Winter in Cyprus can be surprisingly chilly, even though visitors often exclaim at how warm it is compared to their home countries. However, many Cypriot houses are not built to cope with cold temperatures. With high ceilings and tiled floors, sometimes single glazing, and frequently no central heating, residents rely on portable heaters or some kind of central fireplace which takes the chill off, if no more. For much of winter the sun shines, but there are often some very cold spells during this season.
December is a variable month, often sunny during the daytime with temperatures of 10-15C or more. But at times it can be distinctly colder and the nights can occasionally get as low as 3-5C. There may be several days of rain during December, and in the mountains of Troodos there is often some snow, although not enough to guarantee ski-ing.
January is usually the coldest month, with temperatures sometimes dropping down to 3-5C overnight at sea level, and a chilly 10-12C during the daytime. Occasionally there is even a mild frost inland. People in older houses can find it difficult to stay warm enough during January, even if there is sunshine during the day making the outside warmer than inside. In the mountains it is usually much colder, with a fair amount of snow.
Spring is usually on its way by about mid-February, heralded by the almond blossom which lasts only a few days. Temperatures are generally around 15-20C during the daytime, although there may be colder spells and some rain. The island usually looks very green by this time of year, after the winter rains. Wild flowers begin to bloom in wasteland and on the hills, although there is usually some snow still in the highest parts of the Troodos mountains.
Cyprus weather forecasts
For a reasonably accurate ten-day forecast, the UK Weather site seems to be the best we have found. Choose from: Larnaca weather, Nicosia weather, Paphos weather, Limassol weather or (rather colder, usually) Troodos weather.