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If you're the type of sunchaser who looks forward to that sizzling summer break, can’t wait to escape to warmer climes in the UK’s winter months or can't be away from vitamin D too long, we’ve got a few ideas about where to go. 

 

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Covid-19 travel restrictions 

Coronavirus continues to disrupt travel to some destinations. The UK government regularly updates the list of countries you can travel to, but that doesn’t mean there will be no restrictions. It’s your responsibility to check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice before you travel. Your travel insurance policy won’t be valid if you travel against it.


The same applies for any local entry requirements, such as testing, or restrictions in your destination country, like local lockdowns or curfews. Advice may differ by city or region or prevent certain activities. It’s up to you to check local coronavirus laws, guidelines and requirements in plenty of time before you go. Check what’s expected in your destination country.

 



Healthcare for UK nationals in Europe

The European Health Insurance Card (Ehic) has now been replaced by the UK Global Health Insurance Card (Ghic) for UK citizens. Both let you get emergency and state healthcare in EU countries for free or at a reduced cost. 

 

If you apply for a card now or you’ve applied and have yet to receive your Ehic, you’ll get the new Ghic instead. Your existing Ehic can still be used in the EU until it expires. The Ehic can no longer be used in Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein in most cases. Find out what’s changed.

 

Neither card covers all eventualities so make sure you also have robust travel insurance with appropriate health cover for trips to the EU or any overseas travel. 

 

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Seasonal temperatures around the world 

We’ve looked at some of the destinations with the hottest average temperatures for each month of the year’s four seasons. Some closer to home. Others further afield.

 

It’s not an exhaustive list, and some of the places we’ve highlighted are warm at other times of year too. But it should give you plenty of options.

 

Remember, if you’re heading for the hotter parts of the world, especially the hottest, make sure you take and apply sun protection often. Seek out shade regularly and drink plenty of water too. And, wherever your travels take you, whatever time of year, it’s important to get travel insurance in place to protect you and take the travel money you’ll need on your trip.
 

Winter sun holidays (December, January, February) 

The Canary Islands remain one of the most popular destinations for winter sun. Basking close to the equator off the coast of Morocco, they’re warm all year round. Tenerife’s weather averages around 21 degrees in December and January, with Lanzarote weather reaching higher still. And that’s got to be worth the flight time of roughly four hours.

 

Ideal for family holidays and reclining on any of their many beaches, the islands also offer a wide variety of activities and attractions depending on which one you’re visiting, from volcanos to zoos and waterparks, to adventure tours, shopping and nightlife.

 

Cape Verde, another group of volcanic islands also off Africa’s coast, stays warm throughout the year too. And, with little rainfall and temperatures around 25 to 26 degrees in December and January, it’s an appealing prospect for sun lovers.

 

Further round the African mainland, Cape Town in South Africa remains warm in December at around 19 to 20 degrees, before leaping to average highs of over 27 by January. It’s a great place from which to seek out impressive vistas like Table Mountain, local wine tasting, or just sit and enjoy great food. 

 

Across the Atlantic and reliably hot throughout the winter months is Cancun in Mexico. Its big draws are its beaches and nightlife but there’s history and culture too, like the Mayan ruins at Chichén Itzá. Average temperatures for December and January are around 30.5 degrees, rising to 32.3 degrees in February. 

 

Barbados isn’t far behind on the temperature front this time of year, averaging in the 29 degrees range. If reclining on a beach and chilling out the West Indies way appeals, it could be the ideal winter break.

 

Elsewhere on the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic on the island of Hispaniola promises a sunny holiday not just in winter but all year round. From December to February, expect highs of around 29 to 30 degrees. Expect the same of St Lucia’s weather too.

 

And while we’re covering long-haul destinations, another hot ticket is Australia. The UK winter months are the Aussie summer, with cities like Melbourne and Sydney reaching average highs in the 25s to 27s from January to February, and Brisbane in the 28s in December.  

 

Where is hot in winter?

