Holiday weather guide for 2015/2016

Whatever time of year go away, finding somewhere with the right holiday weather is vital if you’re to make the most of your time off, whether you’re lying by the beach, exploring the great outdoors or just getting to know your destination. Our aim is to help you find out everything you need to know about conditions worldwide, and narrow down your hunt for ideal holiday weather in 2015/2016.

A bit about holiday weather

It’s no great surprise that finding great holiday weather tops many people’s list of requirements when it comes to going away. In fact, Skyscanner found that a destination with ‘warm and sunny weather‘ was even more desirable to holidaymakers than ‘great value or low cost‘ deals. If you’re searching for idyllic holiday weather in 2015/2016, be it for summer or winter breaks, read on to be inspired and educated about conditions in your favourite holiday hotspots.

Holiday weather: top five summer destinations

Aside from obvious practicalities of the school holidays, summer is a fabulous time to go away as there’s so much choice when it comes to picking your destination. From May to September, conditions across Europe and the Med take a pleasing turn, with day, night and sea temperatures all rising steadily.

Whether you want a cost effective week away somewhere within easy reach of the UK, or fancy flying that bit further for a longer, more exotic escape, the number of places with great holiday weather in the summer months can make deciding where to go tricky.

You may be looking for a fun filled family holiday, perhaps the perfect place to party, or just somewhere nice and chilled where you can relax and unwind – whatever type of break you’re after, you’ll find fantastic holiday weather in summer in the following destinations:

Spain

You’ve plenty to choose from when it comes to going on holiday to Spain, be it mainland resorts, the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands. Each offers something a little different, although all offer great holiday weather, even if quite varied. The Canary Islands are typically cooler owing to their location in the Atlantic, while the islands of Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza are comparable to places in the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca.

Generally speaking, away from the Canary Islands, you can look forward to temperatures in the low to high thirties, buckets of sunshine and waters that continue to warm during the summer. Countless airlines, such as Thomson and Monarch, and holiday companies, including First Choice and On the Beach, offer cheap escapes to Spain for lovely holiday weather in summer.

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Cyprus

The eastern Med is fabulous in summer, with Cyprus offering hot and dry holiday weather. You’ll find long sunny days and warm waters, ideal for trying water sports or just kicking back at the pool. July and August see high heat and humidity, otherwise it’s not too intrusive. Just watch out for the very high to extreme levels of UV which can be dangerous.

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Algarve, Portugal

Located on Portugal’s southern coast, the Algarve welcomes all types of holidaymakers year round, but if you’re looking for great holiday weather to enjoy the beaches and natural parks, then a visit in summer is ideal. Daytime highs reach the high twenties, while evenings are warm and pleasant.

There’s no heat and humidity, loads of sunshine, and hardly any rain, although thanks to the cooling effect from the Atlantic sea temperatures rarely rise above 21°C. Typically, the further west you go, the more windy it gets, while the further east you go towards Spain, the more sheltered and calm conditions become. There many cheap flights and holiday offers to the Algarve online.

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California, USA

From San Francisco and Los Angeles to San Diego, Death Valley, Yosemite, Napa Valley and more – California is crammed with exciting larger-than-life destinations that all enjoy great holiday weather in summer. You’ll find days are filled with plenty of sunshine and temperatures between 23°C and 30°C.

Days are dry and largely humidity free, although evenings cool down, so it’s worth packing some layers. As a general rule, San Francisco to the north is considerably fresher than the southern cities of Los Angeles and San Diego. Wherever you go on the Pacific Coast for holiday weather, be aware that the ocean is always on the cool side.

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Bali, Indonesia

Bali is, quite simply, magnificent in summer. Days are long, hot (between 29°C and 30°C), sunny and largely dry (aside from the odd shower), and the sea is lovely and warm. Bali weather in summer does see high heat and humidity, which can make it feel even hotter, while UV is very high to extreme, so you will need a strong SPF.

