e all know that the world's weather is changing and the averages don't seem to be as relevant as they once were.
What you would really like to know is what the weather will be like on your cycle tour? Or if you have a choice, when is the best time to take a cycle trip in central Italy? When is it not too hot, too cold and to enjoy the Tuscan sunshine under clear azure blue skies! Heaven forbid that it might rain!
We have, of course, included the averages for your reference in the tables below.
My Favourite Weather for a Cycle Tour
From April onwards all the way through to October, Tuscany and Umbria is great cycling weather.
As the average relative humidity in the region is a comfortable 70.3%. This just simply means that it is more comfortable for you! For me, hands down, my first choice is to ride between mid-May and mid-June.
I have enjoyed some of my best cycling adventures at this time.
The colours of the Italian countryside, the longer sunny days and of course, the wonderfully warm temperatures, come together to provide the perfect ambience for a soft cycling adventure in Tuscany and Umbria.
While I prefer May/June which are also popular with many people, September appears to be the first choice for the majority.
The Weather Influence
Tuscany and Umbria are subject to the weather systems of the Mediterranean.
But don’t get caught out! Visitors can be surprised by how cool it can be in the evenings even at the height of summer.
Many Italian towns are built upon hilltops and the altitude can make a stark difference to the evening air!
5 TOP TIPS for CYCLING WEATHER in TUSCANY & UMBRIA
TOP TIP #1
Throughout the year, weather conditions can change dramatically and with great speed. This can result in varying road conditions. Be especially aware of damp and slippery roads in shady areas, leaves, patches of gravel washed onto the roads by storms etc.
TOP TIP #2
Many of Tuscany’s and Umbria’s towns are located high on hills and in mountainous areas. Temperature variation between valley and hilltop can be significant. Always make sure that you have something that you can easily slip on to keep warm.
TOP TIP #3
Early mornings can be surprisingly chilly and the beautiful valley mists of May and late September can carry a lot of moisture. Do make sure that you have a lightweight windproof jacket to keep out that cooling breeze and maybe even a pair of gloves.
TOP TIP #4
Don’t worry too much about wet weather gear. At Inspired ITALY we provide all guests with a full bike weather cape to keep you as dry as possible should you get caught in a shower and in the middle of nowhere!
TOP TIP #5
Take a large brimmed hat! Trying to find something that will fit under your helmet is advisable, although the helmets that we provide do have a peak, the back of your neck is still exposed.
TOP TIP #6
Temperatures in Europe are measured in Centigrade. Here is a quick reference guide ...
10°C = 50°F
20°C = 68°F
30°C = 86°F
40°C = 104°F
Tuscany & Umbria WEATHER AVERAGES
- May, June and September is the period when the weather is at its best in Tuscany and Umbria. You will experience pleasant average temperatures within a range of 20°C (68°F) and 25°C (77°F).
- Note, these are ‘averages’ and in reality peak temperatures can be much higher and riding your bike in direct sunlight will feel very hot.
- The warmest month is July with an average maximum temperature of 29°C (84°F) and the coldest month is January with an average maximum temperature of 8°C (32°F).
- November is the wettest month. This month should be avoided if you are not a big fan of rain.
- The months April, May, June, October, November and December have a chance of precipitation
- July is the driest month.