Want to know where is warm in December, January and February? Destinations with hot weather and the highest temperatures include:

 

  December  

  January   

  February  

Cancun,
Mexico (30.4°C)

Singapore (30.5°C)               

Phuket,
Thailand (33.1°C)

Dominican Republic (29.6°C)

Cancun,
Mexico (30.5°C)

Cancun,
Mexico (32.3°C)

Barbados (29.5°C)

Manaus,
Brazil (30°C)

Singapore (31.6°C)

Brisbane,
Australia (28.2°C)

Barbados (29.1°C)

Barbados (29.2°C)

Cape Verde (26.4°C)

Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (29°C)

Dominican Republic (28.9°C)

Melbourne,
Australia (25.5°C)

Sydney,
Australia (27.4°C)

Cape Town,
South Africa (27.3°C)

Lanzarote,
Canaries (22.2°C)

Cape Town,
South Africa (27°C)

Melbourne,
Australia (26.7°C)

Tenerife,
Canaries (21.9°C)

Cape Verde (25.2°C)

Auckland,
New Zealand (24.2°C)

Madeira (20°C)

Tenerife,
Canaries (21.1°C)

Orlando,
USA (23.1°C)

Cape Town,
South Africa (19.8°C)

Playa Blanca,
Canaries (20.5°C)

Cairo,
Egypt (20.5°C)

Source: Met Office

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Spring sun holidays (March, April, May) 

As we move out of the winter months, where is warm or hot in the spring months?

 

Cancun continues to sit high in the temperature tables from March to May, averaging from 34.2 to 37.5 degrees centigrade. Thankfully there’s plenty of beach, coastline and pools to help you soak it up or cool down as needed. Just don’t dip in the lagoon – it’s populated by crocodiles. 

 

North of the Mexican border, Las Vegas in the USA, averages over 21 degrees from March, rising through April and May. Built unashamedly on gambling and with its bright lights and excess, it’s a different kind of holiday for sure, but not to be missed according to many who’ve made the trip. 

 

If you fancy a more laid-back Stateside trip, Orlando in Florida averages 28.3 to 31.3 degrees from April to May. There’s the chance to take things more slowly, if that’s what you crave. Or, if you’ve energy to spare, dive into any number of exciting days out, with theme parks aplenty usually within easy driving distance.

 

Another destination that’s hot during our winter and remains so in spring is Phuket in Thailand. Its average temperatures remain around the 33-degree mark in both seasons. They’re complemented by pure blue waters, soft sands, lively nightlife, delicious eating and plenty of local culture. If you’re heading to the capital, Bangkok, it can reach around 34.6 degrees in May, which can be overwhelming in a busy city.

 

A little closer to home, Turkey warms up nicely from April, when the port city of Bodrum averages 21.4 degrees and rising. A favourite of beach lovers, it also offers ancient ruins, a huge castle, narrow streets, Turkish cuisine, shopping, sailing and lots of other distractions.

 

Head south across the Mediterranean and you’ll reach Egypt. In March, Hurghada on the Red Sea averages nearly 22 degrees and gets up to 28 degrees in May. In the capital, Cairo, visitors can expect around a scorching 31.9 degrees in May. So, dress accordingly, including wearing a cool head covering, if you’re out in the heat for long periods, such as when visiting its iconic ancient pyramids.  

 

Where is hot in spring?

Looking for destinations with warm weather during the UK’s spring? Here are some destinations with the highest temperatures for March to May:

 

March

April

May

Cancun,
Mexico (34.2°C)

Cancun,
Mexico (36.7°C)       

Cancun,
Mexico (37.5°C)

Phuket,
Thailand (33.3°C)

Orlando,
USA (28.3°C)

Bangkok,
Thailand (34.6°C)

Barbados (29.7°C)

Cairo,
Egypt (28.1°C)

Singapore (32.3°C)

Dominican Republic (29.3°C)

Marrakech,
Morocco (25.4°C)     

Phuket,
Thailand (32.3°C)

Cuba (27.5°C)

Las Vegas,
USA (25.2°C)

Cairo,
Egypt (31.9°C)

