Weather in September
The weather in September starts to change in Europe, cooling down but by no means cold. The relentless heat found in many destinations through July and August is curbed, replaced by more pleasant and all round comfortable conditions, which is why September can be one of the nicest months of the year to go on holiday.
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Weather in September: Top destinations
To help you work out where you might like to go for great weather in September, we've picked our favourite destinations. It's never easy as there's always so many exciting places worldwide, but this selection of short, medium and long haul holiday hot spots will hopefully whet your appetite.
Read on to discover our top destinations with the best weather in September:
Weather in September: Fading summer in Tuscany © ronnybas - Fotolia.com
Short haul: the Canary Islands, Egypt, Malta and more
The weather in September is on the turn in Europe, with conditions in many destinations starting to think about autumn. This means that the soaring heat of the previous months in the Med has gone, although you can still find places with warm and sunny weather in September within five hours of the UK.
Year-round favourite the Canary Islands continues to offer very pleasant weather in September, with temperatures in Tenerife, the largest of the Canaries, reaching 28°C and around eight hours of sunshine. Although heat and humidity is low, UV is still very high, so there's a good chance of getting red faces if you don't slather on the SPF. Lanzarote to the northeast is similar, although roughly one or two degrees cooler.
Sharm el Sheikh beach, Egypt © slava296 - Fotolia.com
Heading east, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus are still your hottest destinations within Europe, offering oodles of sunshine - between 10 and 11 hours a day - and temperatures between 28°C and 33°C. There's a mix of moderate to high heat and humidity levels, while sea temperatures are actually the hottest in the Med around Cyprus and Antalya in Turkey, reaching 27°C.
If it's serious hot and sunny weather in September you're after, then Egypt's Sharm el Sheikh has the top spot. Here you'll find 11 hours of glorious sunshine, temperatures around 33°C, and sea temperatures positively balmy at 28°C. The difference here is that the heat and humidity level is still high with very high UV, meaning everything feels that little bit hotter. Tunisia is similar, although a little fresher with temperatures peaking at 31°C in Djerba. It's a touch fresher still in the more northern resort of Hammamet which, although warm up to 30°C, receives a bit less sunshine, has only moderate heat and humidity, and sea temperatures around 25°C.
Piazza Regina, Valletta, Malta © Viewingmalta.com
Another great option offering reliable weather in September is Tunisia's northeastern neighbour Malta, with warm temperatures up to 28°C, just under nine hours of sunshine a day and only moderate heat and humidity. The sea is here is also around 25°C and suitable for swimming, but there are so many lidos in the main resorts, so you may settle for a pool instead.
As a general rule for short haul destinations, if you're after warm and comfortable weather in September, consider places in the western Med, such as the Canaries, Algarve and Costa del Sol. However, if you're in search of hot and sunny conditions, you'll need to look to the likes of Turkey and Cyprus in the eastern Med, and Egypt and Tunisia in North Africa.
Long haul - up to 10 hours: Miami, Dominican Republic, Dubai and more
There's a whole host of destinations with fabulous weather in September that little bit further afield. Much loved for it colourful character and retro glam, Miami is good call at this time of year thanks to its delightful summery conditions. It's very hot and sunny, with a good nine hours of sunshine each day and temperatures hitting 31°C. The sea is a toasty 29°C, and heat and humidity and UV are both very high.
If you fancy taking a trip inland, the weather in September in the fun-filled resorts of Orlando is much the same, albeit a touch cloudier and a degree of too hotter, which can make it rather sticky.
Caribbean sunrise, Dominican Republic © samewell - Fotolia.com
Turning south towards the Caribbean, the exotic Dominican Republic basks in very hot and sunny weather in September, seeing eight hours of sunshine each day, temperatures up to 32°C and sea temperatures also at 29°C like Miami. It too endures very high heat and humidity at this time, and is coupled with the added effect of end-of-the-scale extreme UV, so do take care out there. Heading further south still, the likes of Barbados and neighbouring islands have very similar conditions.
While these destinations enjoy some seriously great hot and sunny weather in September, they are also at risk of tropical storms as September is the peak of the hurricane season. Don't let this put you off however: if possible, book late once you can see the outlook and, as it's the low season, you could save a bundle as there are some brilliant late holiday deals at this time. Please note, this low season is briefly interrupted by Labour Day in the US, which creates a mini-high-season during early September.
If you're in the market for searing heat, then it has to be Dubai, which is still basking in 10 hours of sunshine a day, with very high temperatures (up to 38°C) and the warmest sea temperatures around, at 32°C. With all this heat however, comes extremities: that is, extreme heat and humidity, which can be uncomfortable and extreme UV, so it's all about skin protection if you decide to go on holiday here for hot weather in September.
Long haul - 10 hours or more: San Francisco, Napa Valley and Bali
It could be said that California got its nickname the Golden State from its glorious weather in September. It's arguably one of the best months of the year thanks to the sheer volume of bright sunshine around, and a truly magnificent time to visit.
The weather in September in San Francisco is particularly delightful: it's by no means hot, but very pleasant at around 22°C with no heat and humidity, and 10 full hours of sunshine. Sea temperatures make swimming impossible at 14°C, however there are so many other things to do in the city you won't be missing out.
Vineyard in the Napa Valley, California, USA © Andy - Fotolia.com
Venture inland to the pretty vineyards of Napa Valley, where harvest season is kicking off and you can kick back with a glass of the region's finest wine. Here the weather in September sees temperatures up to 29°C, with only moderate heat and humidity, although UV is still high.
Our final pick with the best holiday weather in September has to be beautiful Bali. Often overlooked at this time of year, Bali is close to perfect at around 31°C each day with up to 10 hours of sunshine. Heat and humidity is high, and UV extreme, but sea temperatures are thoroughly pleasant at 27°C. It may get a touch close, but Bali is real gem and you'll find some excellent offers to help get you there this September.
As you can see, there's a world of choice out there offering you hot and sunny weather in September both near by and far away. If you're still stuck deciding on a destination, read our where to go on holiday in September page for more ideas, and don't forget to check out our collection of travel deals and discounts to ensure you enjoy idyllic weather in September 2014 at a great price.
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