Kusadasi, a resort town on the west coast of Turkey that straddles the gorgeous Aegean Sea, has a Mediterranean climate with dry and hot summers and mild winters, ideal weather for visiting the resort all year round, in other words. Its area is largely covered by croplands, shrublands, seas, and forests. Winds are most prevalent from the north with minor winds coming in from the south. Wind speeds typically range from 0 m/s to 10 m/s throughout the year, resulting in a constant calm or fresh breeze year round. It lies close to a few fascinating natural and historical attractions, as well as near other coastal resorts, such as Izmir, Gumbet and Cesme.
There are two main seasons in Kusadasi: the cold season and hot season, which basically correlate with winter and summer in other parts of Europe. The shoulder seasons, autumn and spring, experience weather patterns that are a mix of both the cold and warm seasons. Temperatures are more moderate then, while the amount of rainfall is average. These two seasons may, in fact, be the best times of year to visit the resort, if you are looking to do some outdoor activities. Summer, of course, is the prime sunbathing season.
For detailed weather information, you are advised to visit the weather forecast page for Kusadasi. If you would like to know more about how these weather figures are calculated click here.
Beautiful promenade in Kusadasi
The cold season begins in the last week of November and ends in mid-March, essentially overlapping with late-autumn and winter. This season has rare chances of snow with the highest chances being in January, where they are at 2.3%. Temperatures during this season range between the annual average of 9°C in February and 11°C in both December and March. In the afternoon, high temperatures rarely exceed 14°C, while at night, low temperatures rarely drop below 6°C. The lowest temperatures of the entire year are recorded on January 25 with daytime highs and nighttime lows of 11°C and 2°C.
The cold season is also known as the wet season because most of the rainfall in Kusadasi occurs during those months. Probability of rainfall peaks near the start of the cold season on December 4 at 41% and does not drop below 30% for the remainder of the season with an average of 37% probability that rain will occur on any day. The most probable form of precipitation is light rain, which occurs on 39% of the days with rainfall. Thunderstorms are second, occurring on 30% of those days, while, finally, moderate rain is observed on 26% of the rainy days in the cold season. December and January are by far the two wettest months of the year, respectively receiving 152mm and 145mm of rainfall. February comes in third with a total rainfall amount of 105mm. Throughout the cold season, there are no less than about 40 days with precipitation—mostly rain, but occasionally a snowflake may find its way down as well, although that is quite rare.
Because of its rainy character, the cold season is also the cloudier part of the year with cloud cover peaking near its start at 66% (partly cloudy) on December 8 and staying above 50% (partly cloudy) until the season’s conclusion. During these months, skies will be mostly cloudy with small chances of being partly cloudy or mostly clear. This in turn causes the average daily hours of sunshine to remain around 7 hours throughout the season. Of course, this is not low in comparison to elsewhere in Europe, but it is less pleasant than the summer months in Kusadasi.
If, after reading the above information, it wasn’t clear this is not the time of year to go swimming, the average sea temperatures will take away any doubts. The Aegean Sea averages a temperature of 16°C to 18°C now, which isn’t exceptionally cold, but still not warm enough to go swimming – unless, you’re really brave!
This is a great time of year to visit local museums, markets and other (indoor) attractions, while at times, a stroll along the seafront will be a refreshing thing to do as well.
Colourful local crafts in Sirince Village market
The warm season can be described as the complete opposite of the cold season with little to no rainfall, clear skies, and hot temperatures. The warm season begins in June and ends at the end of September—this essentially overlaps with late-spring and summer. Temperatures hit their peak of the year on July 28th with highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C. During this season, nighttime low temperatures for the most part stay above 20°C and the highs above or around 30°C. The average temperature ranges between 23°C in September and 28°C in August, the hottest month of the entire year. The sea temperature also hits its peak of the year at 25°C in August so now is a good time for swimming and sunbathing.
The probability of rainfall during the warm season is very low with an average chance of 7%, while rarely going above a 15% chance and going as low as 3% on July 24th, which is its lowest point of the year. If rainfall does occur during this season, it will most likely be thunderstorms with 58% chance of them occurring. Moderate rain occurs on 23% of the days with rainfall and light rain is observed on 18% of those days. Saying that the warm season is bone-dry wouldn’t be an exaggeration, for between July and August the total amount of rainfall that hits Kusadasi isn’t more than 9mm.
Skies are for the most part clear during the warm season with cloud cover averaging merely 10% (mostly clear). During these months, cloud coverage rarely exceeds 20% and dips to its lowest point of the year on July 23rd at 2%.
These gloriously clear skies, in turn, cause the average daily hours of sunshine to be around 13 hours. July is the sunniest month of them all, with 14 hours of sunshine per day.
Waterfront at Kusadasi
Months that are not a part of either season fall into the category of shoulder months. April and May enjoy conditions such as gradually decreasing rainfall totals and cloud cover, and gradually increasing average temperatures and sunshine hours toward the warm season.
October and November, on the other hand, experience the opposite conditions. They are characterised by gradually increasing rainfall and cloud cover, and gradually decreasing temperatures toward the cold season.
Both periods enjoy much cooler temperatures than summer and much more comfortable temperatures than winter. Additionally, because rainfall is limited, although it does rain occasionally, these may be the ideal the times to visit Kusadasi for anyone looking to participate in outdoor pursuits.