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Weather and Climate

Discover Istanbul, home of seasons


Istanbul's Weather and Climate

Istanbul has a climate combining those of the Mediterranean and Black Sea climate types, with a hot dry summer and pleasantly warm spring and autumn. Winters are cold but snow is rare. The vegetation is predominantly of the Mediterranean type.

Weather and Climate in Istanbul

Istanbul is under the effect of Mediterranean, Black Sea, the Balkans and Anatolian continental climate. Istanbul is a city where four seasons can be experienced. The hottest months are July and August while the coldest months are January and February. Istanbul can surprise you in every way, especially with its weather. Be sure that you have a portable umbrella in your bag.

Min/Max temperatures:

  • January and February 5-9 °C
  • March and April 9-18 °C
  • May 14-24 °C, June 18-27 °C
  • July and August 20-33 °C
  • October 16-23 °C
  • November and December 6-13 °C

Seasons in Istanbul

Summer: In summer, the weather in Istanbul is hot and humid, with the temperature in July and August averaging 27°C.

Summers are relatively dry, but rainfall is significant during that season. Extreme heat, however, is uncommon, as temperatures rise above 32°C on only five days per year on average.

Winter: During winter it is cold, wet and often snowy, with the temperature in January and February averaging 4°C. Snowfalls tend to be heavy, but the snow cover and temperatures below the freezing point rarely last more than a few days.

Generally there is rain and snow together while the snow would not last more than 10 days.

Spring and Autumn: Spring and autumn are mild, but are unpredictable and often wet, and can range from chilly to warm, however the nights are chilly. Tulips and judas trees are everywhere in Istanbul, which transforms the metropolis into a refreshing and adorable place.

Weather and Climate in Istanbul

Average Daily Temperatures