Current weather (in Fahrenheit)
Istanbul weather has it all - the sun, the snow, the rain, the wind! The city is located in north-west of Turkey, surrounded by three waters (The Sea of Marmara, The Black Sea and the Bosphorus Strait), and has a mix of humid subtropical climate, oceanic climate and a humid continental climate.
Roughly eight months of the year Istanbul has an average temperature of 10 °C (50.0 °F). Remaining four months average between 2 and 13 °C (35.6 and 55.4 °F).
As locals say "umbrella is always handy in this city". Cary one when you are in the city too!
I have lived in Istanbul enough years to make generalizations about its weather. Here is what I have noticed.
You get to shop for and keep all categories of shoes from summer slippers to cozy winter boots and you'll wear them at least once during the year for sure!
Below are weather categories and months which are most likely to have described weather conditions. Choose to travel on a sunny or less hot month, go for Istanbul on a snowfall or enjoy your time in the city of 7 hills under the rain.
Needelss to say, Istanbul weather is subject to change and unpredictability.
Foggy, rainy, snowy. (January-February)
Average temperature 5 °C (41 °F). Because of the winds the real feel temperature is bone-chilling cold.
Low tourist season. Less lines to enter attractions. Hotel prices are friendly.
Rainy, sunny. (March-April. November-December.)
Average temperature 11 °C (52 °F).
Low tourist season. Less lines to enter attractions. Hotel prices are friendly. For what to pack ideas in this season click here.
Generally clear sky, sunny, some rain. (May-June-early July. September-October.)
Average temperature 20 °C (68 °F).
High tourist season. Longer wait line to see major attractions.
Beach season does start this time.
Sunny, very sunny or brightly sunny. (July-August)
Average temperature 32 °C (90 °F). Plus it’s humid. A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are a must.
High tourist season. Book well in advance as hotels get full quickly. Most locals head to their summer houses. Istanbul gets very comfortable in traffic. Great opportunity to see the city by car. Many clubs and theaters close for the summer.
Travelers visit Istanbul all year round. Most visitors say that the best times to visit are late spring and autumn.
Best way to explore the city is by foot. So pack accordingly and off you go!
“Some couples dream of having their wedding surrounded by white snow, some - by cherry blossoms.”
Personal tastes vary.
Choose YOUR Istanbul weather time and enjoy the city of the 7 hills.