Climate: the two seasons of the island
There is a mythological explanation for the Sicilian climate. A spring day, Plutone – god of the underground world – sprang in Sicily out of the lake of Pergusa and was enraptured by the sight he had in front of his eyes: the young Proserpina together with her nymphs companions was gathering multicolored and smelling flowers in the meads.
As soon as Plutone saw her, he fell in love and carried her off. For three days and three nights her mother Cerere searched for Proserpina all through the earth lightening her way through the night with a pine she had uprooted and lit up in the fire of the Aetna’s crater. The research was nonetheless useless and Cecere got angry with the human beings: drought, famine and plague fell on mankind. Then the human beings asked Giove for his intervention, begging him to find a solution. Giove solved the problem deciding that Proserpina should spend eight months living on earth together with her mother and the remaining four months underground with her husband Plutone.
This way, implicitly, Giove decided that Sicily had only two seasons… so giving great benefit to the future world wide generations of tourists who in the Sicilian region can enjoy one the most temperate climates all over the planet.
Mythology apart…the climate of the eastern and northern coast and of the minor islands too is mild in winter time and hot during the summer months with an 18 degrees annual average. The southern coast and its immediate hinterland are much more influenced by the warm African winds causing a sometimes torrid summer climate.
The internal mountainous areas have a more rigorous climate characterized by remarkable thermic excursions and by frequent precipitations – even snowy – during the winter months. So dear travelers…now it is time to plunge into this welcoming, hearty, exciting melting-pot and abandon yourselves to the eternal charm of this polyhedral, many-sided and kaleidoscopic, but yet unique all over the world island.