What’s the weather like in Turkey in March?
There’s different weather around Turkey due its size. It crosses continents with land in both Asia and Europe, and things are generally getting warmer in March after the mild winter. Popular holiday destinations on the southern Mediterranean coastline have pleasant weather in March, although it’s quite wet compared to the months that follow.
Turkey’s Aegean and south coast resorts have a temperate Mediterranean climate, with the weather getting better in March. There’s still quite a bit of rain on the coast at this time, although the mountains close to the Mediterranean coastline protect inland areas from wet weather. The Central Anatolia region has a continental climate, while Black Sea destinations have a different climate with quite a lot of rain. Resorts on the Sea of Marmara have a transitional climate that’s something in the middle.
Popular Antalya on Turkey’s south coast has an average high temperature of 18ºC during March, which is perfectly warm enough for relaxing on the beach. Bring some warmer clothes for the evenings though as things get quite chilly at night. The expected sea temperature’s 17ºC, while humidity’s low and normal rainfall’s 101mm over ten rainy days. You can expect 12 hours of daylight with seven hours of sunshine each day, while UV levels will be moderate. Sunset’s around 6pm at the beginning of March; this is after 7pm towards the end of the month due to the start of daylight saving.
Things to Do
The weather’s great for exploring Turkey’s rich history, head to the Roman ruins at Ephesus near Selçuk. This was one of the Roman Empire’s most important cities and home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Check out the amphitheatre at Aspendos near Antalya, or explore Istanbul and its mosques and palaces including Topkapi Palace.