Best Time to Visit Turkey

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Turkey. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya und Van. 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 Turkey for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol -8 °C to 35 °C
Waves Symbol 8 °C to 28 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.0411.42 in (0 – 14 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 8.7 °C (Van) and 19.5 °C (Bodrum)
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Best Time to Visit Turkey: Overview

JanuaryJan
MaximumMax. 15 °C
Up to 9.37 in of rainof rain
FebruaryFeb
Up to 7.52 in of rainof rain
Water max. 16 °C
MarchMar
TemperaturesTemp. up to 18 °C
Water max. 15 °C
AprilApr
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MayMay
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JuneJun
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JulyJul
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but very hot
AugustAug
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but very hot
SeptemberSep
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OctoberOct
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mostly very Pleasant climate
NovemberNov
TemperaturesTemp. up to 21 °C
DecemberDec
Up to 8.78 in of rainof rain

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Turkey) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
Istanbulall except January, February, March, and December
Ankaraall except January, February, March, and December
AntalyaMay, June, July, August, September, and October
VanApril, May, June, July, August, and September
MarmarisMay, June, July, August, September, and October
KusadasiJune, July, August, and September
BelekMay, June, July, August, September, and October
AlacatiMay, June, July, August, September, and October
BodrumMay, June, July, August, September, and October

Climate Charts Turkey

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Istanbul

Climate Chart Istanbul
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Ankara

Climate Chart Ankara
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Antalya

Climate Chart Antalya
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Van

Climate Chart Van
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Water Temperatures

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Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

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

Climate Tables Turkey

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Turkey, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Istanbul (Turkey)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature12°17°22°26°28°28°25°20°15°11°
Night Temperature12°16°19°19°16°12°
Water Temperature11°15°20°22°23°21°19°15°11°
Precipitation (inch)3.92.642.441.931.220.830.751.021.612.83.54.8
Rainy days121097533347912
Hours of Sunshine345691112118643
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Istanbul is 14.1 °C.

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

Warmest month: July (23.2 °C)
Coldest month: January (5.6 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Istanbul is 23 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

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

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

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 27.44 inch on 84 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, and March

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 11.6 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6.7 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.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Ankara (Turkey)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature12°17°22°26°30°30°26°20°13°
Night Temperature-4°-2°13°15°15°11°-1°
Precipitation (inch)1.851.421.421.892.171.460.550.470.751.061.31.93
Rainy days878896322568
Hours of Sunshine3467911121110753
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Ankara is 11.7 °C.

Warmest month: July (22.9 °C)
Coldest month: January (0.1 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 16.26 inch on 72 rainy days

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

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

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 11.8 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.1 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Antalya (Turkey)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature15°15°18°21°25°30°34°34°31°26°21°17°
Night Temperature11°15°19°22°22°19°15°11°
Water Temperature18°16°15°17°21°22°26°28°27°24°21°18°
Precipitation (inch)9.377.524.021.891.10.350.20.080.512.765.918.78
Rainy days101075311014610
Hours of Sunshine56781012121210875
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Antalya is 18.4 °C.

Warmest month: July (28.1 °C)
Coldest month: January (9.9 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Antalya is 28 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all except February, and March

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

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 42.48 inch on 58 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): January, February, and December
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 25.67 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Antalya.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 12.1 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8.4 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Van (Turkey)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature13°19°24°29°29°25°17°11°
Night Temperature-8°-8°-4°10°14°14°10°-5°
Precipitation (inch)1.261.31.692.241.770.750.20.120.551.731.811.3
Rainy days668994111776
Hours of Sunshine456791212119754
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Van is 8.7 °C.

Warmest month: July (21.8 °C)
Coldest month: January (-4 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 14.72 inch on 65 rainy days

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

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

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 12.1 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.6 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Popular Activities



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Istanbul: Basilica Cistern Skip-the-Line Guided Tour | Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise from Eminonu Pier | Istanbul Topkapi Palace Guided Tour and Skip The Line | Turkish Dance Tickets at Hodjapasha Cultural Centre | Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht | Topkapi Palace and Harem: Guided Tour with Admission Ticket | Hagia Sophia Fast-Track Admission with a Licensed Guide |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Istanbul (Station Okmeydan?)
broken clouds     broken clouds, 13.2 °C
Clouds: 75 %       Wind: 9 mph N
Air Pressure: 1006 hPa       Humidity: 76 %
Last updated: 12th Dec 2019, 04:44 pm
The next days …
13th Dec 201914th Dec 201915th Dec 201916th Dec 201917th Dec 201918th Dec 2019
light rain11 °C to 14 °Cbroken clouds12 °C to 16 °Covercast clouds11 °C to 14 °Csky is clear11 °C to 15 °Csky is clear11 °C to 15 °Csky is clear11 °C to 14 °C
11 °C to 14 °C12 °C to 16 °C11 °C to 14 °C11 °C to 15 °C11 °C to 15 °C11 °C to 14 °C
Clouds: 34 %Clouds: 56 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 0 %
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Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Important Regions and Cities

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Turkey: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 8 reviews for Turkey holiday already. Average rating is 4.9 of 5 stars.
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    Heike, 55 years old was there in April

    The weather was just a dream for this time of year

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Irina, 57 years old was there in February

    The weather in February 2018 was daily over 20° and
    Night 10-12 °. Great climate.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Jasmin, 38 years old was there in January

    3 days sea – bathing weather
    3 days partly cloudy
    1 day occasional rain

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Ute, 53 years old was there in August

    Who loves the warmth never does anything wrong with Turkey. We liked it very much

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Ines, 53 years old was there in May

    We were at Side for 2 weeks and the weather was super great, sun and no rain during the day only once a night and the next morning there was nothing to see.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Petra, 54 years old was there in September

    it was just gigantic and fantastically beautiful sun full

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Gisela, 65 years old was there in August

    From the hours of sunshine, it was excellent, only sunshine. But it was already much too hot for us.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Uwe König, 60 years old was there in June

    with temperatures between 28 and 36 degrees and unfortunately almost empty beaches, it could be endured fantastically

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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