Where is Hot in October 2024?

October… That in-between month in the UK when you can catch the last fleeting glimpses of summer at the start of the month, while winter begins to loom at the end. Whether you want to extend your summer for as long as possible or ward off the start of the winter blues, October is a great time for a holiday. And believe it or not, there are plenty of destinations that bask in warm sunshine to choose from.

Much of Southern Europe still bakes in temperatures above 20 degrees throughout the whole of October, whereas the Middle East and the Tropics enjoy almost perfect weather at this time of year. Below are our top 5 picks for a hot October holiday…

N.B. temperatures, sunlight hours and rainfall do vary from year to year, all statistics taken from the Met Office.

Our Top 5 Picks For Hot October Holidays 

LocationMax Daytime Temperature (°C)Average Rainfall (mm)
Malta20-25°C60-100mm
Egypt25-35°CMinimal to none
Dubai30-35°CVery minimal
Athens20-25°C30-50mm
Sri Lanka28-32°CVaries by region

Where Is Hot In October In Europe?

October is the ideal time to go on holiday to Europe. If you have the family in tow, the October half term break provides the perfect opportunity to rest and recharge before Christmas. Especially if you’re looking to avoid the crowds and grab a bargain as most of Europe doesn’t have the luxury of the October half term. If you’re on your own or travelling as a couple, you can take advantage of the lower prices of the shoulder season outside of the half term holiday too. Here are our favourite European hotspots in October.

Malta

Malta in October

Max daytime temperature: 25C

Average rainfall: 76mm

Clothes to pack: Shorts and T Shirt, with a light jacket for the evenings

Our favourite hotel: The 4-star Qawra Palace is centrally located in the heart of the action, with ground-level and rooftop pools, and is just 20 minutes by car from Valleta

In October, Malta experiences mild and pleasant weather as it transitions from the warmer summer months to the cooler winter season. The average daytime temperatures range from around 21°C to 27°C, making it generally warm and comfortable for outdoor activities.

October is one of the drier months in Malta with low chances of rainfall, making it great for outdoor adventures. The sea temperature remains relatively warm too, ranging from 22°C to 25°C. So make a splash and explore some of Europe’s top dive sites and wrecks or get the adrenaline pumping with more exciting watersports like windsurfing, jet-skiing, and bananaboating.

It’s considered the shoulder season with fewer tourists compared to the peak summer months, offering a quieter atmosphere for exploring the island’s attractions, beaches, and cultural events. This also means you can find some incredible deals on holidays to Malta in October.

The Algarve

Algarve in October

Max daytime temperature: 24C

Average rainfall: 56mm

Clothes to pack: Shorts, vests and light shirts or tops

Our favourite hotel: The Pine Cliffs Resort is set in quiet, relaxed surroundings and is great for golfers with a private course overlooking the cliffs

In October, the Algarve region in Portugal enjoys mild and sunny weather, making it a popular destination for Brits escaping unpredictable autumn conditions. Daytime temperatures typically range from 17°C to 24°C, offering comfortable conditions for outdoor activities and beach trips.

The sea temperature remains relatively warm too, making it suitable for swimming and water sports. While occasional rainfall is possible, October is generally considered a dry month in the Algarve. With fewer tourists compared to the peak summer season, October provides a quieter atmosphere for exploring the region’s stunning coastline, charming towns, and cultural attractions. And you might even get the chance to experience local festivals and events that showcase the Algarve’s rich cultural heritage.

Corfu

Aqualand Corfu

Max daytime temperature: 24C

Average rainfall: 140mm

Clothes to pack:

Our favourite hotel: The Labrada Sandy Beach Resort features the best of both worlds, with a generous sized pool and direct becah access

In October, Corfu, one of the Ionian Islands of Greece, experiences pleasant weather conditions as it transitions from summer to autumn. You can enjoy mild temperatures in October, with daytime highs typically ranging from 19°C to 24°C (66°F to 75°F). This makes it comfortable for outdoor activities such as exploring the island’s picturesque villages, hiking through scenic landscapes, and visiting historical sites.

The sea temperature remains relatively warm in October too, ranging from 21°C to 24°C (70°F to 75°F), allowing visitors to continue enjoying water activities like swimming, snorkelling, and boating.

While Corfu may experience occasional rainfall in October, it’s generally considered a dry month with plenty of sunshine. The island’s lush vegetation benefits from the occasional rain showers, creating vibrant landscapes.

In October, Corfu sees fewer tourists compared to the peak summer months. Visitors can explore the island’s charming towns, sample delicious Greek cuisine at local tavernas, and immerse themselves in the island’s rich history and culture without the summer crowds.

Athens

Aerial View of Athens with Acropolis in October

Max daytime temperature: 25C

Average rainfall: 39mm

Clothes to pack: Prioritise stretchy, light comfortable clothes as Athens is still hot in October and you’re likely to be doing plenty of exploring

Our favourite hotel: For a relaxing beachy break close to the city, the Vincci Everden Beach Resort is your best option, alternatively, the Melia Athens is located in heart of city, making exploration by foot a breeze

In October, Athens experiences a transition from the warm Mediterranean summer to a cooler autumn. The weather during this month is generally mild and pleasant, with daytime temperatures ranging from around 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F) and cooler evenings and nights averaging between 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F). Rainfall is not very common, but occasional showers may occur.

