesa, which she claims is Sicily’s best beach.
It’s a wide area with clean and clear water, plus pinewoods as a backdrop. June is when beach season begins.
This is the best time to visit Sicily because it is still early in the summer. July and August are the hottest months, and it is during these times where the beaches get overcrowded with locals and tourists alike. Late in August is when the grape harvest begins, so if you are interested in wine, this is the best time to visit.
In winter, travellers can take advantage of the hotel price drops, since the island doesn’t get many visitors during this season. Skiing is a must-try activity, as it offers gorgeous landscape views of Mt. Etna.
January is Sicily’s coldest month. The sea urchin harvest takes place late in the month as well, so you can definitely go on a culinary adventure while you’re there. Sicily’s overall climate is tourist-friendly.
To fully enjoy its beauties without the crowds, travel in April, June, September, and October.