Turkish Weather Information
For travelers visiting Turkey there are optimum times of the year in which to enjoy their holiday most favourably. Late spring and early summer are beautiful with pleasant temperatures preceding the high heat of July, August and early September. From late September through November the temperatures again drop off from the heat of the summer making Mediterranean and Aegean coastal areas ideal holiday destinations.
The weather in Turkey is diverse being affected by the particular topography and latitude of any specific location.
The Aegean and Mediterranean coastal areas enjoy a Mediterranean style climate with little precipitation during the hot summer months. Winters are mild, rainy and snow is unheard of. The water temperature in this area is warm during the long summer season from May to October.
The area of Marmara that contains Istanbul has a climate somewhere between an oceanic climate and a semi-Mediterranean climate. There is some rain during the very warm summers and its winters are colder than those of the Aegean and Mediterranean coastal areas. There is often snow in coastal areas even though it disappears quickly and is limited to merely a few days each winter with water temperatures in the Sea of Marmara being colder than the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas.
The Black Sea region has an oceanic climate and recieves the greatest amount of precipitation. The eastern part of the Black Sea coast recieves on average 2,500 millimeters annually making it the highest amount of precipitation in Turkey. During the summer it is warm and humid and the winters are cool and damp. Snow is often common in this coastal area, but does not linger and is limited to a brief period each winter, except in mountain area which become quite snow-bound and can become impassable. The water temperature in the Black Sea coast is always cool and is even less warm than the Sea of Marmara.
The Central Anatolia region displays a combination of continental and steppe climates. Due to a high level of relative humidity the hot weather feels even more hot and the cold weather often feels colder than the temperature indicates. Inland in cities like Ankara there are hot summers with cool evenings and generally cold and snowy winters - being more so the further east in location. The northeastern part containing Erzurum and Kars is the only inland area which experiences a much cooler summer with precipitation. To the south near the Syrian border a desert-like climate makes temperatures climb quite high during the summer with practically no rain and during the winter an occasional snowfall.
Current temperatures for the following locations: Click 'Weather in' to see greater detail for that city.