Cape Verde (25.7°C)

Lanzarote,
Canaries (23.7°C)

Las Vegas,
USA (31.4°C)

Fuerteventura,
Canaries (22.5°C)

Bodrum,
Turkey (21.4°C)

Orlando,
USA (31.3°C)

Tenerife,
Canaries (22.3°C)

Kos,
Greek Islands (21.4°C)

Dominican Republic (31.0°C)

Hurghada,
Egypt (21.9°C)

Costa del Sol,
Spain (21.8°C)

Barbados (30.7°C)

Las Vegas,
USA (21.6°C)

Albufeira,
Portugal (20.7°C)

Cuba (30.2°C)

Source: Met Office

 

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Summer sun holidays (June, July, August) 

You won’t be surprised by some of the suggestions here. A combination of sun, sea, sand, sangria (or whatever they serve locally) and plenty of amenities and activities help keep British holidaymakers happy. 

 

High on the summer holiday hotspots are the Balearic Islands, including Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza. They average 26 to 31 degrees centigrade in the summer months. And the range of resorts across the islands offer everything from tranquil seclusion to culture to lively nightlife and clubbing. 

 

If you fancy a trip to cities in mainland Spain, expect average highs of 30 to 33 degrees in Madrid, 25.6 to 29 degrees in Barcelona, and 22.6 to over 36 degrees in Seville. On its Costa Blanca, meanwhile, Benidorm averages from 27.7 degrees in June to 30.5 in August. Besides a lively bar scene, it also offers great eating, plenty of family activities, plus sweeping beaches and even natural waterfalls close by.

 

Turkey and the Canary Islands remain hot and popular with Brits this time of year too, while many others flock to Greece and its over 227 inhabited islands (out of a total of some 6,000). 

 

The Greek capital, Athens, with its ancient and modern treasures, can see temperatures of over 30 degrees in June and 33 or more in July and August. Island temperatures sit in the high 20s for Crete or up to 25 degrees on Kos in August. Needless to say, expect serenity and beauty alongside the gorgeous weather.  

 

Where is hot in summer?

After somewhere hot but a little more off the more conventional summer travel track? Check this table for some destinations whose weather boasts the highest average temperatures:

 

June

July

August

Cancun, Mexico (36.0°C)

Las Vegas, USA (40.3°C)

Las Vegas, USA (39.4°C)

Kos, Greek Islands (32.1°C)

Florence, Italy (32.0°C)

Marrakech, Morocco (37.0°C)

Phuket, Thailand (31.7°C)

New York, USA (29.9°C)

Sicily (35.0°C)

Athens, Greece (30.4°C)

Crete, Greek Islands (29.5°C)

Kos, Greek Islands (34.9°C)

Madrid, Spain (30.1°C)

Tenerife, Canaries (28.9°C)

Cairo, Egypt (34.8°C)

Milan, Italy (28.5°C)

Majorca, Spain (31.1°C)

Tunis, Tunisia (34.6°C)

Benidorm, Spain (27.7°C)

Lisbon, Portugal (28.3°C)

Malta (32.1°C)

Rome, Italy (27.1°C)

Barcelona (28.2°C)

Majorca, Spain (31.5°C)

Fuerteventura, Canaries (26.4°C)

Nice, France (27.4°C)

Istanbul, Turkey (29.7°C)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (25.0°C)

Prague, Czech Republic (23.9°C)

Los Angeles, USA (29.1°C)


Source: Met Office

 

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Autumn sun holidays (September, October, November) 

From September onwards, holidays can start costing a bit less. It’s considerably cheaper to hop overseas in October or November than, say, July or August. This has the knock-on effect of making destinations less crowded with tourists – from beaches to local attractions. So where might you go?

 

Turkey’s tourist season runs from May to the end of October, so there will still be plenty of bars, restaurants and hotels of every stripe available for an Autumn visit. And, whether you’re after sea and sun for the kids, endless history, shopping and culture for the grown-ups or a healthy mixture of the lot, there’s enough of it in Turkey to last a very long time.

