Cappadocia Weather

When you are visiting Cappadocia this information is very important to know as you make packing decisions.

The problem with writing a post like this is that unlike the tropics, Cappadocia weather is quite unpredictable, at least in regards to specific days.
Cappadocia weather sunset

However, when observed from a distance, general patterns do emerge. Let us go through the year and give an idea of what you can expect. Then at the bottom of the page we give links to detailed weather charts from past years.

Generally speaking Cappadocia’s air is not humid but rather more arid, even when it rains. By the next day you think that maybe the rain was a figment of your imagination.

WINTER

By late October the coal is burning to heat houses and hotels and will continue through April. The snow can fall as early as November but generally will not stick until late December. From there it can continue intermittently through April but will be rare after March 1.
If you want to get a sense of Cappadocia in the snow, click to see 18 photos of a Cappadocia Winter Wonderland

Even without snow you should expect to wear a jacket starting in October and heavy coats from mid-November through March. The locals officially put there coal burning stoves away on May 1 so until then they expect that it may be cold enough to need heat, at least at night. This does not mean that every day is cold as there will be warm spells, but the temperature could still drop until that May date.

SPRING

From May through late June and even into early July we expect spring weather which means warm days with cool nights. Rain is not uncommon. In my opinion this is the best time to visit as the trees are budding, life is stirring again, everything is available, and the temperatures are perfect for seeing all the sites both indoor and outdoor. At the same time, this is the most unpredictable weather and probably the time when the most cancellations occur for the balloons.

SUMMER

Sometime in the first two weeks of July the temps move into the officially hot range (40 celsius, 100+ fahrenheit) and stay that way for 2-4 weeks. For a couple of weeks even the nights are hot. By mid to late August this heat wave has passed, and everyone starts thinking of fall. During these two months it will rain once or twice at most.

FALL/AUTUMN

By mid-September fall has descended and again Cappadocia has entered the prime visiting time until mid to late October, and the year has come full circle. This is the time we sit on our balcony and marvel at how blessed we are to live here.

This gives you a full year of Cappadocia weather, but I recommend that you check online (you can see the weather in the sidebar to the right on this site) a day before you leave so as to get the specific weather for those days. Even so, in spring and fall especially, do not be surprised if the weather varies from the forecast.

DETAILED REPORTS OF PAST YEARS
We are tracking the weather each day and then at the end of each month we post the results. Click on the links below to see the weather details for past years. Of course, weather changes from one year to the next, but this should give you a good idea of what to expect for the month, if not for the actual days.
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH
APRIL
MAY
JUNE
JULY – Coming Soon
AUGUST – Coming Soon
SEPTEMBER – Coming Soon
OCTOBER – Coming Soon
NOVEMBER
DECEMBER


Please help other travelers and share any notes about the weather when you were here that would be good to know for their planning purposes.

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Duke Dillard moved to Turkey with his wife and 6 children in 2007. He got an MBA at Bilkent University in Ankara, where they had their 7th child. After 4 years in Ankara the whole family moved to Cappadocia, and this blog was born. We love Cappadocia and Cappadocians and want to help visitors make the most of their time here. You can connect with Duke on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, and/or link circles on Google+. Click here to read more about Duke and his family.