Weather in Istanbul

Istanbul has four distinct seasons. Winters are cold and rainy, and there is very often snow. The snow can sometimes be very heavy – enough to justify schools being closed. Spring is probably the nicest season of the year. It can be rainy, but a riot of flowers bloom in Spring, particularly tulips.

The Judas Tree also blooms for a short while at this time of the year and during this period Istanbul is bathed with swathes of purple flowers. Summers can be hot and humid, and an air-conditioner is very useful. Autumns are mild with many Indian Summer days.

There is no real ‘Fall’ to be seen in Istanbul, although the trees do lose their leaves.