Lampedusa, where it's located

In Lampedusa, the southernmost point of Italy, the climate is Mediterranean, with mild, relatively rainy winters and hot, sunny summers. Owing to the latitude, it is even milder than in Sicily: the average temperature ranges from 13.5 °C (56.5 °F) in January and February to 26.5 °C (79.5 °F) in August. However, the wind blows frequently. On the neighboring islands of Linosa and Lampione (which, along with Lampedusa, form the archipelago of the Pelagie Islands), the climate is similar.
Here are the average temperatures.
Lampedusa - Average temperatures
Min (°C)121212141720232423201714
Max (°C)151516182125272927242017
Min (°F)545454576368737573686357
Max (°F)595961647077818481756863

Rainfall in Lampedusa is definitely scarce, and amounts to a meager 325 millimeters (13 inches) per year. The rains reach their peak in autumn, and then decrease rapidly already in the second part of winter; in summer, in practice, it never rains. It's no coincidence that the island's landscape is arid.
Here is the average precipitation.
Lampedusa - Average precipitation

Winter is very mild, in particular, night temperatures remain high, averaging above 10 °C (50 °F). There are many sunny days, but also periods of bad weather, with wind, rain and thunderstorms. Given the low latitude (we are on the 35th parallel), cold spells are very rare and not intense: on colder periods, lows go down to around 5/7 °C (41/45 °F) and highs remain around 10 °C (50 °F). However, the wind can exacerbate the feeling of cold.
In spring, the temperature gradually rises; rainfall becomes less and less frequent, and it is rare already in April. The sun shines more and more unchallenged.
Summer is hot and sunny, a bit sultry but tempered by the breeze. Although the Azores Anticyclone typically dominates, the sirocco from nearby Africa can sometimes blow, which is able to raise the temperature but also to bring the desert sand. However, the highest records are not very high: just 35/36 °C (95/97 °F), which confirms the mildness of the climate due to the influence of the sea.
In autumn, the temperature is initially high, and then gradually decreases. September is almost always a month with summer characteristics, especially in the first half; in the end of the month, the first disturbances usually pass, accompanied by thunderstorms. In October, the temperature is still pleasant.

The amount of sunshine in Lampedusa is great in summer, when clear skies prevail; in winter, there are several sunny periods, but they alternate with periods of bad weather, with rain, wind and thunderstorms.

On the Rabbit Island ("Isola dei conigli"), an islet located near Lampedusa, in front of the Rabbit Beach ("Spiaggia dei conigli"), the turtles Caretta caretta come to nest.

Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa

The sea in Lampedusa is warm enough for swimming from July to September, as generally happens in the Italian southern seas. In June, the sea is still a bit cool, while in October, the water temperature is still decent, about 23 °C (73 °F). Here are the average sea temperatures.
Lampedusa - Sea temperature
Temp (°C)151515151821242625232017
Temp (°F)595959596470757977736863

Best Time

The best time to go to Lampedusa for a beach holiday is the summer, from June to September. The water temperature is comfortable enough from July to September, although in September, which overall is still a good month (especially in the first half), the first disturbances can occur (although more rarely than in peninsular Italy because of the low latitude). In June, as mentioned, the sea is still a bit cool, while it is still cold in May, when the air too, can sometimes be a bit cool for sunbathing (perhaps because of the wind).

April and May are suitable months for hiking, while in summer, it can sometimes be too hot to stroll outdoors (although, as I said, this rarely happens). In October, temperatures are mild, but the days are shorter and the weather can be rainy and windy.

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