Marmaris, a port city and major tourist destination in the south-west of Turkey on the Mediterranean coast, has long, hot, humid summers and mild, rainy winters. The resort town is located on the coastline of the fantastic Turkish Riviera and has a wonderful Mediterranean climate. Surrounded by mountains that trap the warmth, Marmaris is a pleasant place nearly all year round.
The hot summers last for months, while the winters are mild, rainy and short. The hottest months in Marmaris are July and August, with average daily temperatures of 28°C and peaks as high as 42°C. These months also see the least rainfall, have the highest sea water temperatures and the most hours of sunshine. The summer months are the absolute high season in Marmaris, Turkey. The best times to visit, however, are either late spring or early fall. The months of June and September have less of the summer holiday crowds and temperatures are a little lower. It barely rains in the resort from May through September.
Winters are mild and rainy. The occasional storm is possible, but generally isn’t long-lasting. Frost is extremely rare and oftentimes it is still possible to swim and sunbathe, even in mid-winter. Winter is by far the cheapest time to visit, too. The average number of hours of sunshine per day doesn’t drop below seven all year round, with peaks of fourteen hours of sunshine in July.
Summer in Marmaris can be unbearably hot with temperatures regularly getting into the high 30s and occasionally even peaking in the 40s. Summer begins in June and lasts until late September; average daily temperatures range between 24°C and 28°C. The lowest average daily temperatures are between 17°C and 21°C, while the average high temperatures fluctuate between 31°C and a hot 35°C. The temperature of the sea water is comfortably warm in summer, ranging from 23°C in June to 26°C in August.
Long Beach, Marmaris.
July and August are the hottest months and see around fourteen hours of sunshine a day. The resort’s hottest day ever was in July and the scorching temperature that was measured reached higher than 45°C.
Marmaris’ population of 18,000 explodes in the summer season and reaches between 300,000 and 400,000. The relentless heat and overcrowding can put tourists at risk of dehydration. It is important to put on sunscreen and a hat, drink plenty of water and avoid drinking alcohol during the day. Heat, sunshine and minimal rain are guaranteed between May and October, with average days of rainfall per month ranging from 4 to 9. Many people may prefer to avoid the resort during July and August, as the resort is so pleasant right before and after the very peak of the season (in June and September). Daytime temperatures already reach 20°C by April and can remain as warm as that into early November.
Summer has by far the most hours of sunshine per day. Peaks can be expected in July, with up to 14 hours of sunshine a day. With sea water temperatures as high as 26°C, this is clearly the best time to go swimming and sunbathing.
Spring and autumn merge with winter and comprise a mild and rainy season from November through March. This period has an average of 12 to 14 days of rainfall per month, with absolute peaks in January and December. Hours of sunshine range from 7 to 9 per day throughout the entire winter season.
Icmeler Island beach.
Daytime temperatures in November still average around 15°C, but gradually decrease to a cool but not freezing 10°C in January, Marmaris’ coldest month. The evening temperature can get down to 13°C throughout October, after which it steadily gets colder, reaching a night time average of 5°C in January and February. From March through May the nightly temperatures rise again from 7°C to 13°C and then jump up to 18°C in June, the start of a new summer. Mid-winter temperatures are possibly too cool for a real beach holiday. They are, however, mild enough to be in a T-shirt in the sun. This may just be the best time to explore the area.
The amount of rainfall increases throughout the fall season. October has an average of 81mm of precipitation, spread out over 12 rainy days. The months of January and December both have 14 days of rainfall on average, with an amount of precipitation that exceeds 200mm. December is the wettest month with an average rainfall of 290mm. Rainfall is usually concentrated in heavy rains and winter storms. These downpours are usually restricted to intense bursts. However, they can sometimes cause dangerous flash floods in prone areas. Rainfall decreases as the days warm up again in spring. While February still has 12 days of rainfall and an average total of 170mm, April is already much dryer with 11 days and only 61mm.
Marmaris sits at the meeting place of the Mediterranean and Aegean seas in Turkey. Its surrounding mountains retain much of the heat of the day and shelter the bay, turning the area into a suntrap. The resort is a chosen destination for holiday-makers year round.
Marmaris Long Beach.