The weather outside may be frightful, but the best things to do in winter in Alanya are just so delightful
There are a lot of incredible things to do in winter, which only reinstates how the city that never sleeps certainly doesn’t hibernate during the colder months. There are many exciting events during the rainiest time of year, including a winter carnival and festivals to keep everybody entertained. For something a bit more snuggly, check out the coziest restaurants and bars in Alanya or lounge inside a sauna at one of the best spas. Don’t forget that Alanya is absolutely gorgeous in winter, so bundle up and go out to admire all the snow-covered trees at the best Alanya parks, and enjoy fun winter celebrations.
Average Weather in Alanya
In Alanya, the summers are hot, humid, arid, and clear and the winters are long, cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 48°F to 90°F and is rarely below 40°F or above 97°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best times of year to visit Alanya for hot-weather activities are from early June to early August and from mid August to late September.
The hot season lasts for 3.2 months, from June 14 to September 20, with an average daily high temperature above 84°F. The hottest day of the year is July 29, with an average high of 90°F and low of 79°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.8 months, from December 1 to March 27, with an average daily high temperature below 64°F. The coldest day of the year is January 23, with an average low of 48°F and high of 58°F.
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
In Alanya, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Alanya begins around May 18 and lasts for 4.7 months, ending around October 7. On July 13, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 100% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 0% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 7 and lasts for 7.3 months, ending around May 18. On January 16, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 43% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 57% of the time.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Alanya varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.8 months, from October 21 to April 15, with a greater than 18% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 35% on December 24.
The drier season lasts 6.2 months, from April 15 to October 21. The smallest chance of a wet day is 1% on July 14.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 35% on December 24.
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Alanya experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.7 months, from September 12 to June 3, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around December 20, with an average total accumulation of 5.8 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from June 3 to September 12. The least rain falls around August 4, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
The length of the day in Alanya varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2019, the shortest day is December 22, with 9 hours, 40 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 40 minutes of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 5:33 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 31 minutes later at 8:04 AM on January 6. The earliest sunset is at 5:36 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 38 minutes later at 8:14 PM on June 29.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Alanya during 2019.
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
Alanya experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from June 3 to October 3, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 15% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 10, with muggy conditions 61% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 11, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Alanya experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.4 months, from November 9 to March 22, with average wind speeds of more than 6.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 6, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.5 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.6 months, from March 22 to November 9. The calmest day of the year is May 25, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.2 miles per hour.
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Alanya varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 6.0 days, from May 25 to May 31 and for 4.1 weeks, from August 17 to September 15, with a peak percentage of 34% on August 19. The wind is most often from the north for 2.5 months, from May 31 to August 17, with a peak percentage of 40% on July 9. The wind is most often from the south for 8.3 months, from September 15 to May 25, with a peak percentage of 43% on January 1.
Alanya is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.0 months, from July 1 to October 3, with an average temperature above 79°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 17, with an average temperature of 84°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.3 months, from December 21 to April 30, with an average temperature below 66°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is March 3, with an average temperature of 62°F.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Alanya throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Alanya for general outdoor tourist activities are from late April to mid June and from mid September to late October, with a peak score in the last week of May.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Alanya for hot-weather activities are from early June to early August and from mid August to late September, with a peak score in the last week of June.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
Temperatures in Alanya are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.
Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from May 10 to August 25, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.2 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 29, with an average of 8.5 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from November 3 to February 13, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.5 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 2.3 kWh.
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Alanya are 36.544 deg latitude, 32.000 deg longitude, and 16 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Alanya contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,640 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 161 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (5,433 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (9,436 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Alanya is covered by water (48%), artificial surfaces (21%), and cropland (20%), within 10 miles by water (47%) and trees (28%), and within 50 miles by water (44%) and trees (24%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Alanya, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Alanya.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Alanya according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Alanya is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Alanya and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Antalya Airport (49%, 114 kilometers, west); Nicosia International Airport (29%, 164 kilometers, southeast); and Konya Airport (22%, 167 kilometers, north).
All data relating to the Sun’s position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA’s MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.
We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.