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Climate in Turkey

Climate In Turkey For the climate in the Mediterranean, Aegean and Southern Marmara regions, the general Mediterranean climate is dominant; summers are hot and dry, winters are mild and rainy. Frosts are rare and snowfall is almost unknown. The rainy season lasts from November to March. The best times to visit the region are in April, May, June, early July, September and October. You can check the weather forecast for Turkey before coming to Turkey at www.meteor.gov.tr by searching for the city names (Istanbul, Nevsehir (for Cappadocia), Izmir (for Ephesus), etc. The average Temperatures of Day & night in Celsius (Farenheit) by 7 Geographical Regions.Turkey enjoys a temperate Mediterranean climate that features a hot and dry summer and a cold winter. Summer remains hot and dry with the average high temperature of 30°C. Northern Turkey, however, remains moderately hot as the maximum temperature in the regions hardly climbs to 28°C. Winter in northwest region like Istanbul comes in late December and lasts till March. The average high temperature in winter fluctuates between 11°C and 14°C while the low may fall below 5°C. During the winter months Turkey gets snow on the coastal regions of the Sea of Marmara for a few days. Turkey receives a great level of precipitation, especially at the Black Seas coast, throughout the year. Generally speaking, rainfall is less to the east. The Black Sea coast receives the greatest amount of rainfall and the eastern part of that coast is the only region of Turkey that receives rainfall throughout the year.

Alcoholic beverages

The local drink in Turkey is usually raki, liquor made with grapes and anisette. It is clear, but turns white when mixed with water or ice, and has a sweet liquorish taste. Selection of local wines, beers and international alcoholic beverages can be found easily on stores & bars.

Food and Drinking Water

This is an important subject that is of great concern to everyone who travels abroad. While we do our best to ensure that the strictest norms of hygiene are maintained by all hotels we stay at and all restaurants we use, it pays to be prudent. DON’T drink tap water and DON’T eat street food. Bottled water, soft drinks, beer, coffee, and tea are fine.

Turkey Local Time

GMT+3 hours (April-September) GMT+2 hours (October-March). Same Time period for all of Turkey.

Turkey Money Matters

The currency of Turkey is the TL, with coins of 1 Kr, 5 Kr, 10Kr, 25 Kr, 50 Kr, 1 TL. Banknotes in circulation are; 200 TL, 100 TL, 50 TL, 20 TL, 10 TL and 5 TL Please check the accurate conversions from The Central Bank of Turkey website at http://tcmb.gov.tr/yeni/eng/ Most major credit cards (visa and master card are the most widely accepted) are recognized and accepted in Istanbul and in larger towns. ATM cash machines are available in many towns, with access to the Cirrus, Plus and Maestro systems. Changing money upon arrival in Turkey, rather than in the US is recommended. There is a banking counter at the airport in Istanbul.