Overview of Italy Weather

Italy, a country in southern Europe, has a temperate, Mediterranean climate. The climate in Italy is mostly continental in the north and Mediterranean along the coasts. The winters are cold in the north with lots of snow. The summers are hot and dry. Spring and autumn are mild.

Precipitation is moderate, averaging about 945 mm (37 in) per year, but is somewhat heavier in the mountains. The south generally receives less rain than the north.

Most of the country experiences a hot, dry summer with temperatures reaching as high as 40°C (104°F). The average summer temperature is around 25°C (77°F).

Winter temperatures can drop as low as -10°C (14°F). The average winter temperature is around 5°C (41°F).

The best time to visit Italy is in the spring or autumn when the weather is milder.