Best Time to Visit Istanbul

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Istanbul. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Istanbul. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Istanbul for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 3 °C to 30 °C
Waves Symbol 9 °C to 24 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.913.98 in (3 – 12 Days of Rain)
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Best Time to Visit Istanbul: Overview

JanuaryJan
MaximumMax. 9 °C
Water max. 8.6 °C
FebruaryFeb
MaximumMax. 9 °C
Water max. Popular 5 °C
MarchMar
MaximumMax. 12 °C
Water max. 12.5 °C
AprilApr
TemperaturesTemp. up to 17 °C
Water max. 14.5 °C
MayMay
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JuneJun
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JulyJul
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AugustAug
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SeptemberSep
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OctoberOct
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NovemberNov
MaximumMax. 15 °C
Water max. 16.6 °C
DecemberDec
MaximumMax. 11 °C
Water max. 13.2 °C

Climate Chart Istanbul

Climate Chart Istanbul
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Istanbul

In the following, you will find the climate table for Istanbul, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature12°17°22°27°29°30°25°20°15°10°
Night Temperature13°18°21°21°17°14°
Water Temperature12°13°15°21°22°23°24°22°22°17°13°
Precipitation (inch)2.322.82.41.731.540.911.221.51.772.833.433.98
Rainy days1211107753477811
Hours of Sunshine235691011108643
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature is 15 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (25.4 °C)
Coldest month: January (5.9 °C)

The maximum water temperature is 24 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
May, June, July, August, September, and October

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
June, July, August, September, and October

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 26.42 inch on 92 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, March, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 11 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6.3 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Istanbul (Station Karaköy)
scattered clouds     scattered clouds, 2.5 °C
Clouds: 40 %       Wind: 2 mph
Air Pressure: 1024 hPa       Humidity: 60 %
Last updated: 19th Jan 2021, 01:32 pm
The next days …
20th Jan 202121st Jan 202122nd Jan 202123rd Jan 202124th Jan 202125th Jan 2021
broken clouds0 °C to 5 °Cscattered clouds5 °C to 8 °Cbroken clouds7 °C to 11 °Covercast clouds9 °C to 11 °Clight rain9 °C to 12 °Cmoderate rain10 °C to 13 °C
0 °C to 5 °C5 °C to 8 °C7 °C to 11 °C9 °C to 11 °C9 °C to 12 °C10 °C to 13 °C
Clouds: 83 %Clouds: 50 %Clouds: 56 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 98 %
No PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo Precipitation0.07 in of rain0.31 in of rain
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Turkey: Regions

Istanbul is part of the holiday destination Turkey. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

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