The best times to visit Turkey for ideal weather are
April 23rd to July 1st
September 3rd to November 4th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Turkey Travel Guide
Weather in Turkey
Average temperatures in Turkey vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 49th 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 Turkey, the hottest months are August, July, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 91.6°F (33.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 68.9°F (20.5°C) at night.
Turkey Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Turkey Temperatures (Celsius)
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.
Turkey Perceived Temperature (F)
Turkey Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Turkey 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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Turkey are July, August, and then September. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late July. For example, on the week of July 23rd there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late January with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of January 22nd.
When can you find snow in Turkey? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to late October to early November. The best time to ski (if at all) in Turkey is often around around October 29th when fresh powder is deepest. 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.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Turkey.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Turkey (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Turkey has some humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is August (37.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (66.7%).
Wind in Turkey is usually calm. The windiest month is July, followed by August and June. July’s average wind speed of around 5.5 knots (6.4 MPH or 10.3 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 July where average top sustained speeds reach 10.4 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Turkey.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||8.1||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||4.7||Light breeze||8.7||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||5.1||Light breeze||9.8||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||5||Light breeze||9.9||Gentle breeze|
|May||4.6||Light breeze||9.5||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||5.1||Light breeze||10||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||5.5||Light breeze||10.1||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||5.4||Light breeze||10||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||4.7||Light breeze||9.2||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||4.1||Light breeze||8.2||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||3.8||Barely noticeable||7.5||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||4||Light breeze||7.6||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Turkey?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Aug 21, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Turkey; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 16, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Turkey is July, followed by June and August. 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 Turkey 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
Overall Turkey Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 78.6°F (25.9°C) and 52.5°F (11.4°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 3 to 4 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second 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 very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the least precipitation with 1 to 2 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Turkey, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 86.4°F (30.2°C) and 56.3°F (13.5°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 3 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is too cold this time of year in Turkey to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 53.1°F (11.7°C) and 44.5°F (6.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: consistently 4 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.
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