The driest holiday destinations in the world to escape the rain

The weather in the UK is unpredictable. Even during the summer, we can find ourselves sitting inside looking out the window as the heavens open and the rain ruins our plans, once again. As we watch it fall we’ll no doubt be dreaming about the driest places on Earth.

But, why only dream about them when we can visit and enjoy the sun for ourselves? Whether you are planning a winter break or your summer holiday, here are the driest countries* month-by-month, so you can ensure your trip overseas isn’t a washout. 

January – Maldives 

Average Temperature: 27℃

Hours of sunshine: 9 

Rainfall: 75mm 

You may have noticed many holidaymakers jetting off to the Maldives for a post-Christmas break. There’s a good reason for that. It enjoys beautiful weather all year round but it’s ideal for a winter holiday as it’s the dry season so you can expect it to be hot and sunny with little chance of rain. Why not join them and start your year sunning yourself outside your water bungalow? Not struggling to keep your umbrella over your head as you walk through the wind and rain.

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February – Cape Town, South Africa 

Average temperature: 22.5℃  

Hours of sunshine: 10.5  

Rainfall: 20mm 

Whether you are heading away for Valentine’s day or just in search of some sun, Cape Town is perfect in February because not only is it summer, but also the capital’s hottest month. Temperatures can reach highs of 29℃ in South Africa, which means you’ll completely forget about the dreary weather back at home when you are taking in the spectacular views from Table Mountain or soaking up the sunshine on a sandy beach.

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March – Hurghada, Egypt 

Average temperature: 20℃  

Hours of sunshine: 11  

Rainfall: 1mm 

Egypt’s second-largest city enjoys a desert climate which ensures there is very little rain. Temperatures are pleasant throughout the month with highs of 24℃. The weather is perfect for topping up your tan on the soft sand as well as snorkelling in the clear, warm waters of the Red Sea.

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April – Lanzarote, Canary Islands   

Average temperature: 20℃  

Hours of sunshine: 9   

Rainfall: 5mm 

You don’t need to go far to escape the April showers. The Canary Islands are warm all year round but this month is one of the best times to head here as temperatures have just started to creep up again without being unbearably hot. Plus, there is an incredibly low chance of rainfall. These are the ideal conditions to explore the dormant volcanoes at Timanfaya National Park. 

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May – Cyprus 

Average temperature: 19.5℃  

Hours of sunshine: 11   

Rainfall: 5.3mm 

Cyprus benefits from 326 days of sunshine a year but May is the start of this country’s summer. The popular coastal city of Paphos can reach highs of 24℃ but it gets hotter further inland you go. Wherever you base yourself, this is a very dry month with very little rain, so you can take advantage of the spectacular coastline. You won’t want to miss Nissi Beach, with its soft white sand and azure waters.

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June – Rome, Italy  

Average temperature: 23℃  

Hours of sunshine: 9   

Rainfall: 6mm 

Italy’s capital city is ideal for a weekend away just before summer starts back in the UK. It is warm without being too hot, which is ideal for sightseeing. This month is very dry, so you know that you won’t be looking at the Trevi Fountain, Colosseum or the Sistine Chapel through the rain.

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July – Algarve, Portugal 

Average temperature: 23.5℃  

Hours of sunshine: 12   

Rainfall: 5.2mm 

If you are planning a trip in July, why not visit the Algarve? One of Europe’s sunniest destinations. The south of Portugal boasts 300 days of sun a year. There is almost no rain in the summer so you can be sure you’ll be able to visit some of the most beautiful beaches on the continent or play a round of golf on world-famous courses – minus an umbrella.

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August – Ibiza, Balearic Islands 

Average temperature: 26℃  

Hours of sunshine: 13   

Rainfall: 9mm 

This is one of the UK’s warmest months, so you don’t want to risk potentially leaving behind the sun for rain. That is why you should visit the Balearic Islands. This is the hottest month of the year in Ibiza with temperatures reaching highs of 30℃. Whether you want to experience the nightlife in the party capital of the world or relax on the more laidback side of the island, you can do so in the sun, rather than the rain. 

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September -Crete, Greece 

Average temperature: 24℃  

Hours of sunshine: 10    

Rainfall: 10mm 

As the summer comes to an end in the UK, head to Greece to extend your time in the sun and avoid the rain. On Greece’s largest island, temperatures can reach highs of 27and the sea is still warm – making it a great time to visit Crete’s famous Elafonisi Beach. 

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October – Las Vegas, USA 

Average temperature: 21℃  

Hours of sunshine: 10    

Rainfall: 6mm 

This is a great time to see the bright lights of Las Vegas. You can explore the strip and its famous hotels without needing to put your umbrella up once. Sin City is dry all year round due to its desert location but it also cools down significantly in October which is perfect for sightseeing. The evenings are a little chilly and it starts to get colder towards the end of the month, so make sure you pack layers for your trip to the USA.

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November – Mauritius 

Average temperature: 24℃  

Hours of sunshine: 10   

Rainfall: 50mm 

November is actually the first month of summer in Mauritius, making it the perfect time to visit. Days are hot and dry, so you can soak up the sun on the powder-soft sand as you watch the waves lap gently against the shore. The sea temperature is 25℃, perfect for swimming and watersports. Mauritius is pure paradise, a million miles from the winter weather back home.

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December – Dubai 

Average temperature: 21℃  

Hours of sunshine: 8    

Rainfall: 20mm 

While you’ll need to wrap up in hats, scarfs, gloves and coats to travel to the airport, as soon as you land in Dubai, you’ll be in shorts and a t-shirt. The desert climate ensures that it’s dry and hot all year round here, so if you are looking for a pre-Christmas trip, it’s the ideal place to head for. Make your way to the top of the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building and look out across the skyline to the ocean shimmering in the sunlight.

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There are plenty of places to escape the rain – now you just need to decide which month you are going to do it.

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