What’s the weather like in Turkey in May?
Turkey’s a country crossing two continents with plenty of differences in weather due to its size and geography. You’ll generally get high temperatures and not much rain in May though, as summer gets closer; you’ll get loads of sun in popular Mediterranean holiday destinations at this time.
Turkey’s Aegean and Mediterranean destinations get much less rain in May after a wet winter and spring. Mountains close to the Mediterranean coast protect inland areas from wet weather, and there’s a continental climate in the Central Anatolia region. Black Sea resorts have different weather; you’ll get quite a bit of rain all year round.
The south coast’s popular Antalya has an expected high temperature of 26ºC in May, which cools to 14ºC at night so don’t forget to bring some warmer clothes for the evenings. The average sea temperature’s 21ºC, while humidity’s low and rainfall’s typically 29mm over six rainy days. You can expect 14 hours of daylight with ten long hours of sunshine each day, while UV levels will be very high so pack plenty of sun cream. Sunset’s around 8pm.
Things to Do
The weather’s great for hitting Turkey’s beaches in May, with Antalya’s Konyaalti Beach, Bodrum’s Gumbet Beach and Ölüdeniz with its Blue Lagoon, being some of your options. Dip into Turkey’s history with a trip to Ephesus near Selçuk; this site was once one of the Roman Empire’s most important cities, and was home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Aspendos near Antalya has a great amphitheatre, while Istanbul’s packed with culture.