As well as truly wonderful holiday weather that’s ideal for sunbathers and beach bums, there’s plenty to see and do on the Indonesian island for couples, families and groups. It’s also a cheap place to visit once you arrive. You can easily find out more about visiting Bali on the cheap online.

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These are just five places with great holiday weather in summer. They’re also all locations that are catered to by both airlines and holiday companies, so you’re sure to find a great deal.

Holiday weather: top five winter sun destinations

Finding winter sun isn’t as hard as you might think – it just depends what type of winter sun you’re after. If it’s warm and sunny conditions for walking, visiting attractions and dining al fresco, then you might be surprised by the number of places close to home that offer this.

However, if it’s real beach holiday weather you want, you will have to travel a little further, but don’t despair as there are often plenty of great deals available to help you reach delightful winter sun holiday weather for less.

From seven day getaways to half term holidays and longer breaks, if you’re looking for splendid holiday weather in winter 2015/2016, check out the following destinations:

Canary Islands, Spain

Even in winter up to 275,000 Brits flock to the Canaries each month, and the islands’ holiday weather plays no small part in this. There’s little rain but warm days, great for getting out and about, although not so good for swimming. As a rule, the western islands such as Gran Canaria and Tenerife are warmer, while eastern islands such as Lanzarote and Fuerteventura enjoy more sunshine.

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Cancun, Mexico

For picture perfect white sands, turquoise waters, and amazing holiday weather, a trip to Cancun is a must in winter – only, go after November once the hurricane season has come to an end. Temperatures sit between 28°C and 30°C, days are sunny although you may encounter a passing shower. Best of all, the sea is warm at around 26°C, and as it’s such a massive resort, everything you could possibly need is already there. As such, plenty of holiday companies offer cheap breaks to Cancun, including Virgin Holidays.

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Dubai, UAE

A good way to think about Dubai’s weather in winter is to compare it to the Canary Islands at the height of summer. Unlike the summer months, which can be unbearably hot in the low forties, the winter months are more fresh, with warm, comfortable conditions, great for a holiday. The sea also may not be quite as hot in January as it is in September, but it is still warm enough to tackle water sports and go for a swim. If you’re considering enjoying this holiday weather with a trip to Dubai, check out Atlantis The Palm Dubai for an unforgettable stay.

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Cape Verde

This archipelago located south of the Canary islands in the Atlantic Ocean benefits from great holiday weather almost all year round, although the winter months do tend to see the best of it. There’s little rain, temperatures between 25°C and 28°C, and only a low level of heat and humidity. The sea is perhaps a little chilly for swimming, and currents and prevailing winds can make it choppy, so a hotel with heated pool may be the way forward. Try Thomas Cook to get to Cape Verde for some top winter sun holiday weather.

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Barbados

Think ‘Caribbean’ and you’ve nailed Barbados in winter. It’s deliciously hot and sunny by day, with just the chance of a passing shower, while evenings remain warm. There’s a high level of heat and humidity and, the UV is something to watch out for, but the sea is bath-like at between 26°C and 28°C. Try British Airways for holidays and Virgin Atlantic for flights to enjoy holiday weather on this island paradise.

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These destinations offer a diverse selection of holiday weather. Whether you embark on a short haul or long haul journey for some winter sun holiday weather in 2015/2016, you’re sure to find many special online deals to get you where you want to go at a great price.

More holiday weather resources

If you’d like to research more about holiday weather and where you can go, the following websites are great resources offering everything from annual climate guides to weather forecasts:

  • Weather2Travel.com – detailed holiday weather guides and five day forecasts for destinations worldwide
  • The Met Office – official UK weather information
  • Meteoblue – informative weather forecasts to help you pack

The secret to finding a destination with ideal holiday weather in 2015/2016 is to do a bit of homework. Hopefully you feel confident and inspired to go ahead and book yourself a hot and sunny holiday, be it in summer or winter.