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Turkey is a large country with huge variability in climate. Along Turkey's coast, the weather is influenced by the adjacent sea, with the Mediterranean Sea producing its famed hot summers and mild winters. Areas close to the Black Sea have cooler summers and less extreme ranges in temperature. Weather in Turkey's interior features a greater contrast, with hot summers and cold winters.
The capital, Ankara, has warm and dry summers with averages of 68°F (20°C). The winters in Ankara are cold and snowy with January, the coldest month, having an average temperature of 30°F (-1°C). Ankara's rainy season is in spring and it's particularly wet during May.
The majority of expats choose to settle in Istanbul. The city can be windy throughout the year. Summer in Istanbul is from June to September. It features hot and humid weather when the temperature averages 82°F (28°C). Summers are also generally dry, but there may be rain all year round. Winters, which begin in December and end in March, are characterised by cold, wet and occasionally snowy weather. However, temperatures rarely reach a freezing point.
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