Climate zone: The northern part of Italy is located in the temperate climatic zone, while the southern part is subtropical.
A beach holiday can be enjoyed in the warmer season with water temperatures up to 25 degrees. Due to the warmer temperatures the best time for traveling is from June to August. Nearly unattractive for tourists are the cold months from November to March. Days with heavy rain and large amounts of precipitation are from May to July.
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hours of sunshine per day rainy days per month Precipitation in mm/day Relative humidity in % Water temperature Absolute humidity in g/m³ (approx.)
Temperature records of the last 71 years
The hottest temperature measured from 1949 to October 2020 was reported by the Palermo Bocadifalco Sicilia weather station. In August 1999 the record temperature of 45.2 °C was reported here. The hottest summer from July to September, based on all 50 weather stations in Italy below 1460 metres altitude, was recorded in 2003 with an average temperature of 24.5 °C. This average temperature will normally be measured every 4 to 6 hours, thus also including the nights. Normally, this value is 23.2 degrees Celsius. The average maximum daily temperature at that time was 29.8 °C.
The coldest day in these 71 years was reported by the weather station Dobbiaco. Here the temperature dropped to -23.0 °C in March 2005. Dobbiaco lies at an altitude of 1226 meters above sea level. The coldest winter (January to March) was in 1956 with an average temperature of 6.2 °C. In Italy, it is usual to have about 2.2 degrees more at 8.4 °C for this three-month period.
Long-term development of temperatures from 1990 - 2019
In contrast to single record values, a long-term development cannot simply be brought about by all weather stations in the country. Both the number and the locations are constantly changing. A simply calculated average value would give a falsified result. If several measuring stations in particularly cold mountain or coastal regions are added in one year, the average would already decrease as a result of this alone. If a station fails during the summer or winter months, it does not provide any values and falsifies the average again. The subsequent long-term development was therefore reduced to only 3 measuring points in order to have actually comparable data over as long a period as possible.
In the years 1990 to 2019 there were only these 3 weather stations in the whole country, which reported continuous temperature values (Triest, Messina, Trapani Birgi). From these weather reports we have created a long-term development that shows the monthly average temperatures. The hottest month in this entire period was 2003 with 28.0 °C. 2003 was the coldest month with an average temperature of 7.1 °C.
The average annual temperature was about 17.3 °C in the years after 1990 and about 17.7 °C in the last years before 2019. So over the past 30 years it has only increased by a minimal 0.4 °C. This trend only applies to the selected 3 weather stations in Italy. A considerably more comprehensive evaluation of the global warming
has been provided separately.
More detailed information on global warming with a view by continent can also be found on our topic page on climate change
. Data basis: German Weather Service, individual values averaged and supplemented by own elements.