The best times to visit Palermo for ideal weather are

April 30th to June 17th

or

September 17th to October 21st

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 


Palermo Travel Guide

  • Safety
  • The busiest and least popular months
  • Overall travel experience by time of year
  • Weather in Palermo

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in Palermo vary little and are temperate for much of the year. The area is in the top 27 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Palermo, the hottest months are August, July, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid-to late August where highs are regularly around 66.2°F (19°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 54.2°F (12.3°C) at night.

    Palermo Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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    Palermo Temperatures (Celsius)

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    “Feels-Like” Temperatures

    The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

    Palermo Perceived Temperature (F)

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    Palermo Perceived Temperature (C)

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    Average Palermo Temperatures by Month

    Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

    Show Fahrenheit

    Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
    Jan 59.9 54.1 42.4
    Feb 59.1 53.2 42.9
    Mar 61.5 55.3 43.1
    Apr 66.4 60 48.4
    May 73.3 66.1 57.3
    Jun 80.8 73.4 65.3
    Jul 86 78.2 70.8
    Aug 86.9 79.4 71.5
    Sep 80.7 74.2 68
    Oct 74.2 68 61.9
    Nov 67.1 61.4 51.3
    Dec 60.4 55.4 45.9

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 15.5 12.3 5.8
    Feb 15.1 11.8 6.1
    Mar 16.4 12.9 6.2
    Apr 19.1 15.6 9.1
    May 22.9 18.9 14.1
    Jun 27.1 23 18.5
    Jul 30 25.7 21.6
    Aug 30.5 26.3 21.9
    Sep 27.1 23.4 20
    Oct 23.4 20 16.6
    Nov 19.5 16.3 10.7
    Dec 15.8 13 7.7

     

    Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

    If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of precipitation in Palermo are December, February, and then January. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early July. For example, on the week of July 2nd there are only 0 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early-to-mid-March with an average of 3.2 days with significant precipitation the week of March 12th.

    When can you find snow in Palermo? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

    Chance of Precipitation

    The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Palermo.

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    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

    The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Palermo (in).

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    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan 31.4 0 0.19
    Feb 31.4 0 0.22
    Mar 30 0 0.17
    Apr 18.6 0 0.12
    May 11.4 0 0.04
    Jun 5.7 0 0.04
    Jul 1.4 0 0.01
    Aug 1.4 0 0
    Sep 15.7 0 0.19
    Oct 22.9 0 0.3
    Nov 27.1 0 0.18
    Dec 35.7 0 0.27

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 31.4 0 0.48
    Feb 31.4 0 0.56
    Mar 30 0 0.43
    Apr 18.6 0 0.3
    May 11.4 0 0.1
    Jun 5.7 0 0.1
    Jul 1.4 0 0.03
    Aug 1.4 0 0
    Sep 15.7 0 0.48
    Oct 22.9 0 0.76
    Nov 27.1 0 0.46
    Dec 35.7 0 0.69

     

    Humidity and Wind

    Palermo has slightly high to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is July (53.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is March (71.3%).

    Wind in Palermo is usually moderate. The windiest month is December, followed by February and March. December’s average wind speed of around 8.7 knots (10 MPH or 16.1 KPH) is considered “gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early-to-mid-December where average top sustained speeds reach 17.2 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

    The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Palermo.

    Key
    Avg. Relative Humidity

    Wind

    The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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    Max Sustained Wind
    Average Daily Wind

    Average Wind Speeds

    Show Wind Speeds

    All wind speeds are in knots.

    Month Avg. Wind Meaning (Beaufort) Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind Meaning (Beufort)
    Jan 7.7 a gentle breeze 14.1 a moderate breeze
    Feb 8.4 a gentle breeze 15.6 a moderate breeze
    Mar 8.1 a gentle breeze 15.2 a moderate breeze
    Apr 7.1 a gentle breeze 13.7 a moderate breeze
    May 7 a gentle breeze 13.6 a moderate breeze
    Jun 6.5 a light breeze 12.7 a moderate breeze
    Jul 6.5 a light breeze 13.3 a moderate breeze
    Aug 6.3 a light breeze 13.1 a moderate breeze
    Sep 6.7 a light breeze 13.3 a moderate breeze
    Oct 6.3 a light breeze 12.6 a moderate breeze
    Nov 7.9 a gentle breeze 14.1 a moderate breeze
    Dec 8.7 a gentle breeze 15.3 a moderate breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 70.3
    Feb 66.3
    Mar 71.3
    Apr 65.2
    May 60.7
    Jun 55.2
    Jul 53.1
    Aug 53.7
    Sep 59.4
    Oct 69
    Nov 65.9
    Dec 67.4

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to Palermo?

    As of 6/16/2017 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Italy; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories.
     

    The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

    The busiest month for tourism in Palermo, Italy is April, followed by May and February. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Palermo in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

    Estimated Tourism by Month

     

    Most Popular Months to Visit

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    Tourists Seeking Accommodations

    Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 44.4 in November means 44.4% of the tourists vs. April.

    Overall Palermo Travel Experience by Season

    Spring (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 56.4°F (13.6°C) and 44.2°F (6.8°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 9 days of precipitation per month. Spring is busy for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

    Summer (June through August)

    The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 0 to 2 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Palermo, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

    Fall (September through November)

    Fall daily highs range from 62.7°F (17.1°C) and 49.3°F (9.6°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 8 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

    Winter (December through February)

    Weather is too cold this time of year in Palermo to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 46.8°F (8.2°C) and 43.3°F (6.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a good amount: 9 to 11 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.