Weather Overview for Antalya
Antalya is one of Turkey’s favourite tourist destinations. On the South Western coast of Turkey, Antalya is nestled between the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. This idyllic location results in the region basking in a glorious typical Mediterranean climate of long, hot summers and mild winters. Antalya is situated upon a cliff overlooking the sea, and due to its proximity to near by mountain ranges the region is protected from cold northerly winds. Antalya is home to some of the Mediterranean’s cleanest beaches which make it a perfect holiday destination. The resort region plays host to palm lined promenades, a historic castle and a marina which all help give rise to the region being known as the “Turkish Riviera”. Antalya sees, on average, 300 days of uninterrupted sun each year and few days of rain. The region only averages 55.5 days of rain per year with 75% of this occurring in the winter months, spring and autumn sees 16% of this and Summer only 2%.
Summers in Antalya are essentially 8 to 9 months long. April sees an average temperature of 16 ºC, rising to 28 ºC by July and August, 21 ºC in October and returning to a still pleasant 16 ºC in November. July and August give rise to scorching summer heat, with the relentless sun belting out temperatures of over 40 ºC. The highest temperature ever recorded in Antalya in the last 4 decades was 44.6ºC the region often sees temperatures in excess of 40 ºC. Though these maximum temperatures are harsh, the Mediterranean Sea breezes and north easterly winds from the inland provide a welcoming relief. The cool breeze that blows through the city off the sea is particularly refreshing, and the soft westerly wind known locally as the ‘Dokkun’ blows through the town toward the sea and cools the city in the evenings.
View of Antalya City, Turkey.
The Winter months of December through until March witness average temperatures of 12 ºC to 13 ºC, and maintain an average humidity of about 64% which given its time of year, is reasonably high. The average low for December and March sits at 8 ºC, falling to 6 ºC in the months of January and February. December and January are also the wettest months, receiving 238mm monthly precipitation each on average.
Overall, Antalya’s privileged location makes it an exquisite sea side holiday spot. The ocean temperature never falls below 15 ºC and rises to 29 ºC come mid summer. The surrounding mountain ranges result in the formation of narrow coastal plains. Antalya itself is situated on one of these plains and consists of two flat areas where the mountains recede from the shore, this provides for an incredibly picturesque and impressive view over the Gulf of Antalya from throughout the coast.
Beautiful waterfalls in Antalya, Turkey.