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Weather For Travel In 2016

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Many of us only turn a few pages in the book of the world. We want to stick with what is familiar, what is comfortable. We are afraid of the unknown, and that includes the weather for travel. 2016 could be your year to do something different; to expand your horizons, whatever the weather.

Weather For Travel In 2016

Weather For Travel In 2016
Billy Connolly used to say “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes” A thought provoking response to the preposterously erratic, mediocre climate on these British Isles of ours.

In some places though too hot really is too hot. In others a downpour can last for days, weeks or months. Bad weather can ruin a travel experience. But, armed with an understanding of the weather patterns of the places you are looking to travel to you can remove a lot of the uncertainty. If you travel at the right time, and avoid the extremes, you are far more likely to enjoy the trip. It’s all about planning. Weather should not put you off a place. You should just go at the right time.

In this piece we’ll get to grips with the weather around the world so that can feel more comfortable about the possibility of travelling to a new destination. There is a whole world of cultures, sights, wildlife and attractions out there.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”- Saint Augustine of Hippo

weather for travel In Asia

Summing up Asian weather patterns, as is the case with some of the other contents, is a little tough. There are microclimates of the different regions that make up the continent. However, there are general rules that will hold you in good stead.

  • The beginning of March is the best time to visit Sri Lanka, as the weather is glorious at this time of the year. It’s also a great time to catch a glimpse of blue whales. Generally, the period between October and April is also excellent for holidaymakers. Avoid November and December unless you want to enjoy a monsoon induced mud bath every time you leave your hotel.
  • January is the best time to visit Cambodia and the surrounding area. Blue skies are a permanent fixture. You’ll be unlucky to see rain, and the temperature remains comfortable, rarely pushing the mercury above the 26°C level.
  • Avoid travelling to Nepal between the months of June and August. It rains nearly every day in these months, as it is the monsoon season. Trekkers and backpackers will find many roads treacherous due to heavy overnight rains.
  • You can visit China at any time of the year. A non-weather related word of warning though, 29th September to 10th October is the ‘Golden Week’, when 1.4 billion Chinese take a breather from their daily routines. This translates to logistical chaos around the country, with tourist spots swamped and transportation at breaking point. Perhaps avoid the rush!
  • Southeast Asia travellers generally avoid May until late October, which is the rainy and typhoon season. Borneo is outside the monsoon belt. The period from March until the start of the rainy season is the hottest time in the region. It is extremely uncomfortable, with temperatures frequently exceeding 40°C. You may like hot weather, but 40°C, is too hot to enjoy!
  • You should avoid India in July and August, as this is the height of monsoon season.

weather for travel In Europe

When you travel to Europe boils down to where you are going and the kinds of activities you are looking to enjoy.

In general the best time to visit Europe is between May and September. At the start and end of this window the weather tends to be a little cooler and less predictable, but travel is cheaper and tourist areas are less crowded. If you intend to do a lot of sightseeing and walking then the cooler months may be best. If you want a beach getaway then the middle summer months will be hotter and have less precipitation.

The height of summer can get very hot in some places, with the 40°C mark broken frequently. Watch out for heat waves, as this is tough weather for travel.

If you are looking for a European winter sun getaway then the Canary Islands are a popular choice. From largest to smallest these are the Islands: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. In December, January and February the average high in this outer region of the European Union is 20°C, and the average low 14°C.

weather for travel In North America

There are different climate patterns in the US due to its huge expanse and the different influences on the weather. In some regions there are weather variations even over short distances. The average high in the summer in Las Vegas is 12°C higher than the average at the Grand Canyon for example, despite it being right on the city’s doorstep.

The below average weather map of the US highlights how there are temperature belts across the country.
Travel in the right weather
The climate in Canada is a more uniform than that of the USA. Summer and autumn are mild and pleasant. Winter transforms the landscape into a Disneyesque world with temperatures sometimes dropping as low as -20°C. This might not ideal weather for travel, unless you’ve planned well in advance.

Some general rules:

  • May to October is the best period to visit most regions in Canada. There is a good chance of rain in November and from March to April. December to February is the height of the winter season.
  • Mid-September to mid-October is perhaps the best time to visit California. If you want the hottest weather and a great chance of avoiding any rain then July and August are your months.
  • March, April and May are the best time to visit the Yellowstone National Park. The weather is great to enjoy the wildlife.
  • July and August are generally best avoided in North America if you are heading for an extremely active holiday.
  • From June to November it is the Hurricane season in the South, so you might want to avoid visiting Texas, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma.

weather for travel In South America

South America has some extremely varied geography, from mountains to the huge Amazon rain forest. This means that weather can be equally as varied throughout the continent.

  • October and November are often regarded as the best months for a South American adventure. Most of the countries experience spring like conditions at this time, with wild flowers blossoming and new-born animals taking their first breaths.
  • From November to April, Chile and Northern Argentina are great locations to visit. This is summer time. Outside of this window, precipitation levels and humidity are very high, hampering activities and make things a little uncomfortable.
  • The best times to visit Brazil is, for many, February to June or September to December. Within these windows, the heat is not as harsh as during the peak summer months, and you won’t have to worry about rain disrupting your holiday. The mildly sunny weather and clear skies make for a pleasurable experience, whether you are heading to the beach or exploring.
  • Peru is perhaps the one country in South America that offers an all year round holiday experience, without extreme weather for travel, but it is still a good idea to avoid from January to March when the weather tends to be wet.

weather for travel In Northern Africa

Africa - Weather For Travel 2016Africa is such a vast continent that the maps we use don’t often do it justice. North Africa might appear to be a hot desert, but there are times of the year where the weather for travel is much more suitable.

  • The Northern African weather is quite uniform and it is therefore relatively easy for you to know when to go and when to steer clear, based on your preferences. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit but in areas closest to the desert, expect dust storms from February to April.
  • In autumn, the weather is generally mild and sunny with only very occasional rainfall. Algeria and Tunisia are popular in this period, but Morocco’s weather is also very nice. The winter months are chilly. This is not the best time to visit beachfront resorts but a lovely time to explore the Sahara on camel back.

With these tips, you should be able to better plan your holidays around the world to match the best weather for travel. It is a sure way to make the most out of your trip.

We have a world of opportunities to explore these days. Travel is easier than ever, and at ERGO we can cover your trip and provide a safety net whether you are off on an adventure holiday, a beach holiday, a walking holiday or a sightseeing city break. Single destination or many, we can ensure that you have peace of mind as you travel. Get in touch today on 01403 788 510 or use our quick and easy online quote form to get a quote for your next travel experience.

Weather for travel - 2016

Andy Chapman

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