When it’s snowy in the west of Iran, travelers enjoy swimming in the Persian Gulf. It’s due to Iran’s great location. Iran is situated between the Caspian Sea to the north, the Zagros Mountains to the west, the Persian Gulf and Oman sea to the south and Hindu Kush Mountains to the east. The geographic location of Iran causes various weather in different parts of the country. So no matter the time of year, you can enjoy the weather depending on your destination in Iran. In this post, we are going to give you comprehensive information about the weather in Iran, the best time to visit Iran and Iran travel tips.
What is The Best Time of Year to Visit Iran?
When go to Iran? It’s a question that usually comes to mind when you are planning to travel to Iran. Iran is a vast country with different weather conditions. So we are going to explain month by month in Iran to get to know the best time to visit Iran.
Late March to The Beginning of May
Let’s start by the Iranian New year. It’s spring, and the best season in Iran is started. But Iran average temperature in all cities is not the same.
In the main tourist cities like Tehran, Isfahan, Yazd, Kashan, and Shiraz, it’s about 20o C. It’s very likely to rain. But in northwestern parts like Tabriz and Ardabil, winter doesn’t want to end. Temperature is lower than average, and sometimes it’s snowy!
Iranian new year, Nowruz, is on 21st March. Streets are in a very good mood. The Earth has taken a deep breath and trees have blooms. They are the scenes you never see in Iran at other times. It means everywhere is crowded. Hotels and transportations are booked months in advance. All popular sites and cities like Isfahan or Shiraz are packed.
For some travelers who enjoy cozy hotels and quiet historical sites, Nowruz is the worst time to visit Iran. But for another group, experiencing the unique Nowruz circumstance, combined with pleasure climate and drizzle make this time the best time to visit Iran.
If you want to have a special experience with Nowruz, plan your trip in late March.
If you travel after the Nowruz holidays (after 3rd April), you can enjoy the spring weather, uncrowded cities, and lower prices. It’s almost hotter than March. Fields are green, and trees have blossomed. The lush rivers go through the mountains or forests.
If getting in touch with Nowruz isn’t your priority, our suggestion is the beginning of April to May.
After April Iran average temperature goes upper than 20o C. During the orange blossom time, thousands of delicate white flowers scent the air throughout Shiraz. Also, Tehran, Isfahan, Kashan, and Yazd have a great climate. It’s one of the best seasons for hiking or trekking tours in Iran.
In 2019-2020, late of May coincides with Ramadan, the fasting month for Muslims. It’s better to get to know about Ramadan in Iran before planning to travel.
From May to The Beginning of October
From May, the weather gets warmer. Spring almost ends, and summer is coming. June, July and August are the hottest months in Iran. Iran average temperature is more than 35o C. Almost all popular cities like Isfahan, Yazd, and Kashan are located in the center of Iran. It means they have a hot and dry climate. Probable rain is rare.
Where is the best place at this time?
Summer is the time to go to the western and northwestern countryside. Heavy snowfall and sometimes strong winds, make the highlands inaccessible during winter when temperature increases in spring, ice and snowmelt, and short summer in highlands starts.
These highlands have a rich nature. Waterfalls, lakes, and forests with a wide variety of animals are in this part of the country. If you are a fan of canyoning, climbing, or rafting it’s the best time to visit Iran. The western and northwestern parts aren’t the only countryside. Several large and old cities, like Tabriz, Ardabil, and Urmia, are located in those parts. Tabriz is the most populated city in the northwest of Iran. Bazaar of Tabriz is a world heritage site and largest covered Bazaar. Ardabil, another beautiful city in the northwest of Iran, has many mineral springs and beautiful natural landscapes. It can attract many tourists by its beautiful lakes and flourishing mountainous area.
But notice that the end of summer (late September) locals are traveling and roads and hotels are very busy.
From October to Late November
It’s autumn. The temperature is coming down, and Iran climate is getting enjoyable again. So the weather in the center of Iran (Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Yazd, and Kashan) is pleasant. Walking under drizzle in the street and drinking a cup of coffee in local cafes is enjoyable. Green trees lose their color and the yellow, orange, and red leaves come on the scene. Colorful forests are a part of the fall splendor. If you are an autumn lover, the best time to visit Iran is right now. Also, if you like trekking in the Hyrcanian forest in the north of Iran, it’s the time. The beauty of fall is visible in these forests.
Days are getting shorter. Sunset is about 5-6 P.M. Very probable rain is likely. The average temperature is about 20oC in days. The school year is started, so the accommodation is available cheaper.
From November to March
Winter is coming! Snowfall starts from western parts, and in the middle of winter, almost all cities are very cold and snowy. Snowfalls can take several hours or days. The average temperature is about 5-16 in days. But there is a subfreezing temperature in many cities. So you can ski or ride a snowmobile in Iran ski resorts. Recently, snowfall or rainfall has decreased in metropolitans like Isfahan or Tehran. Low temperature and lack of rain caused very polluted air in such cities.
Where is the best destination in winter?
While other parts of Iran are cold, the weather in the southern part is enjoyable. Sunny shores of the Persian Gulf offer delicious warm winter. Moreover, this part of Iran can be a great destination for the adventurer who looks for locations slightly off the beaten. The view of floating boats in Beris harbor or boating beside playful dolphins near Qeshm is another image of Iran. If you like to surf and swim, south of Iran is a good choice in winter.
Iranians have a special ceremony for the longest night in the year: Shab-e-Yalda ceremony (20 Dec). Family members gathered together in warm houses. Usually, grandparents are the hosts. Sometimes they sit around Korsi, a traditional heater, to spend the long nights of the winter by talking, reading ancient poems, and eating some special foods for Yalda until midnight.
Does Iran Have Four Seasons?
Imagine yourself in cold weather under a gray cloudy sky at Tehran airport. After landing in Kish Island, you get surprised. While people have a jacket and jumper in Tehran, Here, people are wandering around with T-shirts. Someone is swimming. A family is flying with a colorful parachute in the sunny blue sky.
Yes, of course, Iran is a four seasons country! Not only in Iran we have from subfreezing winters to boiling summers, but also Iran weather completely differs from one region to another. No matter what kind of activities you like, Iran always offers all of them. The best time to visit Iran is up to you. Here, you don’t need a special period to travel. Just plan for your trip and find the best time. If you need help in planning for your trip, visit our Iran tours page.