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Climate Of Istanbul

The inhabitants of Istanbul enjoy all four seasons. The characteristic weather here is a somewhat cooler version of the Mediterranean climate: a short spring, ideal summer temperatures, a long autumn with blue skies,and a rainy winter... The Bosphorus dons the purple of the Judas-tree groves in the spring.
The parks and gardens are decorated with tulips and other flowers. March is a cool, rainy month, but April and May are exactly what one expects of the spring. June is half spring, half summer. An old saying advises one "not to bathe in the sea before you see the rind of a watermelon". It is possible to bathe in the seas of Istanbul until the end of September.
In July and August, except for perhaps two or three hot weeks, there are sometimes even cloudy or cool days. The weather can be undependable in a region with such a blending of lands and seas. Morning clouds may clear toward noon and invite the sun. Autumn is the longest season, and during the larger part of the year the morning haze makes the skies as bright as mother-of-pearl. During the winter months from December to March one needs a raincoat, a thick coat, and sometimes even a fur. There are few days of frost or snow. The main winds throughout the year are the cool and rainy "poyraz" from the south, and the warm "lodos" from the south. The last severe winter within the city boundaries was experienced in 1978 when the airport had to be closed partially for three days. For those who long for the snow, the winter sports center in Uludag, Bursa is not far away.

Average annual temperature: 13.7°C (56.6 °F)
Coldest month: February 5°C (41°F)
Hottest months: July-August 32-33°C (72-74°F)
Average annual precipitation: 691mm (27 inches)
Average snowy days: 7

Alongside the efforts involving wastewater infrastructure, the seawaters are in the process of being cleaned and Istanbul is returning to its pre-pollution times of rich bathing opportunities. The beaches on the coast of the Black Sea, the Marmara, and the Princes' Islands are all less than one hour away from the center, and swimming is possible throughout the summer months.

Only experienced swimmers should attempt the currents of the cool Bosphorus. On windy days, the Black Sea is like the ocean. No other city in the world has beaches that are so safe and so close to the city, and seawaters with salt levels to suit every taste. Older inhabitants remember the days when they bathed in the Golden Horn; maybe it will be possible to do so again before the year 2004.

When To Visit Istanbul for a City Trip or Holiday?

by Erlend Geerts in Practical Information

My favorite times to visit Istanbul are in spring and fall. During those months, the climate is ideal. Does this mean that you shouldn’t plan an Istanbul city trip or holiday during summer or winter? Of course not! Istanbul is nice throughout the year, but every season has its pros and cons. Let me give you an overview, so you can pick the season that best suits your needs or expectations.


While the astrological spring starts on March 21, in Istanbul spring generally starts somewhere mid-April. The weather becomes warm during the day and pleasantly cool at night, while rain showers are getting rare. You can expect average high temperatures between 17C (62F) and 26C (79F) degrees.

Another advantage of visiting Istanbul during spring is that you can witness the awakening of the city and Mother Nature. The city becomes more vivid (with the reopening of the terraces) and colorful (with the blossoms of the flowers in general, and the famous tulips in particular).


Summer, from mid-July to mid-September, is hot and often humid. Average daily highs are around 28C (80F), with especially in August peaks over 30C (82F).

While most Istanbulites escape the summer heat and head for the islands or the coasts, the summer months see a huge influx of tourists. Expect longer queues and take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from the sun (and air-conditioners). The biggest advantage this season has to offer is the ideal Bosphorus cruise conditions.

Fall (Autumn)

Fall or autumn lasts until the end of October, sometimes even mid-November. Temperatures are most of the time back to human levels (23C or 70F), but be prepared for surprises! One day can be hot and dry, while the next can be much cooler (15C or 60F) with short but intense rain showers.

All in all, together with spring it’s my favorite season to visit Istanbul.


Generally speaking winters are cold, with average day temperatures between 6C (43F) and 9C (52). Snow showers are rare, but it rains frequently.

“So, what are the advantages then?” I can hear you think. Well, you can experience the year-end celebrations and decorations, enjoy reduced hotel prices and visit all the tourist attractions much more relaxed.

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