UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
Cyprus has hot, dry, dusty summers and moderately cool, damp winters. Nicosia's maximum mean temperature is about 80°F, while the minimum mean temperature is 50°F. From mid-June to mid-September, the temperature sometimes exceeds 100°F. After sunset, it usually falls to between 60°F and 70°F. The summer heat is tolerable because humidity is usually low and high temperatures are often tempered by westerly winds. Nicosia's summer weather is generally more comfortable than in the seaside towns, where humidity is higher though temperatures are lower. Rain falls almost exclusively from December through March. Winters are usually cool and damp. On the whole, Cyprus has an enjoyable Mediterranean climate.
The official languages are Greek and Turkish. In social exchanges, an informal Cypriot dialect is used.
Greek, Turkish, English
Greek 77%, Turkish 18%, other 5%
Independence Day, 1 October (1960); note - Turkish Cypriots celebrate 15 November (1983) as "Republic Day"
35 00 N, 33 00 E
Middle East, island in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey