Bad weather activities, when it rains

The climate in Istanbul is mild, shaped by the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.

Below we have put together great activities in case it rains in Istanbul.

When the weather forecast predicts rain for Istanbul, it often has a different meaning than in Germany.

In the summer months between April and mid-October, the rain rarely lasts longer than half an hour to an hour.

In winter, especially from November to March, there are also long-lasting rain showers in Istanbul. Sometimes it even snows in Istanbul during the cold season.

We have put together the best activities you can do on a rainy day to keep everyone warm and dry during your trip.

Good activities for bad weather 

Museums, attractions and sights to stay warm and dry.

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Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı)

The beautiful Beylerbeyi Palace is located on the Asian shore ...

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Beylerbeyi Palace – A Pearl of the Ottoman Period

Chora church was built between 527 and 575 on the ...

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Chora Church (Kariye Müzesi)

The magnificent Dolmabahçe Palace dates back to the time of ...

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Dolmabahçe Palace – The New Town of the Ottoman Empire

The Grand Bazaar has always been the heart of the ...

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Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı)

Built on the foundations of the Great Palace of Constantinople, ...

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Great Palace Mosaic Museum (Büyük Saray Mozaikler Müzesi)

The once mightiest church of early Christianity is considered the ...

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Hagia Sophia – The Church of Holy Wisdom

Have you ever looked into a sailor’s map of the ...

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Istanbul Naval Museum (Deniz Müzesi)

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Istanbul Shopping Guide

Follow your nose! The Spice Bazaar, also called Egyptian Bazaar, ...

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The Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı)

The Topkapi Palace, whose name is derived from the vernacular ...

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Topkapı Palace – Center of a former Empire

The collection of the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is ...

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Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Türk ve Islam Eserleri Müzesi)

 In which months does it rain in Istanbul?

During the summer months, the weather in Istanbul is comparatively dry.

Between April and September there is usually only a few days of rain. The rainfall rarely lasts longer than 30 minutes to hours.

Between October and March there are also days with gray skies, fog and rainfall. Sometimes it even snows in Istanbul in winter. Photos of snow-covered palm trees in front of Hagia Sophia usually attract worldwide attention.

Climate in Istanbul 

The average annual temperature is 14°C (57°F). The warmest months are July and August with an average of 23°C (73°F). The two coldest months are January and February with just over 5°C (41°F) on average.

During the heat spells, which often last several days and occur from June to early September, summer temperatures can reach over 30°C (86°F) in the shade. The winter, however, is cool or cold and weather is changeable. 

Amount of precipitation: The average annual precipitation is 850 millimeters (33in). Most precipitation falls in the months of November and December with an average of 110 and 124 mm (4,3 and 4,8in). The lowest precipitation is recorded for the months of May, June and July with 36, 37 and 39 mm (1,4-1,5in) on average. Heavy rainfall and flooding occur especially in autumn and winter.

Tickets for rainy days

Good places to stay warm and dry.

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