Best time to Visit Istanbul
Istanbul is great to visit in any season however since Istanbul does not lie on the equator the weather does fluctuate around the year. However, due to the vast differences In altitude you could be sun bathing on the Princes’ Islands or skiing in the snow at Kartepe all on the same day!
Istanbul Season Months
The seasons in Istanbul are the same as England. These are shown below:
- Spring: March to May
- Summer: June to August
- Autumn: September to November
- Winter: December to March
So deciding when to visit Istanbul is very simple because If you want hot weather just ask yourself “When is England hottest?” and you have your answer for Istanbul too.
The reason Istanbul’s seasons is so similar to England is because it is also on the Northern Hemisphere and only just to say Eastern of the Prime Meridian Line which separates the West and East. If Turkey was closer to the Equator, like Kenya is for example, it would not have a Winter or Summer as we know it but rather the weather would be constant throughout the year.
Because of this, the “Best time to visit Istanbul” is largely up to you! Summer will give you exceptionally hot and dry weather, Spring will bring you less temperature but perhaps more humid.
As can be seen the hottest months are June, July, August and September with the total yearly average temperature being 14.5°C whereas the average temperature in London is 12°C.
Below you can see the average rain in Istanbul as both number of days per month and also amount of precipitation (mm).
As you can see from these charts June to September has the best monthly average temperature and May to August/September have the lowest rainfall. Therefore if you are after a holiday to explore Istanbuls greatest locations with good weather, these are the months I would suggest.
I should point however, that I have been to Istanbul in December in the past and it has been a sunny 25°C however I remember being exceptionally lucky!
Conclusion of Istanbul Weather
Istanbul like any country (except perhaps Kenya!) can throw unexpected weather so despite my averages in this post your own experience may be quite different. My own personal preference of visiting Istanbul is the Summer months as I love the contrast from England! However these are the busiest months in Turkey and you may wish to visit in Spring or Autumn to avoid the queues and crowds of tourists. Hope this helps and you enjoyed reading my post on Istanbul Weather!