So, instead, we’ll take a look at the seven regions of Turkey. Truth be told, even the regions are large enough and varied enough in weather and climate to make it worth your while to check out the average climate in specific cities – but this guide should give you some idea of what you’ll experience.
The date below was gathered from many sources, but a particular thank you to Holiday Weather.
Extreme weather and natural disasters in Turkey
Turkey’s history is dotted with destructive earthquakes (the most ferocious, the infamous Antioch earthquake, happened in 526AD, killing around 250,000 people). Building damage has often been more extensive than it might have been, due to substandard architectural materials – but the Turkish government is pressing for more earthquake-resistant buildings.
Istanbul is one of the areas at greatest risk for a powerful earthquake. The probability of a major earthquake hitting the city is about 2% annually – putting it on about the same level as Tokyo or San Francisco.
Heavy flooding hits Turkey several times a year. Flash floods strike urban areas with worrying regularity due to heavy rainfall, inadequate drainage and ill-advised (and often illegal) construction on floodplains.
Forest fires are a real threat in the wooded areas of Turkey. Most fires are started by humans (e.g. campfires that get out of control, broken glass magnifying the sun’s rays) rather than directly by weather (e.g. lightning strike, spontaneous combustion due to heat) – but, of course, climate change is increasing the risk of both.
Response times, warning systems and intervention measures in Turkey have been improving. But government response is still often criticised as slow and some communities have even accused the government of deliberate lack of assistance.