The beautiful Akdamar Island on the shores of Lake Van

Best time to visit Turkey

 

Like its location, Turkey’s climate is varied and is affected by its proximity to mountain ranges and oceans. Istanbul and European Turkey experience hot summers and cold winters with snow being a common feature. Spring and autumn, from April to May and from September to mid November respectively, are the ideal times to visit Istanbul and the inland regions when temperatures are pleasant and the skies are clear. Istanbul’s location near the sea means it can be quite a windy city, especially in the winter.


The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts both enjoy a typical Mediterranean climate characterised by mild winters and hot summers, which makes the beach resorts of Marmaris and Kusadasi popular year-round destinations. The majority of rainfall occurs in winter along the coast so the summer months remain hot and dry, perfect for topping up that tan. As you travel further east in Turkey the extremes in climate become more pronounced with very hot and dry summers reaching highs of 40°C and bitterly cold winters with heavy snowfall. Spring, autumn and the shoulder months of summer are the best times to visit the region when temperatures are mild and pleasant and it tends to stay relatively dry.

 

 

Turkey Climate

 

Turkey - Istanbul

 

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C 3 2 3 7 12 16 18 19 16 13 9 5
max temp °C 8 9 11 16 21 25 28 28 24 20 15 11
rainfall mm 109 92 72 46 38 34 34 30 58 81 103 119

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

 

Turkey - Cappadocia 

 

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C -8 -7 -2 10  12  13  -2  -5 
max temp °C  4 13  18  22  27  31  31  27  21  13 
rainfall mm 28  31  51  67  56  32  32  32  23  29  35  46 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

 

Turkey - Fethiye

 

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C 5 5 6 13  17  21  21  17  13 
max temp °C 14  14  17  19  24  29  31  31  28  24  19  16 
rainfall mm 216  160  96  46  26  11  24  80  139  233 

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

 

Turkey - Van

 

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C -8 -8 -5 10  14  14  -6 
max temp °C 11  18  24  28  28  24  17  11 
rainfall mm 45  36  48  53  40  16  12  45  48  31 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

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