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Iran Weather, Where Diversity Begins

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Like its people, Iran weather is one of the most diverse climates in the world, because of Iran’s placement over the equator and the different types of terrain across the country. There are only 13 different climates in the world, and Iran has 11 of them. Let’s pick a point on the map and work ourselves around this ancient land to learn more about its weather.

Iran Weather In The north

Iran Weather-north of Iran

If anyone has been in Iran longer than a day they would know that when Iranians say “the north”, they are talking about the provinces adjacent to the Caspian Sea. The Terrain and climate in these cities are like none other in the country. These cities are surrounded by the Alborz mountain range, and they keep the humidity within that area, causing beautiful scenery, green mountains covered by rainforests and of course the vast Caspian Sea which is the equivalent of a cherry on top of a sundae.  

Iran Weather-North Of Iran

The north is rainy throughout most of the year, cold during the winter and hot and extremely humid during the summer with lesser rain. Speaking of summer and winter, Iran is a four-season country, meaning at any part of the country you get three months of spring, three months of summer, three months of autumn and yes, you guessed it, three months of winter. Also, while we’re at it, because the Persian calendar was based on the rotation of the earth around the sun, the year starts on the very beginning of the season of Spring.

Iran Weather In The West and Northwest

Mountainous Northwest of Iran. Snowy mountains glowing with sunlight.

In provinces like western and eastern Azerbaijan and Ardabil, because of the mountainous terrain and the high altitude of the region, cities like Tabriz and Urmia, are cooler during the summer, with temperatures close to freezing and lots of snow during the winter. These cities have heavy rainfalls during the spring and fall seasons, which could possibly also cause flooding in different parts. Nevertheless, visiting the northwest during spring and autumn, especially places like the colorful mountains of Tabriz, Lake Urmia, the jungles of Arasbaran and many more would be nothing short of amazing.

Ardabil, Iran. A stretch of road with snow on its sides, riding into the sunset.

The west of Iran is stretched over the Zagros mountains and is home to wonderful cities like Hamedan, Ilam, and Kermanshah. Some villages in this area are unbelievably integrated with the nature surrounding them. The weather in the west is very much like the northwest, extremely cold in the winters and pleasantly cool in the summer. The history of this area dates back to thousands of years, meaning the weather and terrain here has always been welcoming to the people who passed through it.

South and southwest

Qeshm, Iran. Helishot of a group of travelers on the edge of a rocky beach looking onto the Persian Gulf.

The south of Iran is stretched right alongside the Persian Gulf. this makes the climate in this region, hot and humid throughout most of the year. Being the south, it is usually warmer than the rest of the country. Cities like Bushehr, Bandar Abbas and Chabahar are the most famous of the bunch and are more tourist magnets. Just a bit lower than these famous cities, rest the most famous and beautiful islands of the Persian Gulf, Qeshm, Kish and Hormuz Island. These islands have a very unique climate and terrain of their own. The Star Valley, Chahkooh Canyon are just examples of the various types of terrain you can find in these magnificent islands.

Dez Dam, Dezful, Iran. Blue waters and blue skies flowing through tree-covered mountains.

The southwest alone holds half a dozen of Iran’s different climates and terrains within itself. As you make your way from Shahre-Kord to Ahvaz, you will go through mountains, pass lakes and valleys, through cold and hot weathers, clouds, rainfalls, and sunlight. After all the hills and valleys, you will reach the mesmerizing plain of Khuzestan which is home to Ahvaz. The beautiful picturesque landscapes you can find in this region are not like any other in the country so don’t forget to pack your camera.

East, northeast, and southeast

Kaluts, Kerman. Man standing on Kaluts, looking over the vast dry orange desert.

This region of the country has the most unique climate and terrain from all the rest. The Kaluts of Kerman, The windcatchers of Yazd, the high domes of the Lut Desert and the hottest temperature ever recorded on the planet, are all in this vast monstrous beauty. 72 degrees centigrade, is the highest temperature in the world that was recorded in the Lut desert, of course in the dead heat of summer.

Yazd, Iran. An old windcatcher standing tall in the cloudy sky.

The qanats that pass under the ground in this region and the windcatchers of Yazd, all show how in ancient Iran, everybody did everything possible to make life pleasantly enjoyable in the heat of summer. Cities like Yazd, Tabas, Kerman, and Zahedan, rarely get rainfalls during cold seasons and get plenty of sun and heat during the hot seasons.

Central Iran

Isfahan, Iran. Kids in Naqshe Jahan Square, running through the pool in the heat of summer.

Geographically known as the plateau of Iran, central Iran, houses cities like Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, and Kashan. These cities have a common climate throughout most of the year. Four seasons, green landscapes during the spring, hot throughout the summer, beautifully colorful autumns and cold to the bone in the winter.

Fin Garden, Kashan, Iran. Heavy snowfall covering the tall trees and buildings.

In a city like Isfahan, which is located right in the center of Iran, the temperature reaches up to about 40 degrees centigrade in July and August. Thanks to Zayandeh Rud River flowing through this historical city, the weather is a bit bearable in the hot season. However, this region of the country does have dry weather, so if you are from a more humid country, you will have to carry a bottle of water with you everywhere. A lip gloss always helps as well. Being dry also during the winter, the plateau of Iran has frigid winters so be prepared. you can still prepare yourself for Iran’s different climates on different times of the year by visiting weather forecast sites like weather.com

Tehran Weather

Shadow of Milad Tower over Tehran with beautiful clouds

Being located on the base of the Alborz mountain range, Tehran, the capital of Iran, has a unique terrain. on the south side, Tehran is close to the drier regions of the plateau which makes it hot and dry for the most part of the year, and on the north side, it reaches a very high altitude, with colder climates and more humidity. Most Tehranis usually go to the north side of the city to hang out and have fun with their families and friends after a long hard day. So, if you ever visit Tehran, try to get the most of it.

Overall, no matter when, no matter where, and no matter how you visit Iran, she always has something different and unique to offer her visitors. From the starry night skies of the desert in the south to the cloud covered cities and rainforests in the north, Iran surely has one of the utmost diverse climate and terrains in the whole world. So click on that link and book your trip to the land of art and culture right now, what are you waiting for?

Qeshm, Iran. Five camels standing together for a group picture.

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