Istanbul weather, climate and best time to visit

Best time to visit Istanbul

The best time to visit in Istanbul in Turkey is from May until September, when you will have a pleasant or warm temperature and limited rainfall. The highest average temperature in in Istanbul is 28°C in July and the lowest is 9°C in January. The water temperature is between 9°C and 29°C. The weather and climate of Istanbul is suitable for a city trip.

Istanbul has the mediterranean climate prevailing. If you want to know what the average temperature is in in Istanbul or when most precipitation (rain or snow) falls, you can find a quick overview below. This way, you are well prepared. Our average monthly climate data is based on data from the past 30 years.

Average weather Istanbul by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature (°C) 9 10 12 15 21 25 28 28 24 19 15 11
Water temp. (°C) 9 10 14 16 25 26 26 29 27 20 15 11
Precipitation (mm) 42 35 35 24 27 27 11 10 28 38 32 52

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14 day weather forecast Istanbul

The weather for in Istanbul will be 17° till 19° degrees in the next 14 days with one day chance of light rain showers.

Weather forecast this week

Wednesday 27 Oct Water Precip Chance Wind UV
17°
12°
17° 0 mm 0% 4 m/s 3
Thursday 28 Oct Water Precip Chance Wind UV
17°
13°
17° 0 mm 0% 5 m/s 3
Friday 29 Oct Water Precip Chance Wind UV
17°
12°
17° 0 mm 0% 5 m/s 3
Saturday 30 Oct Water Precip Chance Wind UV
17°
14°
17° 0 mm 0% 7 m/s 4
Sunday 31 Oct Water Precip Chance Wind UV
17°
13°
17° 0 mm 0% 5 m/s 3
Monday 1 Nov Water Precip Chance Wind UV
16°
12°
17° 0 mm 0% 2 m/s 4
Tuesday 2 Nov Water Precip Chance Wind UV
18°
14°
17° 0 mm 0% 2 m/s 1

Weather forecast next week

Wednesday 3 Nov Water Precip Chance Wind UV
18°
16°
17° 0 mm 0% 1 m/s 2
Thursday 4 Nov Water Precip Chance Wind UV
19°
15°
17° 0 mm 0% 2 m/s 3
Friday 5 Nov Water Precip Chance Wind UV
20°
16°
17° 0 mm 0% 3 m/s 2
Saturday 6 Nov Water Precip Chance Wind UV
20°
16°
17° 0 mm 0% 2 m/s 1
Sunday 7 Nov Water Precip Chance Wind UV
20°
16°
17° 0 mm 0% 2 m/s 2
Monday 8 Nov Water Precip Chance Wind UV
19°
16°
17° 0 mm 0% 4 m/s 1
Tuesday 9 Nov Water Precip Chance Wind UV
19°
15°
17° 0.1 mm 10% 2 m/s 1

Climate Istanbul

Istanbul has the mediterranean climate prevailing. The summers are hot and dry, and the temperature is mild in the winter. The average annual temperature for Istanbul is 18° degrees and there is about 363 mm of rain in a year. It is dry for 202 days a year with an average humidity of 72% and an UV-index of 4.

Climate table of Istanbul

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°C) 9 10 12 15 21 25 28 28 24 19 15 11
Night temp. (°C) 5 6 7 10 15 19 22 23 20 16 12 8
Water temp. (°C) 9 10 14 16 25 26 26 29 27 20 15 11
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (mm) 42 35 35 24 27 27 11 10 28 38 32 52
Days with rain 12 12 14 13 11 8 7 4 10 13 11 13
Days with snow 4 2 1 - - - - - - - - 1
Dry days 15 14 16 17 20 22 24 27 20 18 19 17
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 5 6 7 8 11 12 12 10 9 8 6 5
Wind force (Bft) 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3
UV-index 2 2 4 4 5 6 7 6 5 4 3 2

Istanbul weather by month

What is the average weather like in a given month for Istanbul? Let's find out! Click on a month to check all the monthly averages for sunshine, temperature highs and lows, percentage chance of rain per day, snowfall accumulation and number of rainy days.

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Frequently asked questions

Where is Istanbul?

Istanbul is located in Turkey. It lies in a straight line at 8,068 km from New York.

The coordinates of Istanbul are:

  • Latitude: 41.011046
  • Longitude: 28.957798

The GPS coordinates are 41° 0' N, 28° 57' E

How long is the flight to Istanbul?

The flight time from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Istanbul is approximately 13 h. 10 min.

What are the nearest airports to Istanbul?

These are the airports closests to Istanbul:

  • Atatürk International Airport (13 km) – Istanbul
  • Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (32 km) – Istanbul
  • Istanbul Airport (34 km) – Istanbul

How many inhabitants are there in Istanbul?

Istanbul has approximately 10,061,000 inhabitants.

How big is Istanbul?

The area of Istanbul is around 20,345 km².

What is the currency of Istanbul?

In Istanbul the Turkish lira (TRY) is used to pay.

Exchange rates on 27 October 2021

  • 1 Turkish lira = 7.56 US dollar
  • 1 US dollar = 0.13 Turkish lira
  • 10 Turkish lira = 75.60 US dollar
  • 10 US dollar = 1.32 Turkish lira
  • 100 Turkish lira = 756.04 US dollar
  • 100 US dollar = 13.23 Turkish lira

What is the area code of Istanbul?

The area code to call Istanbul is +90.