Italy has a variety of climate systems. The inland northern areas of Italy (for example Turin, Milan, and Bologna) have a relatively cool, mid-latitude version of the Humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa), while the coastal areas of Liguria and the peninsula south of Florence generally fit the Mediterranean climate profile (Köppen climate classification Csa).
Between the north and south there can be a considerable difference in temperature, above all during the winter: in some winter days it can be −2 °C (28 °F) and snowing in Milan, while it is 8 °C (46.4 °F) in Rome and 20 °C (68 °F) in Palermo. Temperature differences are less extreme in the summer.
The east coast of the Italian peninsula is not as wet as the west coast, but is usually colder in the winter. The east coast north of Pescara is occasionally affected by the cold bora winds in winter and spring, but the wind is less strong here than around Trieste. During these frosty spells from E–NE cities like Rimini, Ancona, Pescara and the entire eastern hillside of the Apennines can be affected by true "blizzards". The town of Fabriano, located just around 300 m (984 ft) in elevation, can often see 0.5–0.6 m (1 ft 7.7 in–1 ft 11.6 in) of fresh snow fall in 24 hours during these episodes.
It is similar to the usual Mediterranean climate: the summers are dry and the winters wetter, but the temperatures are lower in both seasons – around 3 or 5 °C (37.4 or 41.0 °F) in the winter, and between 17 and 21 °C (62.6 and 69.8 °F) in the summer.
Average Weather In Italy
Italy is not a huge country, certainly nothing compared to the immense extension of the US.
Also for this reason, there are no huge differences in climate like those you may find between, let’s say, Michigan and Florida.
For this reason, you can use the next few hints on weather and climate in Rome as a good meter to assess the way weather works all over Italy: you just need to add 10 to 20 degree F if you head South of the capital, and lower the average of the same amount of degrees if, on the contrary, you decide to head North.
Average Weather in Rome Italy
In Rome, the summers are short, hot, humid, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are long, cold, wet, and partly cloudy.
Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 37°F to 89°F and is rarely below 28°F or above 95°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Rome for hot-weather activities is from late June to late August.
“What’s the weather like?” in Italian
A lot of good conversations and ice breakers begin with this question.
Here are the different ways to say it in Italian.
Com’ è il tempo? What’s the weather?
Che tempo fa oggi? What's the weather like?
Che tempo fa fuori? What's it like outside?
l'acquazzone f shower
la pioggia rain
piovere to rain
il diluvio deluge
la pioggia torrenziale downpour
grandinare to hail
le grandine hailstones
la neve snow
nevicare to snow
la fanghiglia slush
il ghiaccio ice
il nevischio sleet
la folata di vento flurry
la tempesta storm
la tempesta di neve blizzard
il tuono thunder
il fulmine lightning
la nuvola cloud
la nebbiolina mist
la nebbia fog
la foschia haze
la brezza breeze
la siccità drought
la rugiada dew
l'ondata di caldo m heat wave
l'ondata di freddo m cold snap
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