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Your Guide to the Climate in Miami
Let’s face it: Miami is a popular vacation destination, in part because its climate is pretty steady year-round. Tropical weather is the norm, no matter the season, but there are some variations in temperature, precipitation and other weather. There’s also hurricane season to consider. Learn more about Miami’s climate here.
Spring in Miami
Miami begins to warm up a bit in March with highs around 80. By April, the average high is 83, and in May, it’s 87, according to Vacation Idea. Low temperatures during the spring are in the 60s and 70s. However, the humidity is lower than it is during the summer. March and April see less rain than any other months of the year in Miami, and some people think those months are when the city is at its most beautiful. If you’re planning to travel to Miami, keep in mind that March and early April are when the snowbirds usually return north, but there can be an influx of spring breakers coming to the city to party.
Summer in Miami
Summers in Miami are hot and humid. The average temperatures in June, July and August hover in the high 80s and low 90s and can get up into the mid to high 90s frequently. Luckily, there are plenty of pools and beaches where you can cool off. It’s also important to keep in mind that this is Miami’s rainy season, so be prepared to get wet. Unfortunately, that rain typically brings mosquitoes with it, so the evenings can be a bit on the buggy side. And, hurricane season technically starts in June, so it’s important to stay alert.
Fall in Miami
The rainy season in Miami may continue on into fall, though it tends to taper off in November. According to US News & World Report, the city can see almost around eight inches of rain in September but only around two in November. Temperatures usually remain in the 80s, and the humidity sticks around through the fall. November marks the end of the hurricane season, though these storms tend to make landfall more often in September than during any other month, notes Trip Savvy.
Winter in Miami
Winter in Miami certainly doesn’t feel like winter, especially when you compare it to the rest of the United States. There’s little rain and humidity, and the average high temperatures are in the mid to high 70s. According to Vacation Idea, the city sees 209 hours of sunshine during December. January barely sees any rain at all, and February is warm and dry as well. As a matter of fact, February is typically the busiest season for festivals.
The Best Time for a Miami Vacation
If you’re planning to take a Miami vacation, each season has its advantages and disadvantages. While the weather in winter is considered perfect by many, the city tends to be busier, and lodging and travel expenses can be much higher. Spring, if you miss the spring break crowd, is nice, and summer can be miserable if you don’t enjoy hot weather. That said, you can get some really good deals in late spring and early summer. If you’re willing to gamble with hurricane season, fall is when the city is at its least crowded.
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A Guide to World Climate
In this world climate guide, we want to break down all major climate types and some of the well known destinations for each climate conditions.
Traveling is fun when you also factor in the climate and weather. A gorgeous valley can be covered in clouds and a tropical paradise can easily rain on your dreams. Too much sun can burn your skin and damage your eyes, while chilly winds can freeze your motivation to go outside.
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Climate (in a broader sense of the word) can be categorized into twelve types. These are:
- Tropical savanna
- Humid subtropical
- Humid continental
- Desert (with no or little rain)
- Steppe (Grassland)
- Polar ice cap
Rainforests are characterized by high rainfall, morning mists and clouds, overall wetness and warmer (but not hot) temperature. The weather and climate is more or less the same all year round.
There may be many millions of species of plants, insects and microorganisms still undiscovered in tropical rainforests. Thing about it, around 50% to 75% of all living species are indigenous to the rainforests. And, they are also responsible for 28% of the world’s oxygen production!
Rainforests can be further classified into two types:
- Tropical rainforest (has no dry season, rains all 12 months)
- Temperate rainforest (has seasonal changes)
Tropical rainforests have been called the “jewels of the Earth” and the “world’s largest pharmacy” , because over one quarter of natural medicines have been discovered there.
Tropical rainforests exist in:
- Papua New Guinea
- Brazil (the Amazon rainforest)
- Nicaragua (Bosawas Biosphere Reserve)
Temperate rainforests have wider rage of temperature fluctuation, seasonal changes, and rain fall.
Temperate rain forests are found in the oceanic moist regions around the world, such as:
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- Australia (southeastern region)
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- Iran (northern region)
A monsoon is a seasonal prevailing wind which lasts for several months, ushering in a region’s rainy season. Regions within North America, South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Australia and East Asia are monsoon regimes.
Tropical savanna climate
A tropical savanna is a grassland located in semi-arid to semi-humid climate regions of subtropical and tropical latitudes, with average temperatures at or above 18 °C (64 °F) year round and decent amount of rainfall. These are great conditions for many of the mammals.
Savanna climate regions are widespread in:
- Africa (literally, it’s known for it)
- India (some parts)
- South America (northern parts)
- Australia (it seems Australia has every type of climate)
Humid subtropical climate
The humid subtropical climate zone where winter rainfall (and sometimes snowfall) is associated with large storms that the westerlies steer from west to east.
Most summer rainfall occurs during thunderstorms and from occasional tropical cyclones. Humid subtropical climates lie on the east side of continents, roughly between latitudes 20° and 40° degrees away from the equator.
Humid continental climate
A humid continental climate is marked by variable weather patterns and a large seasonal temperature variance. Places with more than three months of average daily temperatures above 10 °C (50 °F) and a coldest month temperature below −3 °C (27 °F) and which do not meet the criteria for an arid or semiarid climate, are classified as continental.
An oceanic climate is typically found along the west coasts at the middle latitudes of all the world’s continents, and in southeastern Australia, and is accompanied by plentiful of rain year-round.
The Mediterranean climate regime resembles the climate of the lands in the Mediterranean Basin. The climate is characterized by hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters.
Places to visit to experience this ideal climate for maximum human happiness.
