Weather in Bodrum by Season

What would you do in your Bodrum vacation? Exploring the area through one of the beautiful hiking trails? Enjoying the sunshine and turquoise crystal waters of the Aegean? Learning about the history at the archaeological sites and the museums in Bodrum? Meeting new people for having a better insight into the local culture? Whatever you are after, it is better to know about the weather in Bodrum before making a move.

Bodrum town center
Bodrum town center

Although weather forecasts usually provide short-term reliable information about Bodrum weather, you need to rely on statistics (and your luck) if you are trying to decide what is the best season for your trip according to your purpose.

I cannot grant you luck, but I can help you by presenting some statistical data to check. I collected weather data from local authorities and organized by season to provide useful information that can be used in your plans.

Here they are… (and good luck!)

Summer Weather in Bodrum

Bodrum summers are what this town is renowned for. It is the season when Aegean welcomes everyone with a sunny smile, warm turquoise waters, and all-night parties.

Bitez beach
Bitez beach

Although there may be times when some lonely clouds show up in the middle of a hot day, the odds are against bad weather. Even if it rains, it will not take long enough to ruin the day.

I have seen summer rain only twice since my first time in Bodrum.

As a newcomer, I was sipping my cold beer with some friends. When it is so hot, there is nothing better than an ice-cold beer. In the blink of an eye, the sky was covered with the darkest clouds I have ever seen. They were just appeared from out of nowhere, followed by heavy rain.

Black clouds in summer
Summer surprise

We were caught completely by surprise. We all grabbed our drinks and rushed into the café. There were no seats available inside, so we asked for the check and paid. Then we moved through the door and saw the bright sun floating in a clear sky. I have never seen anything like that since then. I was like watching a Nat Geo documentary.

Check out the below figures and see it yourself how rare is the rain in the peak season.

Meteorological Data from June to August

June July August
°C °F °C °F °C °F
Average Temprature 25,7 78,3 28,3 82,9 28,0 82,4
Average Highest Temperature 31,2 88,2 34,2 93,6 34,0 93,2
Highest Temperature 42,3 108,1 44,2 111,6 45,0 113,0
Average Lowest Temperature 20,8 69,4 23,3 73,9 23,3 73,9
Lowest Temperature 12,6 54,7 17,8 64,0 18,5 65,3
Average Sea Temperature 22,0 71,6 24,0 75,2 26,0 78,8
Mean Monthly Sunshine Hours 10,4 10,5 10,3
Number of Average Rainy Days 1,4 0,1 0,1
Monthly Average Total Rainfall (kg/m2) 5,0 0,2 0,9
Source : Turkish State Meteorological Service (www.mgm.gov.tr)

As you might notice, the temperatures are the highest from June to August, and the sun shines almost all the time. Weather in Bodrum is just perfect for beach lovers!

On the other hand, you need to avoid heatstroke. Do not spend too much time in excessive temperatures. Wear a hat, a light-coloured t-shirt, a short, sunglasses and put on some sunscreen which you can find at any pharmacy in Bodrum or cosmetics shop. Most importantly: stay hydrated, stay cool!

Think twice before deciding to go for compelling activities like walks and hikes for travelling around the Bodrum Peninsula, visiting ancient cities, going sightseeing tours and taking excursions. Remember, they may not be as fun as you think when it is 45°C out there.

I am a member of a few nature sport groups in Bodrum. We suspend our activities from June to August due to hot temperatures.

Autumn: The Yellow Summer

September and October are my favourite months to be in Bodrum. Locals call them “yellow summer” which is their favourite too.

As back-to-school time approaches, tourists and summer house vacationists set off on their way back home and the town becomes a fishing town rather than a popular touristic destination. This is when locals claim back what is theirs in the first place after working hard for long hours all summer. Now it is time to relax and have some fun for themselves.

The yellow summer of Bodrum
Enjoy the yellow summer!

Walks and hikes start over after the summer break at local clubs. It is a great opportunity to travel to new and exciting places in the Aegean Region. More than 450 local art and culture societies focus on organizing various events covering all billboards around the peninsula with announcements of concerts, conferences, and exhibitions. You can still enjoy Bodrum beaches, boat tours and long nights at hundreds of cafes, bars, and restaurants.

Autumn weather in Bodrum reaches its best now. Warmest water temperatures and sun makes September and October the best time for world’s famous blue cruises.

Meteorological Data from September to November

September October November
°C °F °C °F °C °F
Average Temprature 24,5 76,1 20,3 68,5 15,8 60,4
Average Highest Temperature 30,3 86,5 25,5 77,9 20,2 68,4
Highest Temperature 39,8 103,6 38,9 102,0 31,0 87,8
Average Lowest Temperature 20,4 68,7 16,7 62,1 12,7 54,9
Lowest Temperature 10,8 51,4 10,8 51,4 2,0 35,6
Average Sea Temperature 25,0 77,0 23,0 73,4 20,0 68,0
Mean Monthly Sunshine Hours 9,0 7,2 5,4
Number of Average Rainy Days 1,5 5,1 8,5
Monthly Average Total Rainfall (kg/m2) 10,7 45,0 93,6
Source : Turkish State Meteorological Service (www.mgm.gov.tr)

After a busy summer with long working hours, locals are relaxed, full of joy. Just say “hello” and start long and pleasant conversations.

Decrease in hotel prices and flight rates makes this wonderful atmosphere even better.