If you like your sunshine with a side of (ancient) history and culture; Athens is for you. The weather remains comfortable for outdoor activities such as walking tours, hiking in nearby mountains like Mount Hymettus or Mount Parnitha, and exploring parks and gardens. With the summer crowds dwindling, visitors can head out sightseeing and venture through the city’s historic sites, museums, and neighbourhoods with ease.

The city hosts various cultural events, exhibitions, and festivals during October, including concerts, art exhibitions, and theatre performances. This offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in Athens’ vibrant cultural scene.

Dalaman

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Max daytime temperature: 27°C

Average rainfall: 

Clothes to pack: Swim shorts, vests and plenty of sunscreen!

Our favourite hotel: The Green Nature Diamond is a spacious, modern hotel with a luxurious pool area, perfect for an October break

In October, Dalaman, located on the southwest coast of Turkey, experiences the transition from the hot summer season to a more moderate autumn climate.

The weather in Dalaman during October is generally warm and pleasant, with temperatures gradually decreasing from the summer highs. Daytime temperatures typically range from around 22°C to 27°C (72°F to 81°F), while nighttime temperatures may drop to around 12°C to 17°C (54°F to 63°F). While you might see a little bit of rain, it tends to be few and far between.

October is considered an excellent time to visit Dalaman for those who prefer milder temperatures and fewer crowds. The peak tourist season has passed, allowing visitors to enjoy the region’s natural beauty, beaches, and attractions without the summer crowds.

Tourists can explore popular destinations around Dalaman, including the stunning beaches of Ölüdeniz, the ancient city of Kaunos, and the picturesque town of Dalyan. Boat trips along the coast and excursions to nearby attractions are also popular activities during this time.

October offers pleasant conditions for outdoor activities such as hiking, sightseeing, and exploring historical sites. The cooler temperatures make it comfortable to engage in various recreational activities without the intense heat of the summer months.

Rest Of the World 

As with most times of the year, heading to North Africa, the Middle East or the Southern Hemisphere in the European winter is your best bet for virtually guaranteed sun. Whether you’re opting for a short haul break or a far-flung long haul island escape, put off those winter blues for longer.

Egypt

Egypt in October

Max daytime temperature: 28C

Average rainfall: 60mm

Clothes to pack: Shorts, light tops and your snorkel!

Our favourite hotel: The Savoy Hotel in Sharks Bay is the ultimate luxury Egypt experience

In October, Egypt offers travellers favourable weather conditions, making it an ideal time to explore the country’s rich historical sites and natural wonders. Coastal areas like Alexandria and Hurghada boast pleasantly warm temperatures, typically ranging from 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F), accompanied by refreshing sea breezes.

In the Nile Valley, including cities such as Cairo and Luxor, temperatures hover between 25°C to 32°C (77°F to 90°F), creating perfect conditions for exploring ancient temples and tombs. Southern Egypt, including Aswan and Abu Simbel, experiences slightly warmer temperatures, averaging from 28°C to 35°C (82°F to 95°F), with clear skies and minimal rainfall.

Activities abound in Egypt during October. Travellers can explore iconic ancient sites such as the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Luxor offers opportunities to visit the majestic Karnak Temple, the Valley of the Kings, and the impressive Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple. A leisurely cruise along the Nile River provides scenic views of ancient temples and traditional life along the riverbanks.

Those seeking unmissable underwater adventures can head to resort towns like Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh for world-class diving and snorkelling experiences amidst vibrant coral reefs and marine life. Plus you’ll be treated to an array of All Inclusive resorts where you can sit back and relax under the October sun.

For desert enthusiasts, the Western Desert beckons with surreal landscapes like the White Desert and the oases of Siwa and Bahariya. Explore the sands on the back of a camel or get that heart racing on a sand dune adventure.

Morocco

Agadir, Morocco in October

Max daytime temperature: 28C

Average rainfall: 22mm

Clothes to pack: 

Our favourite hotel: Stay at the Eden Andalou Spa Resort for world-class facilities within easy reach of the bustle and bustle of Marrakech

In October, Morocco offers delightful weather conditions suitable for exploration throughout the country. Coastal regions like Casablanca and Essaouira experience mild temperatures, typically ranging from 22°C to 27°C (72°F to 81°F), with cooler evenings. Northern areas such as Tangier and Chefchaouen enjoy similar conditions, with temperatures hovering around 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F).

In inland cities like Marrakech and Fes, daytime temperatures average between 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F), with cooler nights, particularly in the Atlas Mountains. The Sahara Desert maintains hot daytime temperatures, reaching approximately 30°C to 35°C (86°F to 95°F), while nights offer cooler respite.

