Konyaalti Beach, Antalya Konyaalti Beach, Antalya – image courtesy of otelcenneti.com

Best time to visit Turkey

The best time to visit Turkey is during the summer months between June and August when the weather is warm to hot.

For slightly cooler but still pleasant weather visit during spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October) when temperatures range between 16°C (61°F) and 25°C (77°F).

Turkey is a huge country with varying regional climates. The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts have a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild, wet winters.

The Anatolian plateau is very hot in summer and very cold in winter. Ankara's average temperatures range from -4°C (24°F) in winter to 30°C (86°F) in summer.

The Black Sea coast is wet year round, mild in summer and cold in winter, and best between April and September.

The east of the country is mountainous with warm summers and very cold, snowy winters, and best from late June to September.


Seasons

High season: Lasts from July to mid-September when prices are at their highest, and during Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Low season: The ‘shoulder season’ months of April, May, mid- to late September and October.

Out of season: Winter – accommodation on the Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Sea coasts is often closed from mid-October until late-April – with the exception of Christmas and New Year.


Istanbul weather

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

In Istanbul, summer temperatures, from mid-June to mid-September, average 28°C (82°F).

However, during July and August mid-day temperatures often soar beyond 35°C (95°F).

Winter, from December to February, is chilly and wet averaging 10°C (50°F), while during spring (April to May) and autumn (October and November), temperatures range from 15°C (59°F) to 25°C (77°F).


Istanbul Weather – Monthly Averages

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 6 6 8 12 16 22 24 24 21 16 12 8
Ave High Temp (°C) 8 8 11 16 20 26 28 28 25 19 14 10
Ave Low Temp (°C) 4 3 5 8 12 17 19 19 16 12 9 6
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 5 7 7 9 9 10 10 10 9 7 5 5
Daylight (Hrs daily) 10 11 12 13 14 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Comfort Level Cold, no heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity
Ave Humidity (%) 80 80 75 75 70 70 65 70 70 80 80 80
UV Index 2 2 4 5 7 8 9 8 6 4 2 1
Days with some Rain 14 12 13 11 9 6 3 4 8 10 13 17
Ave Rainfall (mm) 90 70 50 40 30 20 10 10 20 50 80 100
Sea Temp (°C) 13 13 13 13 16 19 21 22 21 18 16 14
(Istanbul, Turkey) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Kusadasi weather

Kustur Beach, Kusadasi

Kusadasi – located midway along Turkey's western Aegean coast – enjoys a Mediterranean climate with long, hot summers and mild winters.

Average highs in May reach 24°C (75°F) rising to 29°C (84°F) in June; July and August average 30°C (86°F) with a low around 18°C (64°F) at night; September sees an average high of 28°C (82°F); and October is still warm averaging 23°C (73°F).

Winter from December through January averages 13°C (55°F). December is often the wettest month.


Kusadasi Weather – Monthly Averages

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 9 9 11 14 18 22 24 24 21 17 13 11
Ave High Temp (°C) 13 14 16 19 24 28 30 30 27 23 18 15
Ave Low Temp (°C) 4 5 6 9 12 16 18 18 15 12 9 6
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 7 7 9 10 12 13 14 13 11 9 8 6
Daylight (Hrs daily) 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 14 12 11 10 10
Comfort Level Cold, no heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon High heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity No heat & humidity
UV Index 2 3 5 6 8 9 10 9 7 5 3 2
Days with some Rain 12 11 9 8 5 4 7 7 5 5 8 13
Ave Rainfall (mm) 160 110 90 50 20 10 4 6 22 42 92 150
Sea Temp (°C) 16 16 16 17 19 22 23 24 23 21 19 17
(Kusadasi, Turkey) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Konyaalti Beach Park, Antalya

Antalya weather

Antalya – located on the southern coast – enjoys average summer temperatures of 30°C (86°F) in July and August. This is also the peak holiday season when most Turks take their holidays.

For hot weather, visit in summer from July to mid-September when temperatures often exceed 35°C (95°F) in July and August.

Spring (April to May), early summer (June) and autumn (September to October) offer very pleasant weather conditions in Antalya, with temperatures ranging between 16°C (61°F) and 26°C (79°F).

Average temperatures increase from 21°C (70°F) in April to 34°C (93°F) in July and 27°C (81°F) in October before returning to around 21°C (70°F) in November.

This region has two distinct seasons: summer from May to October and winter from November through March, which has an average temperature of 12°C (53°F) and a low of 6°C (43°F). December and January are the wettest months of the year.


Antalya Weather – Monthly Averages

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 10 10 12 16 20 24 27 27 25 20 15 11
Ave High Temp (°C) 14 14 17 21 25 30 33 33 31 26 20 15
Ave Low Temp (°C) 6 6 8 11 15 19 22 22 19 15 11 8
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 10 11 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 10 10
Daylight (Hrs daily) 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 14 12 11 10 10
Comfort Level Cold Cold No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity No heat & humidity
Ave Humidity (%) 65 65 65 70 65 65 60 60 60 60 65 70
UV Index 2 3 5 7 8 10 10 9 7 5 3 1
Days with some Rain 11 10 9 8 6 3 1 1 2 6 8 12
Ave Rainfall (mm) 240 170 90 40 30 10 3 3 10 60 110 150
Sea Temp (°C) 17 16 16 18 20 24 26 27 26 24 21 18
(Antalya, Turkey) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with additional historical climate data sourced from The Turkish State Meteorological Service.


Latest update: Best time to visit Turkey: 15 December, 2019


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