Wind and weather in Italy
You’ll be pleased to know that both the sun and breeze are kind to those that navigate the Italian shores. That said, it’s good to know the characteristics of the Italian weather systems, so you can plan your holiday activities properly. It’s good to know that if the wind is blowing you can go windsurfing, or if the sea’s calm you can get on a paddle board.
Luckily for us, sailors and windsurfers can enjoy Italy’s south coast for 10 months of the year, due to ideal wind conditions. This region enjoys varying wind directions and strengths for each season, offering water sports variety throughout the year.
Where we’re based, in Sibari, our quiet bay generally results in a calm training breeze in the morning, which builds to perfect sailing and windsurfing conditions after lunch. Thanks to the protected nature of our bay, we’re used to calm seas, with very occasional short chop.
The weather in Italy can vary from north to south, especially on the mountain ranges and coastlines. The climate is harsher in the north, with very cold winters and hot, humid summers. In the centre of Italy, you’ll find that the climate is milder with more consistent temperatures, plus the summers are longer here. In the south, where we’re based, there’s a Mediterranean climate which means mild winters and an increase in temperatures during the spring and summer seasons, which lead into autumn.
The average temperatures in Italy also vary depending on where you are; in the north, the temperature can drop to a cool 8°C, with the summer heat reaching to 21°C. Meanwhile, in the south the temperature remains around 11°C in December and January, soaring to over 30°C in August. Therefore, it’s best to plan your watersports holiday for the summer months, although early and late season can provide some fantastic sailing.