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The climate of Kirkuk (Iraq)
Kirkuk is a large city located in the northern part of Iraq in the at-Taímim province in the vicinity of the Hasa River. According to the latest census Kirkuk has a population of more than 1.2 million; about 1/3 of which is Kurdish. According to tradition Kirkuk was founded by the Hurrites in about 2,400 BC. Later on the city was conquered by the Arabs, Kurds, Turkomans and British until it finally became part of the Iraqi Kingdom. The old citadel in the city has been well preserved. In the vicinity of the citadel a tomb can be found which is said to belong to the Prophet Daniel. However, five other sites also claim this. Nowadays Kirkuk is known for its gigantic oil field which is said to hold more than 10 billion liters of oil. Kirkuk has a warm steppe climate with pleasantly mild winters and extremely hot summers. During the summer temperatures may easily rise above 50 degrees Celsius. With an annual precipitation figure of just above 300 millimeters Kirkuk is fairly dry. Almost all precipitation falls during the winter. Because of the extreme temperatures during the summer it is best to avoid visiting this area during this period.

 

Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for Kirkuk.

average
 maximum
temperature (įC)

average
minimum

temperature (įC)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (įC)
January 14 5 6 10 n/a
February 16 6 6 10 n/a
March 20 9 7 9 n/a
April 26 14 8 8 n/a
May 33 19 11 4 n/a
June 39 24 14 0 n/a
July 43 27 14 0 n/a
August 43 27 13 0 n/a
September 39 23 12 0 n/a
October 31 18 9 3 n/a
November 23 11 7 6 n/a
December 16 6 5 8 n/a
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but donít present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures donít always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate information for each month of the year:
 

chance of
(very) hot

weather

chance of
(very) cool
weather
chance of
long-term

precipitation
chance of
hurricanes
(cyclones)
chance of
sunny days

UV-index

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