The southern part of Sardinia is only 250 km from the north of Africa, meaning that the climate is very hot and dry during summer and cold and rainy during the winter but the island doesn’t usually reach any freezing conditions. Sardinia is known for its long hours of sunshine throughout the year and it’s common to see holiday goers still soaking up the sun on the beaches and swimming during the late autumn months.
All of this being said there can be days that feel brutally cold often when the wind is high and the temperature has plummeted. I remember harvesting the last of the Olives at the end of December in 2018 and the weather was horrible, it was raining heavily and the wind was present. I remember trying to pick olives with frozen hands. When I think of Sardinia I think of the heat and the sun but from this experience I know that’s not always the case.
The winter months
December is when the temperature drops and signals the beginning of the winter season. The coastal parts of the island feel mild with average temperatures of 15C, as the days get shorter and the rain begins to arrive. January brings the coldest temperatures and the chance of reaching freezing in the mountainous regions, often with snowfall. The weather is unpleasant and not recommended for anyone to visit the island thinking that it would be a getaway from the harsh conditions across northern Europe. It is still wintertime in Sardinia in February, the temperature will start to rise gradually as the amount of rain increases, making it the wettest month. The colder winter months in Sardinia are a great time to discover the authentic side to Sardinia when the crowds and beachgoers have left.
The Rainy Season
October to the end of April is known as the rainy season in Sardinia, although it doesn’t rain that much. The people of Sardinia will keep the raincoats and umbrellas out until May in case of any unpredictability in the weather. Often it can go weeks without a drop of rain then it might come down in one evening. The unpredictable rain can often damage the local vineyards if the downpour is too much. It rains more in the central mountainous regions and in the north east of Sardinia. The coasts are less affected especially the area around the city of Calgliari, which is the city with the most sunshine in the whole of Italy. From April to September there will not be much rain at all and the landscape will start to become drier.
Read our recent article about the sea temperature in Sardinia