Iraq is almost a landlocked country. It lays between Turkey to the north, Iran to the east, Saudi Arabia to the south, the Gulf and Kuwait on the southeast, and Jordan and Syria on the west. It has an extremely short coastline on the Gulf. Iraq experiences the highest temperatures in the world and the sweltering conditions are often accompanied by a persistent wind, the shamal.
The most favorable time for a visit Iraqi Kurdistan, specially Erbil, is during March, April and mid May. During these months, the rolling hills and green plains are alive and still blossoming. Temperatures are pleasant, warm during days, and cool during the nights. The months of October, November and mid December, are great to visit Erbil. Cloudless skies and lovely temperatures are amazingly pleasant for tourism or visiting historical sites.
May through September are summer months and are extremely dry and probably the hottest. Often, the temperatures reach 50 degrees during those months (Celsius). Winter months are quite cool and often with rain. Sometimes snow falls heavily over mountains resulting in ice.
The maximum temperature in Erbil may exceed 50 degrees Celsius in summers and there are rarely any clouds to be seen with a thunderstorm at times. In winters the temperature goes in negative figures i.e. below freezing point. There are minimal rainfalls in summers. Precipitation occurs only in winters and spring and the yearly precipitation rate is nearly 40 to 100 cm.
Whether you are in Ebril now or are planning your next trip to Kurdistan make sure to check our Ebril weather widget. It gives a constant live update of the weather in Ebril.
The figures below are based on long-term weather and climate records. They are an average for Erbil weather in various months.