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Sicily has the highest average hours of sunshine in Europe: 2000 hours per year. The Sicilian climate is typical of the Mediterranean. Winter is mild, fall and spring are pleasantly warm and summer is hot. The temperature tends to be higher especially close to the coastline. Rainfall is minimal from April to September. From May to September, the average temperature is around 70F. Rarely, does the temperature go below 50F. July and August are the hottest months with temperature reaching up up to 104F. It is particularly warm when the wind Scirocco from Africa blows toward the island. Inland, the mountains have a typically cooler climate than the coasts and can be covered with snow during the winter.