The climate in Cyprus is perfect for sun-worshippers and those looking to live out their twilight years in warm weather.

The island enjoys typically Mediterranean weather patterns complemented by consistently sunny days. In fact, on average, the sun smiles down on Cyprus for around 320 days a year.

From mid-May to mid-October it's summer in Cyprus. The climate is hot and dry, and only occasionally punctuated by sporadic showers. Cloudless skies are the order of the day and, in Nicosia, the average maximum temperature throughout July and August can easily reach 95°F (35°C) and higher. Expats should take care to stay hydrated and limit their exposure to direct sunlight in the day's hottest hours.

December to February is winter in Cyprus, when it receives most of its annual rainfall. Though Nicosia's average minimum 41°F (5°C) and maximum 61°F (16°C) temperatures are considerably lower than their summer counterparts, this brief bout of relatively chilly weather doesn't last long.

Many expats find that the period between September and October is their favourite time of year; a second spring of sorts, marked by pleasant temperatures and little rainfall.