Iran Is The Land of Four Seasons!
Iran a vast country with an area of 1,648,195 km² is the 17th largest in the world. So, when we talk about Iran weather, we are describing a country with diverse climates. You can experience different temperatures in each region of this vast country. There is climatological diversity with three types of climate.
- Dry and semi-dry climate
- Moderate mountainous climate
- Caspianic climate
In the northwest and west of Iran, winter is cold with heavy snowfalls. Spring and fall are mild, while summer is dry and hot. However, in the south parts, winter is mild but the summer is hot. You can experience dry weather in the deserts and humid climate near the Caspian Sea in the north.
Best Time to Visit Iran
As Iran is a vast country, you can travel to this land whenever you like and choose a region that has nice weather at your trip time. But when it comes to choosing a season to travel to Iran, we usually focus on most popular cities located on the Classic Route of Iran including Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Yazd, Kerman, and Kashan. The hottest and driest months in these cities are June, July and August.
High Season in Iran
Start: early March
End: early June
You can experience nice temperatures in most regions. Iran’s weather becomes mild, the sky is clean and sometimes a short raining makes the weather more gorgeous. Tour services’ prices are the highest and most of the hotels are almost fully booked. So if you want to plan for your Iran tour during this time, you have to book your hotels and other services sooner. On the other hand, during the Nowruz festival starting from March 21st till April 3rd, you will experience even higher prices and more crowded cities. Prices in hotels go up and availability goes down in April.
Shoulder or middle Season in Iran
Start: early June
End: middle of October
As the most duration of the shoulder season is during summer and Iran weather becomes dry and very warm in most parts of Iran, there are fewer travelers, the services’ prices are lower and most of the hotels are available.
It is suggested not to choose southern cities and islands during summer, because the weather would be unbearably hot. The best option for shoulder season in Iran is traveling to northwest regions, like Tabriz, Ardebil, Kordestan, Uramanat, Kermanshah, Hamedan, Shahrekord and Yasuj.
But when fall is starting the weather becomes mild and you can experience gorgeous weather while the services’ rates are more reasonable and the hotels are less crowded in comparison with the high season. The weather during September and October is good for eco-tourism.
Low Season in Iran
Start: middle of October
End: late of February
Iran weather during winter is bitterly cold and dry. And it is not suggested to choose destinations like desert or mountains (in west and northwest). But if you like to do skiing, Iran ski resorts are amazing during winter. We advise that you go to mountainous areas with experience guides to avoid the dangerous frozen spots.
You can also travel to southern parts of Iran such as the Kish and Qeshm islands which have mild weather during winters.
Obviously, during low season the hotels have good offers and most of the rooms are available.
Most Frequent Questions and Answers about Iran Weather
Generally, Iran climate varies between the subtropical aridity of the desert and the eastern Mediterranean subtropical humidity.
Iran is a four-season country, that each of its regions has a unique climate. In the winter (mid-December till mid-March) Iran weather is cold with snowfall in some places while it is mild in the south of the country. In summer (mid-June till mid-September) in most of the regions, Iran weather is hot and dry while is cool in the mountainous area. The weather during spring and fall is mild in most parts of Iran.
The best time to visit Iran starts from mid-February and lasts until the end of May. And, in the second half of the year is from September till mid-November.
The answer is yes. In many regions of Iran, snowfalls occur during winter (about November-February). Mainly, the snow comes in the mountainous areas of this country. Hence there are several ski resorts near Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Mashhad, Tabriz, etc. Among them, Dizin, Shemshak, Tochal, Pooladkaf and Chelgerd ski resorts are top-rated.
Although Iran's climate is not similar in different regions, in general, January is the coldest month, with the temperature near zero to many parts of the country. On the other hand, August is the hottest month with a temperature more than 30°C in many regions.
Although Iran has vast deserts, it is not totally a desert. Mainly, the deserts stretch from the center to the east and southeast of the country. On the other hand, there are several forests in the north, west, and northwest of Iran that the most important one is the Hyrcanian forest (UNESCO heritage natural site), near the Caspian Sea. Also, Iran has two vast mountain ranges, Alborz Mountain and the Zagros Mountains. Moreover, there are coastal areas in the north and south of the country. And finally, Iran has several Islands in the Persian Gulf.