The climate of Salento


The Salento enjoys an optimum climate throughout the year thanks to its geographical location. The presence of the sea mitigates the climate in all seasons, and the scarcity of rains ensures beautiful days even in the winter months.

The temperature

The temperature in Salento is Mediterranean, during the winter season during the day never drops below ten degrees, except for special cold raids. The presence of snow is a very rare fact, when snowfall is recorded as exceptional occurrences. During summer, however, the temperature rises and can reach very high values, even over 40 degrees in particular days dominated by currents of African origin. The minimum temperatures are mild throughout the year, lower values ​​are found in the inland. In the central area of ​​Salento, in Galatina, during winter the temperature may drop below zero. The presence of the sea generally makes the Salento climate always humid enough.


The rain in Salento is a very unusual atmospheric event, not even during autumn and winter. Drought is one of the peculiar features of this territory, which sees in some vintages absence of rain for several consecutive months. Looking more in detail, the Salento's eastern area has more rainfall than the western range, albeit always in a fairly limited rainy day. The months of October and November in the fall, and in March and April in the spring, are the ones that should ensure the minimum amount of rainfall to a very thirsty territory. The summer months are characterized by sunny days, which can sometimes be interrupted by short afternoon afternoons. In recent years, however, we are witnessing a change in the Salento climate, with a decrease in rainfall and an increase in drought periods.

The wind

Wind is one of the most important climatic characteristics of Salento. It is a few days of the year when there is no wind to move the air. The predominant wind is the Syrup, which comes from the southeast. The Otranto channel determines the intensity of the currents, since forming a narrowing on the Adriatic, causes the wind intensity to be increasingly sustained. This is especially the case when the wind spins from the northern quadrants, when it literally literally enters the Otranto channel, reaching sustained speeds. So the climate of salty is so affected by the wind. Winds caused by the wind can be violent on the ionic side when the wind blows from the slope or from the west. The Ionian coast, however, is sheltered on days when the source of the wind is Oriental.

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