What is the weather in Antalya in winter? Is it cold? Is it rainy? Does the snow ever fall? Can you swim in the sea in winter? We will talk about this in our article today.
Many of us are familiar with the hot and sunny climate of the Antalya region during the summer vacations. However, what is the weather in Antalya in winter? Our article is about the weather in Antalya in December.
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Antalya’s unique geographical location accounts for its mild climate. A strip of mountains separates Antalya from the main continent and protects it from cold blows from the North. The Mediterranean sea, heated during the summer, cools down very slowly and warms the city in winter, which creates a comfortable oasis around it.
If you go several dozens of kilometers further to the North, you will see the snow and temperatures below zero. Unlikewise, winters at Antalya’s seafront usually resemble autumn or spring: many bright sunny days and only some showers will remind you that this is a calendar winter.
The evergreen tropical plants still delight the eyes, and even Aloe blossoms, rejoicing in the winter sun. Bright oranges ripen over the trees, giving a charm to your eyes and your purse. In December, the oranges commonly cost not more than 1 or 2 Turkish Lira, and for one dollar, you can buy from 3 to 6 kilo of this fruit.
Over the years of observations, the meteorologists have brought out average temperatures for December. During the day, the temperature goes up to +15 degrees in the shade, while at night, it stays at around +10. The real feel in the sun is close to what you get in the summer – up to 19-20 degrees, and you can wear light clothes, sunbathe and even swim. The December the sea is warmer than the air: +20 degrees and the “beach” season is still open for the locals, to say nothing of the guests from the northern countries, who get used to swimming at such temperatures.
Interesting facts. According to the statistics, the average sea temperature in December and in May is the same! It means that if you swim in the Antalya sea during the Labor Day in May, feel free to do the same in December!