 

Side, on the southern coast, is one of Turkey’s many very ancient sites, with a working amphitheatre, Greco-Roman temples, and average daytime temperatures around 26 degrees. Heading west, Antalya features turquoise seas, permanently azure skies and icons of history like Hadrian’s Gate. Nearby Cirali has one of Turkey’s most beautiful beaches and is also a nesting-ground for loggerhead turtles.

 

Greece remains a good choice for a warm getaway in the Autumn, too. Athens can have quite a high October average of 23 degrees: warm enough to spend time outside and take in its many attractions. Meanwhile, Crete and Rhodes have average daily temperatures of around 24 degrees in October. And, as it’s outside of high season, there’s less of the party culture and the coastal areas can be much quieter.

 

Elsewhere in the Med, Cyprus reaches around 29 degrees in September and 27 in October. Which means there’s plenty of warmth left to enjoy great beaches, local culture and traditions, prehistoric and Roman settlements, water sports and adrenaline-fuelled activities like bungee jumping (but always check if your travel insurance will cover them).

 

You could also check out several lesser known but nonetheless brilliant seaside resorts on Spain’s southern coast. Almeria and smaller outlying areas like Aguadulce offer miles of lush beach, surprisingly few British tourists and temperatures in the mid-20s for an October visit.

 

If cheaper prices mean your budget will take you a little further afield, destinations across the Atlantic like Barbados, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Mexico are reliably warm this time of year too.  

 

Where is hot in autumn?

Here are some of the hottest places to visit in the autumn. Expect warm to very hot weather and these average top temperatures:

September

October

November

Sao Paulo, Brazil (35 °C)

Cancun, Mexico (32.9 °C)

Bangkok, Thailand (33.1 °C)

Cairo, Egypt (33.3 °C)

Marrakech, Morocco (28.3°C)

Singapore (31.3 °C)

Bangkok, Thailand (33.3 °C)

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt (28 °C)

Dominican Republic (30.5 °C)

Orlando, USA (33 °C)

Lanzarote, Canaries (26.8 °C)

Barbados (30.3 °C)

Bodrum, Turkey (30.7 °C)

Cyprus (26.7 °C)

Orlando, USA (29.1 °C)

Athens, Greece (28.9 °C)

Kos (26 °C)

Cape Verde (28.3 °C)

Fuerteventura, Canaries (27.5 °C)

Gran Canaria, Canaries (26.4 °C)

Brisbane, Australia (26.6 °C)

Nice, France (24.6 °C)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (23 °C)

Tenerife, Canaries (24.3 °C)

Brisbane, Australia (24.2 °C)

Algarve, Portugal (23.2 °C)

Fuerteventura, Canaries (24.2 °C)

Paris, France (19.8 °C)

Rome, Italy (22.4 °C)

Madeira (21.7 °C)


Source: Met Office

 

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World weather at a glance 

Quickly check where is hot, warm or cool around the world and around the year with these tables of temperatures in popular destinations. (Source: Met Office)

 

 

Fuerteventura

Gran Canaria 

Lanzarote      

Tenerife         

January

20.8°C

21.0°C

20.8°C

21.1°C

February

21.2°C

21.3°C

21.5°C

21.3°C

March

22.5°C

22.3°C

22.9°C

22.3°C

April

23.3°C

22.9°C

23.7°C

23.0°C

May

24.6°C

23.9°C

25.0°C

24.5°C

June

26.4°C

25.6°C

26.8°C

26.6°C

July

27.4°C

27.1°C

28.4°C

28.9°C

August

27.8°C

27.6°C

29.1°C

29.2°C

September    

27.5°C

27.1°C

28.3°C

28.1°C

October

26.3°C

26.4°C

26.8°C

26.6°C

November

24.2°C

24.3°C

24.2°C

24.3°C

December

22.1°C

22.4°C

21.9°C

22.2°C

 

 