Morocco doesn’t skimp on fun and interesting activities to enjoy under the sun. Explore the vibrant cities of Marrakech and Fes, where historic sites and bustling medinas await. Journey into the Sahara Desert for camel rides, overnight camping, and mesmerizing stargazing experiences. Venture into the High Atlas Mountains for invigorating hikes, picturesque landscapes, and encounters with Berber villages.

Along the coast, towns like Essaouira beckon with relaxing beachside atmospheres, fortified walls, and delectable seafood offerings. And be sure to keep an eye out for cultural festivals and events celebrating Moroccan traditions, music, and arts, adding further depth to your October visit.

Remember to pack layers to accommodate varying temperatures across different regions and day-to-night transitions. Despite daytime appearances, deserts can get immensely cold overnight.

Australia

Perth in October

Max daytime temperature: Varies by location

Average rainfall: Varies by location

Clothes to pack: Varies by location

Our favourite hotel: The Mercure Sydney Hotel is the perfect base for you to explore one of Australia’s most vibrant cities

Australia sees its seasons at the opposite time to us. In October, Australia experiences a transition from spring to summer, resulting in varied weather conditions across the country. Northern Australia sees the end of the dry season, with warm to hot temperatures and occasional thunderstorms. Meanwhile, eastern Australia enjoys the full swing of spring, characterized by mild to warm temperatures and sporadic rain showers. In southern Australia, spring brings longer days and rising temperatures, although mornings and evenings can still be cool.

For activities, consider exploring the Great Barrier Reef, where October offers ideal conditions for snorkelling, diving, and boat tours amidst warm waters and pleasant weather. In Sydney, take the opportunity to visit iconic landmarks such as the Opera House and engage in various outdoor activities. Surfing and watersports at Bondi Beach are a must.

Melbourne comes alive with the excitement of the Spring Racing Carnival while offering rich arts and cultural experiences, including visits to renowned museums and galleries. Uluru (Ayers Rock) beckons visitors to explore its breathtaking landscapes and delve into its rich Aboriginal culture before temperatures soar. Wine enthusiasts can indulge in tasting experiences in renowned regions like the Barossa Valley and Hunter Valley, set against picturesque vineyard landscapes.

Dubai

Dubai Beach October

Max daytime temperature: 35C

Average rainfall: Minimal

Clothes to pack: If you’re outside, you’ll need clothes to keep you cool, but bring some longer legwear and tops for the air-conditioned malls

Our favourite hotel: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is located on the Palm Corniche within easy reach of downtown and all of the action

In October, Dubai experiences a transition from the scorching heat of the summer months to more moderate temperatures, marking the onset of the winter season.

Daytime temperatures typically range from 30°C to 35°C (86°F to 95°F), while evenings and nights become cooler with temperatures dropping to around 23°C to 28°C (73°F to 82°F). Humidity levels also start to decrease, making the weather more comfortable for outdoor activities.

Dubai is known for its arid desert climate, and rainfall is scarce throughout the year. October typically sees minimal precipitation, if any at all. Rain showers are rare during this time, and the skies remain mostly clear with plenty of sunshine.

The city offers various cultural events and festivals throughout the year, and October is no exception. It marks the beginning of the tourist season as the temperature becomes more comfortable and there are fewer crowds compared to peak winter months (December to February). While there may not be major festivals during this month, Dubai often features entertainment shows, exhibitions, and concerts that cater to both residents and visitors.

With the milder temperatures, October is an excellent time to enjoy outdoor activities in Dubai. From desert safaris and camel rides to water sports and beach outings, there are plenty of options to experience the diverse landscape and attractions that Dubai has to offer.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka October

Max daytime temperature: 30C

Average rainfall: 371mm

Clothes to pack: Plenty of cool clothes as well as light raincoat

Our favourite hotel: The Radisson Blu Resort in Galle is perfect for anyone wanting experience the beaches of Sri Lanka,

In October, Sri Lanka experiences transitional weather patterns as it moves from the southwest monsoon season to the northeast monsoon season. The weather can vary across the country, but generally, you’ll experience warm and humid conditions with temperatures typically ranging from 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F). Rainfall varies depending on the region, with some areas experiencing intermittent showers and thunderstorms while others remain relatively dry.

October falls within the shoulder season for tourism in Sri Lanka. While it may not be as crowded as the peak tourist season (December to March), it’s still a good time to visit due to fewer crowds and somewhat favourable weather conditions in many parts of the country. However, it’s essential to check weather forecasts and plan activities accordingly, especially if you’re visiting regions prone to heavier rainfall.

Sri Lanka is culturally rich, and October may witness various festivals and cultural events across the island. One significant festival during this time is Deepavali (Diwali), celebrated by the Tamil community with a firey spirit. It’s a beautiful time to experience the vibrant cultural traditions and festivities in Sri Lanka.

October can be an excellent time for wildlife enthusiasts to visit Sri Lanka as the vegetation is lush after the monsoon rains, and animals are often more active. Yala National Park, Udawalawe National Park, and Wilpattu National Park are some of the popular destinations for wildlife safaris.