The summer months of Iran officially start in the month of July and the temperatures are moving towards their peak in most regions of the country. Central and southern cities of Iran with their long summer days can get hot but the northern and western regions feature much lighter temperatures. The summer holidays are in progress and therefore a higher number of local visitors can be seen in the tourist attractions of Iran and generally all over public and recreational areas such as parks, shopping centers and food courts. Therefore, July is a great time to mingle with the public and get to know the locals better. As mentioned, tourists that are planning to travel to Iran in July should think of adding the northern and western destinations of Iran to their travel plan as those areas see average temperatures during July. One of these destinations we recommend is the ancient city of Hamedan, known historically as “Hekmataneh”, one of the oldest cities of Iran. The summer is perfect for visiting this city as during the other times of the year, Hamedan can get pretty cold and snowy. The city of Hamedan with many sites dating back to the Achaemenid dynasty and even the pre-historical period has a lot to see and has average temperatures of around 32-35 C. When visiting Hamedan do not forget to visit the wonderful and famous “Ali-Sadr Caves” which is known to be one of the largest lake caves around the world. A boating tour of the Ali-Sadr caves is fascinating for any tourist visiting Iran.
Overall July marks the rise in temperatures all around the country and therefore for tourists who find the heat uncomfortable we suggest visiting indoor attractions such as palaces, museums and mosques in mornings and outdoor sites and streets in the afternoon when the weather is pleasant. The central cities of Iran along with Tehran the capital, witness average temperatures of around 38 – 44 C, the southern cities and desert cities such as Yazd and Shiraz can see temperatures rise to over 45 C while the northern parts of Iran see lower temperatures of around 28 – 33 C. If you are planning to visit the northern historical villages of Iran such as Masouleh, the weather is suitable. We recommend carrying sun lotion, headwear and sunglasses to all tourists and a light full sleeve t-shirt if they plan to visit the north of Iran.
Generally as the summer holidays have started, all over Iran many family events, concerts and shows can be seen. The family friendly nightlife is at its best and most restaurants and cafes are filled with the friendly local crowd. The festival of “Tirgan” is an ancient Persian festival that consisted of celebrations, meals and prayers for increasing rainfall in the summer. The festival and its ceremonies can still be seen in some parts of Iran, especially in Zoroastrian districts.
The month of July is suitable time to visit Iran due to its long days and the start of various summer events. Local tourists can be higher but also bring with them the perfect opportunity to mix with the locals and even learn some Persian words.