Barcelona,
Spain              

Benidorm, 
Spain           

Majorca,
Balearics        

Ibiza,  
Balearics       

January

13.6°C

16.6°C

15.4°C

15.8°C

February

14.2°C

17.1°C

15.5°C

16.0°C

March

16.2°C

19.1°C

17.9°C

17.9°C

April

18.5°C

21.2°C

20.4°C

20.1°C

May

21.8°C

24.0°C

24.4°C

23.2°C

June

25.6°C

27.7°C

28.6°C

27.2°C

July

28.2°C

29.7°C

31.1°C

29.7°C

August

29.0°C

30.5°C

31.5°C

30.4°C

September    

25.8°C

27.9°C

27.7C

27.5°C

October

22.1°C

24.4°C

23.9°C

24.0°C

November

17.4°C

19.8°C

18.9°C

19.3°C

December

14.0°C

17.9°C

16.2°C

16.6°C

 

 

Algarve,
Portugal     

Lisbon,
Portugal      

Cyprus       

Malta          

January

16.2°C

14.3°C

16.9°C

15.7°C

February

17.0°C

15.8°C

17.0°C

15.5°C

March

19.0°C

18.7°C

19.0°C

17.2°C

April

20.7°C

20.0°C

21.9°C

19.9°C

May

23.1°C

22.5°C

25.6°C

24.5°C

June

26.7°C

26.4°C

29.3°C

29.0°C

July

29.1°C

28.3°C

31.4°C

31.7°C

August

28.5°C

28.9°C

31.6°C

32.1°C

September

26.0°C

26.6°C

29.7°C

28.3°C

October

23.2°C

22.6°C

27.3°C

24.8°C

November

19.4°C

17.5°C

22.7°C

20.7°C

December

16.9°C

14.6°C

18.7°C

17.2°C

 

 

Athens, 
Greece          

Corfu           

Crete            

Oludeniz,
Turkey         

January

13.3°C

13.8°C

15.3°C

15.0°C

February

13.8°C

13.9°C

15.4°C

15.0°C

March

16.1°C

16.2°C

17.1°C

16.9°C

April

19.8°C

19.4°C

20.0°C

19.6°C

May

25.1°C

24.7°C

23.7°C

23.6°C

June

30.4°C

29.2°C

27.5°C

27.6°C

July

33.4°C

32.0°C

29.5°C

30.0°C

August

33.5°C

32.3°C

29.4°C

30.4°C

September

28.9°C

27.3°C

27.2°C

27.8°C

October

23.7°C

23.1°C

23.9°C

24.3°C

November

18.3°C

18.9°C

20.1°C

20.0°C

December

14.7°C

15.1°C

17.0°C

16.7°C

 

  

Dubrovnik,
Croatia        

Cape Verde  

Cancun,
Mexico         

Phuket,
Thailand     

January

11.5°C

25.2°C

30.5°C

32.1°C

February

11.9°C

25.1°C

32.2°C

33.1°C

March

14.3°C

25.7°C

34.2°C

33.3°C

April

17.7°C

25.8°C

36.7°C

33.3°C

May

22.5°C

26.3°C

37.5°C

32.3°C

June

26.6°C

27.3°C

36.0°C

31.7°C

July

29.5°C

28.4°C

35.3°C

31.4°C

August

29.4°C

29.8°C

35.3°C

31.2°C

September

24.9°C

30.3°C

34.7°C

30.8°C

October

20.7°C

29.8°C

32.9°C

30.9°C

November

16.5°C

28.3°C

31.3°C

31.2°C

December

12.6°C

26.4°C

30.4°C

31.2°C

 

Don’t forget your travel insurance 

Remember, whatever time of year you’re heading overseas and wherever your trip takes you, it’s important to get travel insurance to cover you while you’re away. 

 

Depending on the policy you choose, it can protect you for single or multiple trips abroad or in the UK. You can even get special policies designed for backpackers. Cover can include emergency medical expenses, trip cancellation, curtailment or abandonment, lost, stolen or damaged belongings, personal accidents and liability, plus legal protection. Always check a policy’s wording to make sure it will offer the protection you need.


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