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A Holiday Somewhere Hot

Searching for blue skies

Do you ever get the feeling when you look out your window and see grey skies and drizzling rain, ‘I want to go somewhere hot!’ It doesn’t even necessarily matter where it is, just so long as it’s hot. Unfortunately these days those grey skies and drizzling rain can be what passes for a British summer, so if you want blue skies you need to go further afield. The choice of resorts is enormous but ‘where can I go that’s hot now?’ depends on the season and where tour operators from the UK operate to.

The summer holiday season from the UK usually operates from the start of May until the end of October, with the winter season running from the beginning of November until the end of April. Some resorts are only open during the summer months, or have reduced services at other times, and a number of the budget airlines only operate to selected destinations during peak periods.

Where is hot to go on holiday in the summer?

Generally speaking the northern hemisphere is hot during our summer and the further south toward the equator the hotter it gets. At the start of the summer season the southern Mediterranean facing countries such Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt all start to get warm in the early spring, soon followed by Greece and the Greek Island, Cyprus, Turkey, Sicily, Sardinia, Malta and Spanish and Portuguese resorts. While the days are warm and increasingly sunny the evenings may occasionally be a little chilly. The last couple of weeks of July and into August are the hottest months, and the most popular time of the year to holiday abroad. This popularity means that cheap deals are rare and availability and choice may be limited.

But be careful when you are choosing somewhere to be hot in. For example, Morocco is fast becoming a popular exotic holiday destination, and worth exploring, but high season there is from April to the end of June, as temperatures can rise into the fifties during July and August. You could end up spending most of your holiday cooling off in your air-conditioned bedroom. Choose one of the beach resorts such as Essaouira or Agadir if you are tied to school holidays.

Where is hot to go on holiday in the winter?

To find a hot holiday destination in the winter needs a longer flight. The Indian Ocean offers glorious sunshine and high daytime temperatures, and this is the time to visit Goa, Kerala, or Sri Lanka, as these destinations only operate during the UK winter. The Maldives, Mauritius, the Sychelles and Bangkok are usually hot and available all year, but beware of going during the rainy season or you will simply be exchanging cold UK rain for hot Eastern rain.

Where is hot all year round?

Some resorts are hot, or at least pleasantly warm all year round. Holidays in Sharm el Sheikh and the other resorts of the Red Sea are becoming increasingly popular, as is Florida in the USA. The islands of the Caribbean such as Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Margarita Island all draw large numbers of British tourists. One of the most affordable year-round choices is the Canary Islands, which have deliciously warm weather all year round, with Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fueteventura having been firm British favourites for decades.

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