Holiday weather

Here you'll find everything you need to know about the weather in more than 4,000 destinations worldwide. For detailed annual averages try our climate guides, while our five-day forecasts show you what to expect for your upcoming break.

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How to find great holiday weather

While most people make their holiday plans weeks or months in advance of departure, weather forecasts are only available at best for three to five days into the future. So how do you find out what sort of weather to expect when you are planning your holiday?

Luckily recurring weather patterns do exist for most places, and these can be identified from historical weather records (climate statistics) averaged over many years. At we have assembled detailed climate guides for thousands of destinations all around the world based on the last 30 years of weather averages.

Our climate guides originate from completely independent sources of information and are based on the most up-to-date scientific data available, giving you a more informative picture of holiday weather.

If you are looking for the best month to visit a destination based on your ideal holiday weather, try our when to travel feature. Simply select a destination and at least one weather parameter, and each month will be given a ranking.

Our climate information has been derived from various meteorological sources including the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Centre, the European Space Agency's Tropospheric Emission Monitoring Internet Service, and the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit 1961-1990 high-resolution gridded datasets.

Understanding heat and humidity

Is your idea of bad holiday weather just limited to cloudy skies and rain? How do you feel about high temperatures and high humidity? Many travellers do not realise that excessive heat and humidity can be a real problem when they are on holiday, as there may be no escape from it, even at night.

For example, from the middle of June to the middle of September, heat and humidity in Dubai is generally 'extreme', which many travellers find unbearable. When searching for destinations by weather, look out for our heat and humidity discomfort indicator, which flags these places for you.

Interpreting rainfall and sunshine figures

In some parts of the world travellers may assume that because high levels of rainfall are recorded it will rain all the time. However, monthly rainfall figures can be misleading when considered in isolation.

Destinations like Cancun in Mexico, the beaches of Bali, and the Maldives all have wet seasons when more rain falls in a week than in a whole month in most places in Europe or North America. However, at these tropical destinations, it normally only rains for a short time each day. The key is to check not only monthly rainfall and the number of days with some rainfall, but also the average hours of sunshine and what percentage of the day this represents.

At the other end of the scale are destinations where not much rain falls, but where the sun doesn't shine either, so do not be fooled by low rainfall figures. Hong Kong, for example, has very little rain in February but low cloud, drizzle and hill fog could make time spent there quite miserable.

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Weather map of the world

Select a destination from the weather map below to view the individual holiday weather guide. Can't find the weather destination you are after? Try the destination search.

Weather by month

If you're looking to find out more about destinations with the best weather in any given month, simply select from the list below:

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