This winter’s weather in the UK has made for an eye-watering experience.
The winter of 2015/2016 has gone down as one of the wettest and windiest on record, thanks to the effects of El Nino.
While temperatures may have sat comfortably above average, seemingly endless sheets of rain and widespread flooding have dampened the spirit of many Brits.
Fortunately, of course, it’s ever easier and cheaper to leave British shores for a few weeks. If you’ve had enough of waiting for spring to arrive, and are considering jetting off for some reliable sunshine, the obvious question is where to go in March?
As it turns out Britain isn’t the only country to be effected by El Nino, with even many tropical climates experiencing uncharacteristically high rainfall over recent months.
However there are a number of countries offering great odds of reliable sunshine and warm temperatures. If you’re heading away over the Easter break here’s where the weather should be better right now…
The period between Christmas and the end of April is in many ways the “high season” in Central America. Countries such as Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama are benefitting from the end of their dry season, meaning much lighter rainfall than other times of the year. The dry season also tends to concentrate animals around the remaining drinking holes, making for great wildlife watching.
Also let’s not forget that Mexico, always a popular destination, is buzzing at this time of the year. Furthermore with the fall in value of the Mexican peso you’ll find your holiday-money goes even further than this time last year.
Temperatures in the Caribbean may not be at their peak yet but you’ll still find reliable sunshine and temperatures comfortable-enough for swimming and sunbathing. Even better, as the high season has not yet begun there are often bargains to be found, especially for last-minute escapes.
If you fancy a destination which offers culture rather than just lazing on the beach then March is an ideal time of the year to visit northern Africa. Morocco enjoys temperatures in the low to mid 20’s at this time, while southern Egypt also offers very pleasant temperatures (the north tends to be hotter).
The Pound is currently worth 26% more against the Rand than it was this time last year. This means exceptional value-for-money in this beautiful country. Why not soak up the sun while on a safari, while smugly thinking about the rest of us sat huddling in the UK?
Lastly there’s no need to travel to exotic climes if you’d like some winter sun. Much of the southern states – from Texas to Florida and California – are bathed in temperatures of 20-25’C at this time of year. Indeed, many people find that the climate in Texas and her neighbouring states are actually most pleasant at this time of year – some time before the mercury really starts to climb to their sizzling summer maximums.