Weather in Italy

Expats moving to Italy may expect the climate to be just as attractive as the rich local culture, but in reality, weather in Italy is highly variable and subject to inconsistency.

weather in italyThe nation can be divided into three regions: the Alps, the Po Valley and the south and nearby islands.

Typical of a mountain region, the villages and cities in the Alps often witness long, cold winters with heavy snowfall. The central Po Valley, on the other hand, is characterised by extremes - severe winters and hot and humid summers. The south of Italy boasts a moderate Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild winters.

The north of the country receives the most precipitation, and the south remains relatively dry.

Spring and autumn are generally short and sweet, and these brief seasons bring by far the best weather in Italy.

Expats who've set their sights on Italy's coastline will be happy to know that the water remains warm enough to swim in between May and October, though there can be the occasional ice-cold current.

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