The Puglia climate is typically Mediterranean. We have short mild winters and hot dry summers. Puglia is one of the driest and hottest areas in Italy. Even in January temperatures average around 8 degrees C. In recent years January temperatures have been higher then the average. Often in double digits! That’s not say that we never get cold days, sometimes a short sharp cold snap usually caused by easterly winds blowing in cold fronts from Eastern Europe. Generally a few days later they are gone and spring is on it’s way.
Southern Puglia has a mean temperature higher than 18 °C from May to October. This region receives about 700 mm of rainfall per year. On average 63 rainy days mainly during November and March. July and August are the hottest months when temperatures typically rise to around 30°C, sometimes reaching 40°C and higher. If you are on either the Adriatic or the Ionian coast there are often sea breezes that help to make the really high temperatures easier to deal with. The further down the peninsula you go the narrower it is, if the east coast is particularly windy or has bad weather head for the west coast, and vice versa. It’s worth checking the forecast before you decide were to head for.
The Puglia Climate – when should you go?
June, July and August for sun-worshippers
If you love the sun and the heat then plan your trip from mid-June to the end of August. These are the best months for soaking up the sun, swimming in the pool or sea, and generally relaxing. If you are going to head for a city in these months consider Brindisi, Monopoli, Otranto and Gallipoli, all located on the Southern Puglia coastlines. Early June and September are warm and sunny. Perfect for beach days and pool activities, not too hot for exploring the Salento and Puglia. The beautiful weather generally continues through till the end of October with sea temperatures still inviting. We have regular visitors to Puglia in the last week of October, and with them have great times exploring Puglia and the Salento.
Exploring and Sight-Seeing
Are you are planning a holiday to include exploring the inland historic centres of Lecce, Ostuni or other cities? If so we recommend you plan your visit for April, May or September/October. Walking around the cities will be comfortable in the mornings, while the afternoons are still warm enough to relax by the pool or on the beach.