What Is Italy's Climate?


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The climate of Italy ranges from cold winters and hot summers in the north, to mild winters and long, hot summers in the south. Central Italy is milder, with a smaller difference between summer and winter temperatures.

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The harsh winters in the area around the northern Alps are followed by hot, especially humid summers. The temperature of central cities is often dependant on the distance from the sea. The dryer southern and island regions have spring and fall temps that rival those of the summer months in other parts of Italy. The coldest and warmest months in Milan (north) are January and July, with average highs of 41 and 84 degrees, while the coldest and warmest months in Rome and Palermo (central and south) are January and August, with average highs of 53 and 86 and 57 and 86, respectively.

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