What is the weather like on the island of Cyprus?
The first thing to keep in mind is the geography of the island, its location and its size.
The size is rather modest. It’s only 100 kilometers wide and 240 kilometers long. A total of 9,250 square kilometers.
Well, to make a comparison, that’s just 1/1000th of Canada.
In addition, there is a mountain range in the centre of the island, closer to Paphos.
It is this particular ridge that creates bizarre temperatures and unpredictable weather patterns.
There are some regions of the island with milder climates and others with harsher ones.
What is on one side of the island has nothing in common with what is happening on the other.
Furthermore, the weather at the sea and on land is very different, too.
There may be strong waves at the sea but the wind is moderate, which on the mainland gives you no reason to think that the weather at the sea is bad.
Thus, when we cancel a boat trip from Latchi harbour while the weather in Paphos, for example, is perfect, it is not a whim of ours but a dictate of nature.
It’s easy to see that by looking at the sea weather forecast, for example here: https://marine.meteoconsult.co.uk/marine-weather/weather-forecasts/port-4445/weather-forecast-latsi-today
You also have to keep in mind that the captain of the ship takes full responsibility for the sailing with passengers on board.
Besides, there is Marine Police, which regulates coastal navigation.
Last but not least, one has to take into account the dynamic nature of the weather.
There is always a very rapid change on islands, similar to gusts of wind. It is completely calm for one minute and then after a few minutes, the sea gets rough.
Of course, we try to keep track of the weather forecast but it is only accurate for 12 hours, which is obviously very little. However, the good thing is that such weather changes are not typical for the whole summer but only for certain periods.
When it comes to the weather on land, there are a few spots in the Paphos area that differ in their microclimate.
Take Tala, for example. It is always cold and humid here.
Another one is Emba. It’s not as hot as the coast and not as humid.
All the coastal villages can be described as hot and humid.
Nicosia, of course, boasts the highest temperatures. However, it is a lot drier there.
Overall, that is our little but extremely rebellious island.