Where is hot in September
September is one of the best months of the year for a sunshine break. You’ll find hot weather, warm seas and uncrowded resorts across the Mediterranean, plus many great options further afield.
Temperatures in September tend to be less punishing than in July and August, but in Southern Europe you can expect around 25°C to 32°C, perfect for lazing in the sun and enjoying the occasional excursion. Rainfall is very low in September.
Because of the start of the new school year, very few families travel in September. However, tour operators continue with their summer flight programmes all the way into October, which is why you can get such great deals on holidays in September. It’s a time when supply outstrips demand.
Another advantage is that the sea temperature in the Mediterranean is pleasantly warm. So where is hot in September for a holiday?
Short haul destinations
You don’t need to travel a long way south to find warm weather. You could take the train (or fly, of course) to the South of France where glamorous destinations such as Nice, Monte Carlo and St Tropez are enjoying temperatures of 25°C. It’s also a great month for a wine tour of France.
Hot and sunny weather is all but guaranteed across the Mediterranean. The Italian islands of Sardinia and Sicily both enjoy average temperatures of 26°C and – because the Italians all tend to holiday in August – the beaches are never crowded in September. In the deep south of Italy, the beaches of Puglia will still be hot (you can also take a yoga holiday in Puglia).
Elsewhere in Italy, the Amalfi Coast is stunning in September – you can visit the historic town of Sorrento and the gorgeous island of Capri. The Italian Lakes will have cooled off a little but still be warm enough for sunbathing. Find more holiday destinations in Italy.
In the Greek islands, Crete enjoys hot temperatures and has some excellent villas with private pools. Details here. You can expect to find special offers in September. Even further north in quiet Paxos you can expect 27°C.
If you want real heat, head to Cyprus where the mercury regularly hits 32°C and higher. You can also cut costs by booking a holiday in North Cyprus which is outside the Eurozone. See the latest special offers.
Let’s not forget Spain. The Costa de la Luz in the far south-west has wonderful white sand beaches that will be uncrowded – and hot – in September. The much-neglected regions of northern Spain are always worth considering. They are great value and especially good if you want to combine a beach with some cultural sightseeing and outdoors adventure.
Short breaks in September
If you’ve used up all your holiday allowance – or just fancy getting away for a few days of sunshine – September is also a great month for a European city break. In Spain, Madrid and Barcelona both enjoy temperatures in the mid-20s, although Barcelona has the advantage of a city beach. Further south, Seville is still hot with temperatures of 32°C, making sightseeing a bit of a challenge.
In Italy, Florence reaches 26°C and Rome 27°C – ideal temperatures for some lazy sightseeing and al fresco meals. Venice – never the best place to visit in high summer – is starting to become civilised again as the crowds drift away. The ultimate way to get there is on the Orient Express from London. You can also take a luxury hotel barge across the Venetian lagoon.
It’s only a two-hour flight to Budapest, a great-value city that is packed with fascinating sights.
Another reliable city break destination in September is Tunis, less than 3 hours flying time from the UK, where we recommend The Residence Tunis. And if you really enjoy the heat, head to Cairo or Marrakech.
Long haul destinations
September is a great time to visit Africa. It’s spring in Southern Africa and the dry, warm weather makes conditions perfect for game spotting as the animals congregate around the water holes. In Namibia, Botswana and Tanzania you can expect temperatures of up to 28°C.
The Masai Mara in Kenya is a pleasant 24°C while the Victoria Falls – accessible from either Zambia or Zimbabwe – hits 29°C.
The paradise island destinations of the Indian Ocean are hot in September. The Seychelles and the Maldives both hover around the 30°C mark. It’s a perfect time to visit Madagascar where you can laze on white sand beaches and discover the island’s unique flora and fauna.
Much of South East Asia is hot and wet in September. One of the best destinations is Bali where you can expect temperatures of around 33°C and minimal rainfall. The weather in Sri Lanka should be fine and dry with temperatures around 29°C.
Temperatures are still high in Egypt, Jordan and Dubai, all of which are arguably a bit too hot for holidays in September. Unless you are in search of blistering heat, you should perhaps save these destinations for later in the autumn or winter. However, Morocco works well if you want to visit the coast or the Atlas Mountains.
America in September
This a great time to visit America. The weather on the coasts is ideal, although it may be a bit too hot for comfort in the mid West. It also tends to be humid and stormy in Florida.
The cities of New York, Boston and Washington DC are obvious places to start. Rent a car or join an escorted coach tour and you could see the autumn leaves in New England or New York State. It’s still warm enough to rent a beach house in Cape Cod or stay at a grand hotel such as The Vanderbilt Grace in Newport, Rhode Island.
California offers guaranteed sunshine. Stay on Redondo Beach or Santa Monica, cycle through the vineyards of Napa Valley, hang out in stylish Palm Springs or drive the Pacific Coast Highway, one of the world’s most scenic roads.
Take a fly-drive holiday to soak up the beauty of America’s National Parks including Monument Valley and Yellowstone or take a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. Love the outdoors? Go camping in the Rockies or New York and Niagara.
In the South, you can drive the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, savour the gracious charm of Georgia or tour historic plantation homes in Louisiana. Or take an escorted tour of Texas which is almost a country in its own right. You’ll see it all, from Southfork Ranch in Dallas to NASA’s home in Houston.
Take a road trip along the Civil War route, or discover the vast landscapes of the Great Lakes. It’s a good time of year to visit Alaska where you can join a small ship cruise, or discover vast tracts of wilderness on a fly-drive. Details here.
Find more ideas in America at our sister site, 101 USA Holidays.
This article was last updated on 24 July 2014.
Hot holidays in September