The best times to visit Kirkuk for ideal weather are

March 5th to May 6th

or

October 22nd to December 9th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Kirkuk Travel Info

Weather in Kirkuk

Temperature

Average temperatures in Kirkuk vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some hot weeks in the summer, with a very low chance of precipitation throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 50th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Kirkuk, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early August where highs are regularly around 112.4°F (44.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 89°F (31.7°C) at night.

Kirkuk Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Kirkuk Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Kirkuk Perceived Temperature (F)

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Kirkuk Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Kirkuk Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 56.3 48.3 40.7
Feb 61.6 53.3 45.3
Mar 70.6 61.7 52.2
Apr 79.2 70.1 59.8
May 92.9 83.4 72.3
Jun 104.4 93.9 81.6
Jul 109.3 98.3 86
Aug 109.1 98 85.8
Sep 100.5 89.3 78
Oct 88.7 78.3 68.1
Nov 73.3 63.5 54.4
Dec 62.9 53.9 46.1

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 13.5 9.1 4.8
Feb 16.4 11.8 7.4
Mar 21.4 16.5 11.2
Apr 26.2 21.2 15.4
May 33.8 28.6 22.4
Jun 40.2 34.4 27.6
Jul 42.9 36.8 30
Aug 42.8 36.7 29.9
Sep 38.1 31.8 25.6
Oct 31.5 25.7 20.1
Nov 22.9 17.5 12.4
Dec 17.2 12.2 7.8

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Kirkuk are June, July, and then August. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid May. For example, on the week of May 7th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late February and early March with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of February 26th.

When can you find snow in Kirkuk? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Kirkuk.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Kirkuk (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 11% 0 1.2
Feb 10% 0 1.3
Mar 16% 0 2.2
Apr 13% 0 1.4
May 3% 0 0.3
Jun 0% 0 0
Jul 0% 0 0
Aug 0% 0 0
Sep 0% 0 0
Oct 3% 0 0.5
Nov 4% 0 0.4
Dec 3% 0 0.5

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 11 0 3
Feb 10 0 3.3
Mar 16 0 5.6
Apr 13 0 3.6
May 3 0 0.8
Jun 0 0 0
Jul 0 0 0
Aug 0 0 0
Sep 0 0 0
Oct 3 0 1.3
Nov 4 0 1
Dec 3 0 1.3

 

Humidity and Wind

Kirkuk has some comfortably humid months, with some extremely dry months. The least humid month is July (7.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (46.9%).

Wind in Kirkuk is usually calm. The windiest month is June, followed by July and August. June’s average wind speed of around 5.8 knots (6.7 MPH or 10.7 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid May where average top sustained speeds reach 13.5 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Kirkuk.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 4.3 Light breeze 9.5 Gentle breeze
Feb 4.5 Light breeze 10 Gentle breeze
Mar 5.1 Light breeze 11.4 Gentle breeze
Apr 5.1 Light breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
May 5.2 Light breeze 11.9 Gentle breeze
Jun 5.8 Light breeze 12.5 Significant breeze
Jul 5.6 Light breeze 12.4 Gentle breeze
Aug 5.4 Light breeze 12.1 Significant breeze
Sep 4.9 Light breeze 11.8 Gentle breeze
Oct 4.4 Light breeze 10.6 Gentle breeze
Nov 3.7 Barely noticeable 8.4 Gentle breeze
Dec 4 Light breeze 9 Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 46.9%
Feb 43.3%
Mar 33%
Apr 27.2%
May 14.1%
Jun 7.5%
Jul 7.1%
Aug 7.2%
Sep 10.4%
Oct 18.3%
Nov 29.4%
Dec 38.4%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Kirkuk?

Our best data indicates this area is generally not safe. As of Dec 04, 2023 there are very strong travel warnings for Iraq; avoid all travel. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Oct 26, 2023.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Kirkuk, Iraq is May, followed by June and April. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Kirkuk in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 41.8 in December means 41.8% of the tourists vs. May.

 

 

Overall Kirkuk Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 101.7°F (38.7°C) and 63.4°F (17.4°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 5 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have hot weather with high temperatures that are extremely hot. These months see the least precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Kirkuk, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 107.5°F (41.9°C) and 68.5°F (20.3°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a barely noticeable amount: 0 to 1 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in Kirkuk to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 67.4°F (19.7°C) and 54.4°F (12.4°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 1 to 4 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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