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 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 autumn to be seen in Istanbul, although the trees do lose their leaves.

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