The weather in Tuscany seems to be very local. It can hail for
half an hour in one village while the neighbouring village, 5 km away, remains
sunny. This limits the value of the forecasts but basically a prediction of
rain during the late Spring, Summer and Autumn months usually means short and
sometimes heavy showers. For tourists, having an umbrella on hand is usually
all that's required. If you're sightseeing in Florence when a downpour starts,
there will surely be a church or other interesting structure open to the
public and nearby where you can profitably shelter. Winter can be very cold,
even, in fact especially, under clear skies. Snow doesn't necessarily bring
intense cold but does cause problems with regard to driving in what is a very
hilly Region. In many areas where the roads are either steep or at a higher
altitude, snow chains are mandatory during the winter months - meaning they
have to be carried in the car and quite often have to be used.
other aspect of the weather that affects tourists is heat. It's important not
to exaggerate this aspect. For example, air
conditioning in Tuscany is rare outside of the big hotels in the
cities basically because it isn't necessary except maybe for 4-5 days a year.
If your vacation is planned for July and August and you're sensitive to heat,
try to stay outside the cities at a higher altitude. Many country vacation
rentals provide access to a swimming pool. After a hard day of sightseeing,
getting home to the pool in late afternoon really makes a difference.
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