North Cyprus enjoys some of the warmest weather in the Mediterranean, and between 300 – 340 days of sunshine per year, due to its position further south than the other Mediterranean countries.  This makes North Cyprus popular for visitors all the year-round.

Seasons in North Cyprus

There are four distinct seasons in North Cyprus. The North Cyprus high season is from May until October, during which the weather favours outside swimming, with the warmest peak summer season being July and August.  However, many people also love the luscious green and less busy springtime of March and April and the later balmy autumn in November and early December (both with average temperatures over 20 degrees).  As the sea around North Cyprus warms up during the summer, the sea temperature stays warm until October (average 25 degrees) and November (averahttps://northcyprusinternational.com/north-cyprus-2/ge 22 degrees), making sea swimming in North Cyprus often warmer than the pool in the late autumn.   The (much needed) rains stop around the end of April and recommence at the end of October, meaning that North Cyprus is beautifully green from November to May – a sight often never seen by the high season tourists.  The winter is from mid-December until early March.

Esentepe Beach - North Cyprus 2
Esentepe Beach

North Cyprus Coastal Climate

The coastal climate of North Cyprus is the main reason that tourists and property owners are attracted to it, for different reasons, from both western Europe and the Middle East.  The North Cyprus coastal temperatures are usually around 10 degrees hotter than in countries such as the UK (where visitors seek the sun) and approximately 10 degrees cooler than the baking heat of the Gulf and the Middle East (where visitors wish to escape it!)    Air conditioning is usually required in both homes and cars from June – September, although homes close to the sea benefit from lovely sea breezes and cooler temperatures than inland.  All year residents need heating in their homes in the winter months – with wood burners and electric heating is widely used in January and February.

North Cyprus has a mountain range (Besparmak)– the highest peak being 1024m (3360 feet), and visitors who cross the border to the Troodos mountains in the south of Cyprus can enjoy winter sports/skiing with deep snow usual in February and March at a height of 1952m (6404 feet).  The temperatures at the high altitudes are lower with Troodos temperatures falling to well below zero at night during January and February and a maximum of 5-6C in the daytime.  Very occasionally there has also been snow in North Cyprus in the winter months.

Karpaz Gate Marina View - North Cyprus
Karpaz Gate Marina

North Cyprus Weather by month – and what to wear in North Cyprus

North Cyprus average rainfall, day/night temperatures and sea temperatures by month.  Please note, these are average figures.  A day which includes rain does not usually have rain all day and the sun shines on most days, even after the rain.

North Cyprus in January – and what to wear

January in North Cyprus reaches on average a high of 16C and a low of 5C.  There are on average 11 days of rain in January and 15 sunny days.  The average sea temperature is 16C.   You should bring light winter clothes with short sleeves for the sunny days and a warm coat for the evenings.

North Cyprus in February – and what to wear

February in North Cyprus reaches on average a high of 17C and a low of 5C.  There are on average 10 days of rain in February with average 15 sunny days.  The average sea temperature is 17C.  You should bring light winter clothes with short sleeves for the sunny days and a warm coat for the evenings.

North Cyprus in March – and what to wear

March in North Cyprus reaches on average a high of 21C and a low of 7C.  There are on average 7 days of rain in March with an average of 22 sunny days.  The average sea temperature is 19C.  You will need summer clothes for the day and light winter clothes for the night. You should also have a sweater and warmer clothes for the evening or in case the weather turns a bit cooler than normal.

North Cyprus in April – and what to wear

April in North Cyprus reaches on average a high of 26C and a low of 11C.  There are on average 4 days of rain in April and most days will be sunny.  The average sea temperature is 19C.  You will mostly wear summer clothes. You should also have warmer clothes for the evening or in case the weather turns a bit cooler than normal.

North Cyprus in May – and what to wear

May in North Cyprus reaches on average a high of 30C and a low of 15C.  There are on average 2 days of rain in May and most days are sunny.  The average sea temperature is 21C.  You will mostly wear summer clothes. You should also have warmer clothes for the evening or in case the weather turns a bit cooler than normal.

North Cyprus in June – and what to wear

June in North Cyprus reaches on average a high of 34C and a low of 19C.  There is usually no rain in June and every day is usually sunny.   The average sea temperature is 24C.  You will only need summer clothes.

North Cyprus in July – and what to wear

July in North Cyprus reaches on average a high of 37C and a low of 22C.  There is usually no rain in July and every day is very hot and sunny.   The average sea temperature is 24C.  You will need the lightest possible summer clothes.

North Cyprus in August – and what to wear

August in North Cyprus reaches on average a high of 37C and a low of 22C.  There is usually no rain in August and every day is very hot and sunny.  The average sea temperature is 26C.   You will need the lightest possible summer clothes.

North Cyprus in September – and what to wear

September in North Cyprus reaches on average a high of 34C and a low of 19C.  There is usually no rain in September and every day will be sunny.   The average sea temperature is 27C.   You will only need summer clothes.

North Cyprus in October – and what to wear

October in North Cyprus reaches on average a high of 28C and a low of 15C.  There is usually an average of 2 days of rain in October with an average of 26 sunny days.    The average sea temperature is 25C.  You will mostly wear summer clothes. You should also have warmer clothes for the evening or in case the weather turns a bit cooler than normal.

North Cyprus weather in November – and what to wear

November in North Cyprus reaches on average a high of 23C and a low of 10C.  There is usually an average of 5 days of rain in November with on average 23 sunny days.   The average sea temperature is 22C.  You will mostly wear summer clothes but bring long sleeves too. You should also have warmer clothes for the evening or in case the weather turns a bit cooler than normal.

North Cyprus weather in December – and what to wear

December in North Cyprus reaches on average a high of 18C and a low of 7C.  There is usually an average of 12 days of rain in December and an average of 16 sunny days.   The average sea temperature is 17C.  Recommended clothes are winter clothes, warm jackets but not heavy coats. December is the wettest month in Cyprus so remember to take an umbrella with you whenever you go out.  You will mostly use your summer clothes during the day but bring long sleeves too. You should also have warmer clothes for the evening or in case the weather turns a bit cooler than normal.

Yesilirmak Cove - North Cyprus Pictures

Which month is best for North Cyprus Property Viewing Trips?

North Cyprus International (NCI) can organise a property viewing trip in every month of the year – to include courtesy airport transfers and accommodation booking service.  The off-peak season is cooler and less crowded, which can make it easier for viewing a property – and off-peak discounts can occasionally be had, although you will not see the property in the best weather.  Spring and Autumn are ideal months for viewing a property.  Summer is fine for viewing in the early morning and later in the afternoon, but we do not recommend combining a family summer holiday with a property viewing trip as the temperatures are too high for children to be outside viewing a property.  Contact our UK and Cyprus Staff on +44 207 112 8086 or +90 548 861 0600 for full details of our viewing trips.