The climate on the island is very much influenced by the sea: as you get closer to the coast, it becomes milder and the further you venture inland, the harsher it becomes.
When the air becomes oppressive with the high summer temperatures and humidity, the mistral, so dear to all Sardinians, starts blowing from the northwest, bringing much-needed relief. The climate in Cagliari is typically Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot summers. The temperature rarely drops to zero in the winter, while in the summer it often tops 40°C. The annual average is 17.7°C, the perfect temperature for enjoying an aperitif on the beach or going for a stroll through the centre of Cagliari.