Weather in April 2014
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April marks the beginning of the Northern Hemisphere summer season. Initially only some of the more southerly destinations such as those in Florida, Egypt and the Canary Islands feel the benefit of warmer days. It takes a few months longer for the warmth to spread north into the temperate regions of Europe and North America.
At the same time many of those places nearer the equator, particularly in Thailand, which up to the end of March have provided great holiday weather during their cooler drier season, have started to become too hot, and in some cases too wet, for enjoyment.
For those based in Europe the nearest really good weather in April can be found in Egypt, either on the Red Sea or the River Nile. Luxor has 10 hours of sunshine and heat and humidity which, though high, is still quite bearable; daytime temperatures generally rise well into the 30s Celsius but it is a dry heat. At the Red Sea resorts of Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada it is just as sunny, not quite as hot, and the sea is still quite cool.
The climate of Cape Verde, 1,500 kilometres south of the Canary Islands, is hot and dry, similar to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura in the Canaries. Because it is further south Cape Verde is much warmer in winter than the Canaries, but it has less sunshine in summer. April is one of the best months to visit Cape Verde because it is sunny and warm with 8 hours of sunshine and temperatures in the high 20s Celsius. Despite being well within the tropics sea temperatures in all months are lower than might be expected for these latitudes. This is because the same cold Atlantic current that cools the Canaries reaches Cape Verde as well.
If you are planning a really special long-haul tropical beach holiday in April the Seychelles is a fabulous destination. April marks the transition from the north-west to the south-east monsoon when the wind drops as it veers towards the south-east, producing calmer and clearer conditions for about six weeks. It is true this is the hottest time of year but there is usually a gentle breeze off the sea to counter the heat and humidity. April is definitely one of the best times of the year to be in the Seychelles.
For those thinking about visiting Dubai April is also a good month. It is beautifully sunny, the sea has warmed up a bit from its winter lows, and day-time temperatures are not too hot. Expect 10 hours of sunshine a day and temperatures ranging from the low 20s to the low 30s Celsius.
Finally going west, April is still a great time to visit the tropical winter destinations of the Caribbean. Barbados is far enough south to be consistently hot year-round, but April is the driest and sunniest time of year with 9 hours of sunshine on average each day and only about one third of days in the month with some rainfall. Temperatures range from 22°C to 30°C, heat and humidity is high but the north-east trade winds ensure a constant cooling breeze.
Florida is well north of the Caribbean but is almost as warm as Barbados in April. This is also one of the driest times of year with 9 to 10 hours of sunshine most days. Daytime temperatures in Orlando and Miami in April are very similar around 28°C but Orlando is cooler at night partly because of its more northerly location, but also because it is inland. Proximity to the sea, almost everywhere in the world, helps to prevent large fluctuations in temperature from day to night.
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