Like much of central Tuscany, Prato enjoys a mild climate.
In the spring, temperatures usually range between 45 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and the fall is often slightly warmer at 50-70 degrees. Winters are generally cool and rainy, with temperatures ranging between 35 and 50. Summers are usually sunny and hot with most days in the 80s.
Fall, spring and winter tend to get the most rain – and Italy does get a fair amount, which helps keep the country so green! For much of the year, Prato can be quite humid. Snow is not nearly as heavy in Prato as in New England; however, in the winter the temperature will occasionally dip below zero and the city may get a dusting. Likewise, it’s not at all unusual for summer highs to reach 100 degrees.
One thing that can surprise students is that Tuscany has mosquitoes for a good part of the year – from the spring through the fall, and not just in the countryside but in the city as well. Luckily, there are a number of products available to keep the mosquitoes at bay, and they can be bought at housewares shops, herbal shops or larger supermarkets: sprays and plug-in repellents work particularly well.
The bottom line: during your semester, you’re likely to experience warm and cold days, sunny and rainy days, and everything in between. While the climate here is mild, remember that you will often be outside, traveling on foot around town. See our page called What Should I Bring? for more information on the clothing you’ll need.
Data source: Wikipedia
Figures converted to Fahrenheit and inches. Temperatures rounded up or down to single digits, precipitation to one decimal point