There are a lot of things to factor in when preparing to travel in Turkey. This week was the first overcast week of the Fall in Antalya and so the weather issues that may crop up during your trip to Turkey are in the forefront of my mind. It would be horrible to come to a place like Antalya expecting a beach vacation and then end up spending the majority of your time inside while it rains, or is too cold to don the bathing suite you finally lost enough weight to fit. Obviously the weather channel and a good almanac is not enough to go on. So, stop wondering whether the weather will be good or bad and follow the money to the rainbow’s end.
While I can’t give you more than a local’s perspective on the weather what I can tell you is that high season rates are set around the probability of good weather. In tourism, when the prices drop your chances of bad weather increase exponentially. This means that beginning mid-September and ending in early Mary you can expect to be surprised by unpleasant weather. You may even find yourself writing home with the spoonerism, “the weather’s here, wish you were beautiful.”
So, for those of you wanting to beat the odds and looking to enjoy a sunny but marginally less expensive trip to Turkey, I suggest you hug the edges of off season, pay a bit less for your hotels and airfare and bring a rain jacket. Those of you looking for optimal weather, but don’t want to suffer from extreme heat try coming during one of the first or last three weeks of the tour season – late May or early September. These are the times of the year when you can bear to be outside without suffering heat stroke under the hot summer sun.
Again regionally things may vary. For example while Istanbul, Ephesus, Bodrum and Cappadocia are not nearly as humid as Antalya, they do have a higher chance of rainfall in the high season months. Antalya on the other hand remains hot enough that all their condensation happens only in the form of sweat. In Cappadocia you can expect snow while in Bodrum, Izmir and Antalya you would only have rain in the winter times. Istanbul gets snow but it rarely lasts and the city is quite beautiful when it does.
While Dos Plumas can do some rudimentary forecasting of the weather we can not give you any promises as I’m sure you know, our best suggestion is to follow the trends in price note the high season travel rates and dates and don’t trust the weather reports. I encourage your lack of trust because I am currently three days into a one day rain forecast. Stay dry.
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