General Conditions
The climate is Mediterranean, with hot dry summers and mild wet winters. Distance from the sea and the height of the larger mountains are the causes of sharp differences in climate: on the coastal belt, the average annual temperature is around 19 °C, which drops to 13 °C inland. The precipitations are confined mainly to the winter months. Rainfall is low particularly on the low-lying ground round Catania and Gela.
Prevailing north-westerly winds.
June - August the velocity is 20-25 knots and usually not more.

Historical Weather (Averages by month):


Month

°F Max

°F Min

°C Max

°C Min

Ave Precip (in)

Ave Precip (mm)

Ave Water Temp (°F)

Ave Water Temp (°C)

Ave Wind Speed

January

54

39

13

4

4.1

103

59

15

8

February

55

41

13

5

3.3

85

57

14

10

March

59

43

15

6

3.0

76

57

14

8

April

64

46

18

8

2.8

71

59

15

8

May

73

54

23

12

1.9

47

64

18

8

June

79

59

26

15

1.2

31

72

22

8

July

84

64

29

18

0.9

22

77

25

8

August

86

64

30

18

1.5

38

81

27

8

September

79

61

26

16

2.9

74

77

25

8

October

72

54

22

12

4.6

118

72

22

8

November

63

46

17

8

5.8

147

66

19

5

December

57

41

14

5

4.4

112

61

16

8

Tides
Tidal range inside harbour is less than 1 ft (0.3 m).

Weather Forecast
When you arrive at the Base, we will provide you with a weather forecast for the next 24 hours. On your radio, you can also listen to the weather forecast 24 hours a day on Channels 68 and 21 in both English and Italian. Harbour offices also receive a weather forecast regularly.

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