Winter is coming to the country from the weekend and the temperature will start to drop below the seasonal normal from the start of the week, a leading meteorologist has warned.
Recalling that temperatures are above seasonal normal across the country in September and October, Orhan Şen pointed out that the country will eventually experience winter cold from the weekend.
Temperatures will also start to drop by 4 to 8 degrees from the start of the week, Şen estimated.
“Get your coats ready for the weekend and check to see if your stoves are working as you fire them up,” Şen said.
Meanwhile, Turkey’s state meteorological service also said that the temperature will drop in Marmara, Mediterranean and inland regions, while other regions will not experience a significant drop in temperature. .
The Mediterranean, Central Anatolia and Southeast Anatolia regions and western parts of the Eastern Anatolia region will experience heavy rains and downpours, according to the forecast.
Thunderstorms are expected in the Mediterranean coastal areas, while occasional sleet and snow can be seen in the high parts of the eastern province of Sivas and the southeastern provinces of Tunceli, Erzincan and Bingöl.
The wind is expected to mainly affect the southern and western parts of the country, the office said.
The bureau also issued a “yellow alert” for seven provinces including the southeastern provinces of Adıyaman, Bingöl, Diyarbakır, Tunceli and Şanlıurfa and the eastern provinces of Elazığ and Malatya.
A “yellow alert” is issued when there is a “potential threat from a weather event”.
The bureau warned that people residing in these seven provinces should be cautious about possible disasters such as floods and landslides, as disruptions in transportation service may occur.
The ski center of Erciyes in the central Anatolian province of Kayseri, one of the most important centers of winter tourism, also received its share of the snowfall which started in the high parts of Türkiye. With the snowfall, parts of the Erciyes Mountain above 3,000 meters were covered in snow, while the snow depth reached 8 centimeters in some parts of the district.