Weather in Turkey in July

Is July a good time to visit Turkey?

July is peak summer in Turkey, and with it come crowds of tourists from across the world. Coastal regions in Turkey are the most popular destinations during July and can become quite crowded and over-priced. Visitors travelling in summer should go to Turkey if they want to be with loads of other tourists in the resort areas along the Mediterranean coast. Those visitors who enjoy sightseeing and fewer crowds have the option of travelling off the beaten track and exploring central Turkey. The weather in Turkey in July is hot throughout the country, which makes the beaches popular but also means that the more mountainous regions are easily accessible for the more adventurous traveller.


Climate in Turkey in July

Hot weather and long days are the best way to describe the weather in Turkey in July. The summer climate is great throughout the country, even in the northern regions along the Black Sea coast where the humidity levels pick up significantly during the summer period. Turkey’s weather in July is perfect for visitors looking for a fun-filled summer holiday in the sun. Summer is the driest period in Turkey and rainfall is uncommon. The average temperatures in Turkey in July are 21 to 28°C (70 to 82°F) in Istanbul; 20 to 32°C (68 to 90°F) around Izmir; 22 to 34°C (72 to 93°F) in Antalya and Ankara’s average high in July is 21°C (70°F). Sea temperatures in Turkey in July are generally a balmy 23°C (73°F). One of the best things about Turkey in July is that most parts of the country get about twelve hours of sunshine each day.


What’s on in Turkey in July

Istanbul is the place to be in July for an event with a difference. The annual Bosphorus Swim takes place in mid-July. Swimmers are expected to navigate across the Bosphorus Straight – a 7km (4.3 mile) swim from Kanlica on the Asian side to Cemil Topuzlu Park on the European side. There are also other popular events on the day such as sailing races, dance performances and numerous other exhibitions.


What to pack for a holiday in Turkey in July 

Packing a suitcase for a holiday in Turkey in July is easy. Summer clothes are vital, as is mosquito repellent. Visitors spending their summer at a Turkish beach resort should pack a swimsuit and beach clothes such as strappy tops, skirts, shorts and t-shirts. Visitors opting for the inland parts of Turkey should pack appropriate walking shoes and a camera with spare memory cards for all the holiday snapshots. Hats are important during summer in Turkey, as is suncream. Finally, one or two items of light and modest linen clothing can be useful, particularly in the more conservative parts of the Turkey.