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Istanbul – Weather

If you’re on the lookout for beautifully hot sunny skies, the weather in Istanbul is a safe bet. During the summer months you can expect temperatures to push as high as 30°C, so don’t forget to pack your sun lotion and shades to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime.

If you’re planning a visit during the colder months, you can expect rain and much chillier temperatures than you might think. During December it typically averages 6°C, but the crowds are light and it’s a great time to go exploring. Just pack plenty of layers, and an umbrella.

Istanbul, the perfect place to enjoy a hot summer

If you prefer a slightly milder temperature, the best time to visit is September. The weather in Istanbul averages 21°C, ideal for getting out and exploring without working up too much of a sweat.

We advise packing light and airy clothing and comfortable shoes, so you can enjoy all of the palaces, mosques, and squares this stunning city has to offer. If you’re visiting during the height of summer, you’d be advised to drink plenty of water and to regularly top up your sun lotion. Bear in mind too, that if you’re visiting religious sites then you’ll be asked to dress modestly, so pack a scarf to cover shoulders, and a summer dress that’s at least knee length for the ladies, and a pair of trousers for the men.

If this is your first time visiting Istanbul, be sure to head over to the Blue Mosque. This iconic landmark allows you to immerse yourself in the culture and history of this beautiful place, definitely one for the itinerary.

Are you thinking of booking a trip to Istanbul? If so, check out our weather guide before you plan your visit. This will tell you the best of the Istanbul weather, so you can pack with confidence and make the most of your city break.