Weather in Turkey in August

Is August a good time to visit Turkey?

There are pros and cons to visiting Turkey in August. Some of the pros for choosing to go to Turkey in August are that it’s summer; the weather in August in Turkey is warm and sunny; there are lots of popular events in Turkey in August and lastly, August is peak tourist season for Turkey. However, because Turkey is so popular in August it does mean that the accommodation books up quite quickly. Also many of the resort areas may feel more British than Turkish. Flights to Turkey in August can also be slightly more expensive because there is more of a demand. Travelling to Turkey in August seems to have something to offer all holidaymakers: the beaches a warm and inviting, the days are long and there are lots of off-the-beaten-track destinations to explore and discover.


Climate in Turkey in August

Turkey’s climate in August is warm to hot and dry – perfect beach weather. The coastal regions along the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Sea areas are all popular in summer and the average sea temperature in August in Turkey is 24°C (75°F). Daily hours of sunshine in August in Turkey tend to be approximately twelve hours per day. Summer temperatures in Ankara range between 13 and 28°C (55 to 82°F). Turkey’s Mediterranean coast enjoys temperature averages in August of 20 to 34°C (68 to 93°F) with slightly cooler averages in the northern areas and warmer temperatures on the coast of southwestern Turkey. Istanbul’s average summer climate is hot and dry and average temperatures are 21 to 28°C (70 to 82°F).


What’s on in Turkey in August

The coast is the place to be for summer in Turkey. Bodrum, on the Aegean coast, hosts the annual Bodrum International Ballet Festival during August and into September. Famous ballet companies perform well-known productions at this popular summer event in Turkey: The Aegean Festival in Bodrum, at the Yalikavak Marina, takes place for a week in August. Visitors can expect art exhibitions including photography, sculpture and painting. Traditional Turkish music, as well those with some Greek influence, is performed at the festival. There are also dance performances to keep festivalgoers entertained.


What to pack for a holiday in Turkey in August

Packing for a holiday in Turkey in August is easy. Visitors with coastal destinations should pack beachwear and light summer clothing such as t-shirts, skirts, shorts and strappy tops. The coastal resorts along the northern part of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast can get slightly cooler at night so a light cardigan or jersey will be a wise addition to your suitcase items. Mosquito repellent is needed in some parts of Turkey in August. Visitors travelling to remote parts of Turkey should pack comfortable and cool linen clothing as well as some slightly more modest gear for the more conservative areas of the country. Modest clothing is also recommended for holidaymakers wishing to visit many of the popular religious tourist sights in cities such as Istanbul.