Weather in Turkey in May
Is May a good time to visit Turkey?
Spring is a great time to visit Turkey. May falls just before the summer rush so there are often cheap holiday deals available during this month. The weather in Turkey in May tends to be a lot warmer than April and visitors will find that previously snowed in areas, particularly places in the mountainous regions, are easily accessible in May. Spring is also the beginning of festival season in Turkey. Istanbul is host to two very different, but equally popular, events during May.
Climate in Turkey in May
Turkey’s Mediterranean coast enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate during May. The spring weather quickly warms up as summer approaches. There is also very little rain in May in Turkey. Towns and cities across inland Turkey have slightly cooler weather in May, and the northern parts of the country, including Istanbul, tend to take a little longer to get rid of the crispness of Spring. Average high temperatures in Turkey in May range from 17°C (63°F) in Istanbul, between 13°C and 25°C (55 to 77°F) in Izmir and 20°C (68°F) in Antalya on the Mediterranean coast. The average sea temperatures in Izmir in May are 18°C (64°F), Antalya’s water temperatures are slightly warmer at 20°C (69°F). Due to its northerly location, Istanbul still has slightly cool sea temperatures of 15°C (59°F). Visitors to Istanbul in May can expect an average of ten hours of sunshine per day.
What’s on in Turkey in May
Speed freaks and car fanatics flock to Turkey in May for the annual Turkish F1 Grand Prix. This international event is the perfect excuse to visit Turkey before the holiday rush. The more culturally minded visitors can enjoy the Istanbul International Puppet Festival in May. Puppeteers and puppet-makers, from around the world, head to Istanbul for this popular event. The festival includes puppet exhibitions and puppet shows and demonstrations at various locations throughout Istanbul, particularly the French Culture Centre, Taksim Square and Sultanahmet Square.
What to Pack
Beachwear is advisable for tourist heading to Turkish resorts in May. However, a light cardigan or jersey is also necessary. Some parts of Turkey are quite conservative and the appropriate attire is necessary. Visitors wishing to go sightseeing should also keep in mind that many religious buildings will require more formal or modest dress codes. One of the best reasons to go to Turkey is the fantastic shopping opportunities, particularly in Istanbul, so be sure to check your credit card balance before you leave as shopping sprees are inevitable.