As the season moves towards November, some hotels and entertainment venues shut down their facilities. By November, the coastline of smaller towns such as Bitez, Torba, Akyarlar and Gumbet look abandoned. Walking along deserted shores has always made me feel peaceful and gloomy at the same time.

Although there is still a substantial number of hotels stay open all year, some restaurants and bars prefer to open their doors only for weekends when big city runaways fill the streets regardless of the season.

Essential clothing for summer would work for autumn as well: hats, t-shirts, shorts, sunglasses, sunscreens, and swimsuits. In addition, a sweatshirt, a light raincoat, and a jean in your luggage would keep you on the safe side, especially in November.

Aegean weather can be quite unpredictable from October to May.

Capricious Winter

Rain generally comes with the winter, so the northeaster and southwester winds. January and February are the coldest months. When 70-80% humidity and northeaster winds get together, it can be freezing even at the temperatures above 10°C. There have been times that I thought my ears about to fall. I live in a city with a continental climate, and I have never felt like that even at below zero temperatures.

A windy winter day in Bodrum
Winter has its own beauty

Weather in Bodrum can be capricious, especially in winters. Being stuck indoors would be the worst-case scenario. Heavy rains lasting for days can make it happen. On the other hand, you may find yourself in a loop between the rain and the sun which can continue all day, over and over.

I have some friends who swim regularly, no matter if it is winter or not. I am definitely not one of them. However, I have seen many foreigners taking all opportunities for running to beaches. I suspect they were from northern countries. It is better for you to check the average sea temperatures and decide for yourself.

Meteorological Data from December to February

December January February
°C °F °C °F °C °F
Average Temprature 12,7 54,9 11,4 52,5 11,3 52,3
Average Highest Temperature 16,4 61,5 15,2 59,4 15,2 59,4
Highest Temperature 24,5 76,1 23,1 73,6 24,0 75,2
Average Lowest Temperature 9,7 49,5 8,3 46,9 8,1 46,6
Lowest Temperature 0,2 32,4 -1,6 29,1 -4,5 23,9
Average Sea Temperature 18,0 64,4 17,0 62,6 16,0 60,8
Mean Monthly Sunshine Hours 4,3 4,5 5,3
Number of Average Rainy Days 13,0 12,0 11,4
Monthly Average Total Rainfall (kg/m2) 149,0 135,5 116,0
Source : Turkish State Meteorological Service (www.mgm.gov.tr)

Rain and wind are the essentials of this season. Still, I would take a couple of light clothes with me just in case. It is the Mediterranean; the sun may surprise you anytime.

Changing colours at Ortakent
Rain changes colours

Bring your beret to protect your ears, put on your water-proof shoes, wear a water-proof coat.

One thing you will not see is the snow. Most of the children have never seen snow in their life. Some locals say that the last time snowflakes fell on the peninsula was 10-15 years ago and it took only a minute. The others insist that it was in the 70’s. I don’t know which one is true, but I know I would love to see this beautiful Aegean town covered with snow.

My experience with the popular forecast providers (like the ones we have on mobile phones) is that they are not reliable in rapid changes of winter weather. For the same reason, locals, especially seamen, usually follow hourly forecasts from marine forecast stations like Windguru.

Spring Weather in Bodrum

The spring means a celebration of life in most cultures. In the Mediterranean Basin, nature never sleeps or rests. When March comes, it just diversifies to new dazzling colours and scents filling the scenery.

Spring at Bars Street
Weather is still unstable in March and April

The spring temperatures are like autumn. Until the end of April, it may be difficult to anticipate whether it will be clear or cloudy. Still, this is a pleasant time to be in Bodrum.

Weather is still unstable especially in March and April. Aegean Sea is at its lowest temperatures after the winter. Getting caught in rain should be no surprise but feeling cold should be. You always know the sun is behind the clouds ready to appear on the slightest opportunity.

Meteorological Data from March to May

March April May
°C °F °C °F °C °F
Average Temprature 13,2 55,8 16,4 61,5 20,9 69,6
Average Highest Temperature 17,6 63,7 21,0 69,8 26,0 78,8
Highest Temperature 28,7 83,7 30,8 87,4 37,2 99,0
Average Lowest Temperature 9,7 49,5 12,7 54,9 16,5 61,7
Lowest Temperature -1,8 28,8 2,8 37,0 8,0 46,4
Average Sea Temperature 16,0 60,8 17,0 62,6 19,0 66,2
Mean Monthly Sunshine Hours 6,2 7,3 9,1
Number of Average Rainy Days 8,7 6,9 3,3
Monthly Average Total Rainfall (kg/m2) 72,7 37,0 16,2
Source : Turkish State Meteorological Service (www.mgm.gov.tr)

This is a perfect season for exploring the region. It is cool enough to take long hikes and walks in the mountains, but it is warm enough to open the summer season with your new t-shirt collection.

In May, the beaches, hotels, and entertainment venues start opening their doors to newly arrived guests. You may be caught in rain, but it is hard to feel the cold even if you are wet.

Although a short and a t-shirt would be probably enough for any outdoor activities, I would keep a light raincoat close. After the sunset, it can get a little bit chilly. A sweater and a jean are all you need to keep yourself warm all night long.

I usually carry a small backpack with my raincoat and a sweatshirt packed in. It also makes it easier to carry your camera, book, water or whatever you

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