Istanbul’s Weather and Climate

The weather and climate in Istanbul are fairly predictable. In the winter it can be very cold and snowy; in the summer it’s hot and humid, and in the spring and fall the weather is perfect. Temperatures cooperate and so does the humidity so tourists flock to the city. The locals say spring and autumn is the perfect time to visit Istanbul. From April to May, and September through October the weather and climate are postcard perfect. July and August are almost too hot for anyone. Most of the locals head towards the beaches on the West and South coast during the summer. In winter, the cold and the snow can be downright frigid, so tourists tend to stay away during those months.
 Istanbul, Türkiye Forecast

When to Go

During the summer months Istanbul is filled with music events and art festivals and when the 5 day Kurban Bayramı arrives banks close, and the ATMs run out of money, plus during Ramazan local business hours change to suit the merchants. Hotel prices skyrocket and they are usually overbooked when the Formula 1 Grand Prix comes to the city in June.