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Best time to visit Iraq

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The best time to visit Iraq is November

While Iraq is a popular destination to visit all year round, November is the ideal time to go due to a number of factors such as the climate, cost of travel and accommodation, as well as avoiding peak holiday periods.

In summer, the average maximum temperature in Baghdad climbs to around 45℃ (113℉), but temperatures can sometimes reach as high as 47℃ (117℉) on the hottest days of the year. The weather at night in the winter, which is around January-time, can get down to a minimum of 5℃ (41℉) in Baghdad. Other destinations in Iraq can sometimes get even colder than this, so if you’re planning on visiting a few different places, make sure you check out the climate comparison table below.

If you’re keen to work on your tan in Iraq, you’re most likely to get the longest days between sun-up and sun-down around July. February sees the most amount of rain in a month if you’re ok with chancing getting drenched, so if you’re looking to stay dry, visit in July instead.

Keep reading to read all the info you need (and none of the stuff you don’t) about the best times to go to Iraq. By the time you get to the bottom, you’ll have found out all there is to know about when to go, and you’ll be ready to start booking your flights! Who knows, we might even have some surprises waiting for you when you get there!

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

July

Most daylight

July

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Iraq seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. Iraq is in the Northern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Best time to visit the top destinations in Iraq

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
BaghdadNovember
17℃
9℃
20℃
11℃
25℃
15℃
31℃
20℃
37℃
27℃
42℃
31℃
45℃
33℃
45℃
33℃
41℃
29℃
34℃
24℃
24℃
16℃
19℃
11℃
KarbalaOctober
17℃
10℃
20℃
11℃
25℃
16℃
31℃
20℃
37℃
27℃
42℃
31℃
44℃
33℃
45℃
33℃
40℃
29℃
34℃
24℃
24℃
16℃
19℃
12℃
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Top FAQs

Iraq is in Middle East.

Check out these guides for the top must-see destinations in Iraq:

The warmest month of the year in Baghdad, one of the most popular places to visit in Iraq, is July.
The driest month of the year in Baghdad, Iraq, is usually around July each year.

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