Our weather warning on Monday wasn’t far of the mark.

So far it seems like February 2015 will be remembered as the month when Fethiye

experienced some of the most bizarre meteorological anomalies the town has seen for many years.

Fethiye has four seasons in two weeks

Warm enough to picnic

In recent days there were times when it was warm enough to picnic,

with temperatures reaching more than 20°C.

Thanks to Aisha Ali for this photo
Thanks to Aisha Ali for this photo – It’s hard to believe it was taken the same week as the one below

Snow traps picnickers on Babadağ

Fethiye has four seasons in two weeks
Babadağ covered in snow

But then, just when everyone (even Mother Nature) thought spring had arrived,

hail then snow fell in Ovacık and Hisarönü,

trapping 45 people at 900 metres altitude on Babdağ.

Fethiye has four seasons in two weeks

Jandarma and UMKE to the rescue

Hürriyet: UKME rescuing picnickers on Babdağ
Hürriyet: UKME rescuing picnickers on Babdağ

They had to be rescued by the Jandarma and Ulusal Medikal Kurtarma Ekibinden (UMKE) – National Medical Rescue Team.

The story even made the national Turkish press.

Rain, more rain… and wind

At sea level it rained. It lasted for what seemed like days.

It was days. From Sunday through to Tuesday night it hardly stopped.

People began to enquire on social media about the availability of arks.

noahs-ark

There was wind, with gusts reaching 60 – 80 kph and thunder storms.

The Kalkan to Kaş road was closed.

A video of that made national TV and newspapers too.

Blue sky, sunshine and snow

Then finally, on Wednesday, blue sky reappeared and the sun came out.

Fethiye has four seasons in two weeks

Although by this time, with most of Turkey under a blanket of snow,

the temperatures were back in single figures.

Fethiye has four seasons in two weeks

 

The forecast for the next five days can be seen here.

Fethiye has four seasons in two weeks

Whatever anyone says about winter in Fethiye, it’s certainly never boring!

 

 

 

 

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for the update. I think I will need to get someone to check out my holiday home in Ovacik. Hope the water hasn’t frozen in the pipes or solar system.

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