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Climate - Izmir

Temperature, rainfall, prevailing weather conditions, when to go

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Izmir, where it is
In Izmir (Smyrna), large Turkish city on the Aegean Sea, the climate is Mediterranean, with relatively mild winters, and hot and sunny summers.
Here are the average temperatures.
Izmir average temperatures
Izmir J F M A M J J A S O N D
Min (°C) 3 4 6 10 13 17 20 20 16 12 8 5
Max (°C) 11 12 15 20 25 30 32 32 28 23 17 12

Precipitation amounts to 700 millimetres per year, and is most abundant in winter, while in summer it rains very rarely.
Here is the average precipitation.
Average precipitation Izmir
Izmir J F M A M J J A S O N D Year
Prec. (mm) 135 105 70 45 40 10 3 2 15 50 85 140 700
Days 10 8 7 5 4 2 0 0 2 4 6 11 59

Winter, from December to mid-March, is quite mild and rainy: the average January temperature is 7 °C, and it rains on average for about 10 days a month. The city is less exposed to cold waves than Istanbul, however, cold air can still arrive, leading to night frosts, for example in January 2013 the temperature dropped to -8 °C.
Snowfall is rare, but not impossible: for example, it snowed in February 2012.

Spring, from mid-March to May, is very mild, and while in March it's still a bit unstable, then it gradually becomes sunnier, and and with less rainfall.

Summer, from June to mid-September, is hot, dry and sunny. Typically the humidity is not very high, and sea breezes blow, indeed an insistent wind from the north, the Meltemi, can blow, however there may be periods of intense heat, with highs about 35/38 °C, and even 40 °C.

Autumn, from mid-September to November, is pleasantly warm and sunny at the beginning, while rainy periods become more frequent over the weeks; however, October is often still a pleasant and sunny month, especially in the first half.

The amount of sunshine in Izmir is great in summer, when the sky is practically always clear, while in winter, sunny periods alternate with periods of bad weather, with cloudy skies.


In Izmir the sea is never very warm, because in summer the north wind prevents it from heating up much, however, the sea temperature reaches 22/23 °C from June to September.
Here are the average sea temperatures.
Sea temperature Izmir
Izmir J F M A M J J A S O N D
Sea (°C) 15 15 15 16 18 22 23 23 22 20 18 16

When to go

The best times to visit Izmir, exploring the city, the monuments and neighbouring towns such as Ephesus and Pergamum, are spring and autumn, ie the months of April and May, and from mid-September to mid-October. In fact summer is often hot, especially in July and August.
For beach life, you can go from June to September.
September is probably the best compromise between beach life and cultural tourism, if you want to do both.

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