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Summer is also the driest season, but it does infrequently rain.
Showers tend to last for 15-30 minutes with the sun usually reappearing again on the same day.
Snowfall, which occurs almost annually, is common between the months of December and March, with an annual total snow cover of almost three weeks, but average winter snowfall varies considerably from year to year, and snow cover usually remains only for a few days after each snowfall, even under intense snow conditions.
When the Republic of Turkey was born in 1923 after the War of Independence, Kemal Atatürk moved its capital to the city of Ankara.
However, Istanbul has continued to expand dramatically; today its population is approximately 14 million and increases at an estimated 400,000 immigrants per year. Istanbul is divided in three by the north-south Bosphorus Strait (Istanbul Bogazi), the dividing line between Europe and Asia, the estuary of the Golden Horn (Haliç) bisecting the western part and the Sea of Marmara (Marmara Denizi) forming a boundary to the south.
By the mid 1500s, Istanbul, with a population of almost half a million, was a major cultural, political, and commercial centre.
Ottoman rule continued until it was defeated in WWI and Istanbul was occupied by the allies.