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Apr - May, Aug - Oct
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Weather in Istanbul

Mon, Jun 01 2020

20.23ºC | 16.86ºC

Rain in morning and afternoon and clouds from evening to night

62.0% Humidity

Tue, Jun 02 2020

20.86ºC | 15.68ºC

Clouds in morning , rain from afternoon to evening and clear in night

62.75% Humidity

Wed, Jun 03 2020

18.39ºC | 15.49ºC

Clouds in morning and evening , rain in afternoon and clear in night

68.13% Humidity

Thu, Jun 04 2020

21.64ºC | 15.42ºC

Clear from morning to night

55.0% Humidity

Fri, Jun 05 2020

25.01ºC | 17.84ºC

Clear in morning , afternoon and night and clouds in evening

47.5% Humidity

Sat, Jun 06 2020

20.17ºC | 20.17ºC

Clear from morning to night

58.0% Humidity

Best Time To Visit Istanbul

Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination

The best time to visit Istanbul is during the spring and fall season which is in the months of April, May, and September to November. The temperature during these months ranges from 16 °C to 28 °C. Istanbul sees the highest number of travelers during spring and fall season, as the weather during these months is cool and dry and outdoor activities can be enjoyed easily. From late May to early September is the peak season for Istanbul vacations. The sun shines bright and yellow in the sky, and the beaches are crazily crowded throughout these months. The eastern side of Istanbul has a more extreme type of climate than the west, which enjoys similar weather conditions to that of Mediterranean Europe.

March-May (7°C to 16°)

March-May marks the beginning of another high season in Istanbul. With clear skies, lots of wind and a pleasant climate, the temperature during this time is perfect for sightseeing and local tours if not for the beach. It stays pleasant over the course of three months before the heat starts to rise in late May, thus making this shoulder season the best time to visit Istanbul before summer.

Moreover, an opportunity to attend the Istanbul Tulip Festival, Istanbul Film Festival and some other fun-filled Istanbul festivals make the tour even more memorable.  

June - August (18°C to 28°)

Compared to the rest of Turkey, Istanbul enjoys a more moderate climate during this time. Still, it is quite hot and humid in Istanbul now, with large crowds and higher rates of hotels and airfare. The beaches are at their best and the seafood is freshest.

However, the cons of visiting during this time are the crowd and cost of accommodations; the pros are International Music Festival and International Jazz Festival held during this time.

September - November (13°C to 20°)

Just like the spring shoulder season, autumn too is a nice time to travel to Istanbul. If you visit Istanbul in November, chances are you will get the best of both worlds – the leftover warmth from the summer and its perks, as well as the creeping coolness of the upcoming winter.

Besides the festivals like Istanbul International Puppet Festival, Istanbul Theatre Festival and more add memories to the journey.

December - February (1°C to 7°)

Unless you have a problem with cold and rain, December through February can also be a good time for a visit. Because of experiencing one of the coldest seasons, the region offers some of the best accommodations at very low prices with lucrative discounts everywhere, which is quite a big incentive.

Another perk of visiting from December to January is that you must not have to wait in long queues. Apart from that, you can be part of one of the best Istanbul events, called the International Istanbul Gastronomy Festival, and have an amazing experience.

Best time to Visit Istanbul for Shopping: Istanbul is home to many markets, boutiques, stalls, and spice bazaar. The famous things to buy from these markets are carpets, rugs, jewelry, spices, hand-painted ceramics. If you are visiting Istanbul for shopping, the best time to visit Istanbul is in December and January which is around Christmas and New Year.  Best time to Visit Istanbul for a Bosphorus Cruise:  Bosphorus Cruise is one of the highlights while planning a visit to Istanbul. The best time to go for Bosphorus Cruise is in the month of May or in the mid of September. Watch dolphins while cruising on the river and get a chance to meet the friendliest marine animal. Best time to Visit Istanbul for Sightseeing: The best time to visit Istanbul is when it is neither too hot or cold. For this reason, spring season in the month of May and April is considered to be the best time to visit the capital city. Istanbul sees a rise in the number of crowds during the spring season. The place is dotted with blooming and colorful flowers. Most of the adventure and outdoor activities can be enjoyed easily during this weather.  Best time to Visit Istanbul for Beaches: If you are looking to explore the gorgeous beaches in Istanbul, the best time to visit is in Summers in the months of July, August, and September. One can enjoy a plethora of water activities during the summer season.

Climate in Istanbul

Summer Season in Istanbul

Istanbul summers are milder than most of Turkey, especially the eastern part. But it is still hot enough for you to sweat while sightseeing. From late spring to early fall is the high season in Istanbul and summer just falls right in the middle of it. From cruises to beach adventures to local sightseeing – everything is crowded during this time of the year. The months preceding and succeeding the peak summer months, that is March-April and September-October is the best month to visit Istanbul.

Monsoon Season in Istanbul

Being situated in the Mediterranean region, Istanbul gets most of its rainfall during the winter season. November to February is when the average rainfall is highest, with late-December and early-January the wettest months. This is not the greatest time to visit Istanbul, though the prices will be really tempting.

Winter Season in Istanbul

Just before winter begins, the prices of hotel fares and flight tickets start to plummet; which means you can enjoy a vacation to Istanbul in a really reasonable budget during this time. However, the weather is not as beautiful as summer. The heat is not there and you will not be sweating, and there will also be no line at the many attractions. But you will miss out on the Mediterranean summer.

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