Ankara - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the overall climate: is it extremely hot or cold, wet or dry, at any time of year, for example?

Hot in the summer, cold in the winter - it’s the steppe. Always very dry, which is a plus for some and a minus for others - Nov 2023

Due to elevation, the air is very dry in Ankara, but we do enjoy all four seasons. - Jan 2023

Ankara is pretty similar to Washington, DC in my mind, but drier. We get all four seasons, including snow in the winter. Our past two winters have averaged about 15" of snow in Park Oran (which gets more than in the downtown area due to its higher elevation). July-September is pretty dry with minimal rain. Summer in Ankara gets in the 90s, but it is dry. And we have cooler days sprinkled in. Fall and spring are delightful. Winter is often the 30s, with mornings in the 20s. Might warm up to the 40s. - Nov 2021

The climate is extremely dry and hot in the summer, so sun screen and regular hydration is recommended. Winters are mild, but will see snow. It rains infrequently. It stays quite warm until late October, and begins to warm up again in March/April. - Sep 2020

Ankara has four distinct seasons. Summers touch 95 degrees Fahrenheit while it is cold and snowy in the winter. Spring and fall are pleasant! - Oct 2018

Four distinct seasons. Very hot in summer, and extremely cold in winter. To me, European winter clothing is not warm enough and you will need polar jackets and heavy, knee-high boots for the snow.

When the ice freezes over on the street, it is very slippery. I knew several people who fell and broke bones. So, I think you need winter boots with good grip on the soles. - Oct 2018

Ankara is at about 3000 ft elevation, so it is a little cooler and dryer here than other places on the coast. You get all four seasons here. Usually mid-90s in the summer, and snow in the winter. - Sep 2018

Four seasons. - Jul 2018

Hot and dry summers, quickly switches to a chilly fall, and then a three month winter with snow. Ankara is half a mile up, so we have more snow than the coasts of Turkey where it's still summer in October. - Oct 2017

Lower to mid 90s in the summer and can get down to single digits in the winter. Ankara has all seasons. If you dress accordingly you won't have any issues. - Sep 2017

Ankara has all seasons. Hot in the summer with wonderful beaches to enjoy and cold in the winter with great skiing. - Jun 2017

Hot in the summer, cold in the winter. Overall dry. Someone once described Ankara as "50 shades of Khaki." - Sep 2016

Hot in the summer and cold in the winter. - Jun 2016

The weather in Ankara was moderate, winter is winter, summer is hot but not desperately so. You can easily travel to snow for skiing or the coast for beaches. - Aug 2015

It is very similar to the DC area. A little colder in the winter. - Jun 2015

There are four distinct seasons. Summer is dry and hot, but evenings are cool and you often need a sweater if you're outside. Autumn and spring are beautiful, with some spring thunderstorms and rain, but no "rainy season". Winter can be cold, dry, and overcast. It does snow, and winter only lasts about 3 months, so it's tolerable. - Apr 2015

Squalls. Ankara is a bit windswept. Each winter has been different - from super snow, to ice fog that won't leave for a month, to intermittent and accumulating flurries that disappear in the dry air rather quickly. If you are in the higher elevations of the city, the 1000 feet more makes a difference in what you experience. - Feb 2015

4 distinct seasons, with neither summer nor winter being very harsh. Nice rain and thunderstorms in the spring. Some streets and sidewalks can flood over when there's a lot of heavy rain. Dry in Ankara, humid along the coasts and in Istanbul. - Jun 2014

4 seasons ranging from hot summers to mild winters. - Apr 2014

Four seasons, winters vary from mild to severe. The spring is beautiful and green and everyone sits out and has tea on their balconies or picks fruit from trees on the street. - Mar 2014

Four seasons, mild winters and mostly dry. - Mar 2014

Ankara is very dry with an average humidity level below 20%. It rains infrequently, and last winter only had a moderate amount of snow. In the previous winter, Ankara had a lot of snow. - Jul 2013

Hot dry summers, beautiful spring and autumn, colder winters with some -- but not a lot of -- snow. - Aug 2011

Four seasons, like DC. - Jul 2010

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