- Mediterranean countries (Greece, etc.)
- Western North America (some parts)
- Western and South Australia (some parts)
- Southwestern South Africa
- Central Chile
A desert is a landscape form or region that receives very little rain. Deserts usually have a large variation in seasonal temperature range and as well as big differences in day and night temperatures.
The highs or lows, depending on location, time of the day, and seasons, can be easily anywhere from 50 °C (120 °F) to below 0 °C (32 °F), mainly due to extremely low humidity.
Also, please note that many deserts are formed by rain shadows, as mountains block the path of moisture and precipitation to the desert. So, not all deserts are covered with sand dunes. They can also be just dry and barren or flat with nothing in it.
A steppe is a dry grassland with an annual temperature range in the summer of up to 40 °C (104 °F) and during the winter down to −40 °C (−40 °F).
A subarctic climate has little precipitation, and monthly temperatures which are above 10 °C (50 °F) for one to three months of the year, with permafrost in large parts of the area due to the cold winters. Winters within subarctic climates usually include up to six months of temperatures averaging below 0 °C (32 °F).
Tundra occurs in the far Northern Hemisphere, north of the taiga belt, including vast areas of northern Russia and Canada.
A polar ice cap (or polar ice sheet), is a high-latitude region that is always covered in thick ice. Ice caps form because these regions receive less sun light and therefore has lower surface temperatures.
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The best time to visit Costa Rica is between December and April on its Pacific Coast, when the weather is at its driest and brightest, and between March and September on the Caribbean side.
We’d also recommend travelling in Costa Rica’s green season, from May to June or in November. This is when you catch the seasons in transition, and the national parks are quieter.
Costa Rica’s wildlife is hard to rival and a key attraction of the country, as long as you miss September and October’s heavier rainfall. It’s a tropical country, so you should be prepared for rain at any time of year, even in the dry season, but it’s this rainfall that makes Costa Rica so lush and beautiful.
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Costa Rica’s high season brings the least amount of prolonged rainfall; though tropical showers are always to be expected in a country with such plentiful rainforest. This season brings many visitors, particularly in January and over Easter, with busier national parks and beaches but wonderful conditions for viewing wildlife, trying adventure activities and relaxing on jungle-fringed coastlines.
Visiting Costa Rica in May - June
The official start of Costa Rica’s ‘green season’. While rainfall does indeed become more frequent, this is still interspersed with plenty of warm sunshine; particularly in the Central Valley, Caribbean Coast and Northern Pacific. National parks are quieter, so you can spend longer periods observing the wildlife without interruptions. Surfers will also enjoy this time of year, with increasing swells on the country’s best surfing beaches.
Visiting Costa Rica in July - August
Rainfall is increasing, but this does not deter all visitors; particularly those with school-age children heading to Costa Rica to enjoy its wealth of adventure activities. This is also a great time to see green sea turtles on the coastline of the Tortuguero National Park , and the beginning of whale watching season around Dominical . For those looking for some beach time, sunshine can still be found on the far northern Pacific coast, which receives the lowest year-round rainfall in Costa Rica.
Visiting Costa Rica in September - October
This is the height of Costa Rica’s wet season and travel is not recommended. Prolonged heavy rainfall makes wildlife spotting challenging, while roads will be muddy and sometimes impassable due to higher river crossings or landslides, making exploration beyond the main highways difficult.
Visiting Costa Rica in November - December
The end of the heavy rains can be difficult to predict, with some heavy rain still to be expected until the end of November, but by mid-December the worst will certainly be over.
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January in Vietnam
- Generally dry weatherChilly in mountainous far northMany restaurants and shops close for Tet
Vietnam in January is generally dry in the north and south (although central Vietnam is still at the tail-end of its rainy season). It's much cooler in the north around Hanoi and Halong Bay than it is further south. In the mountainous far north it can get decidedly chilly in the mornings and evenings, with temperatures as low as 5C. Tet Nguyen Dan, the Lunar New Year, often falls in January. Hotels fill up for this major celebration, while many restaurants and shops draw their shutters.
February in Vietnam
- Beach resorts popularWarm, dry conditions in most areasSuperb trekking and cycling weather
February is a popular month for travel to Vietnam, with warm, dry and sunny weather across much of the country. Vietnam in February is superb for cycling and trekking sunscreen is essential, as is a warm jacket for evenings. Coastal destinations such as Hoi An and Danang are busy with sunseekers on the beaches. Tet Nguyen Dan (Lunar New Year) can fall in February, meaning hotels book up and many shops and restaurants close for this country-wide celebration.
March in Vietnam
- Start of peak seasonSouth Vietnam heating upTrekking and cycling in north and central Vietnam
The warm, dry weather of Vietnam in March sees the onset of peak season, although it starts to get uncomfortably hot in the south by the end of the month. Beach resorts are very busy, while March is also considered the best month to cruise around the magnificent limestone islands of Halong Bay under clear, rain-free skies. Trekking and cycling in northern and central Vietnam are fantastic at this time of year.
April in Vietnam
- Beach resorts busyGreat for family holidaysSpring flowers in mountains
Weather-wise, Vietnam in April is idyllic. Trekking in the mountainous north, where spring flowers can still be seen, or cycling in the countryside are the best ways to escape the crowds. Sun worshippers can get their kicks on the coast, although in the south the mercury is creeping up even in the shade. You do get the odd shower as monsoon approaches, but April is a good time to go to Vietnam with the family.
April is great for a Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City adventure
May in Vietnam
- Peak season drops offUncomfortably hot in the southExpect occasional afternoon showers
With temperatures in south Vietnam climbing to 40C at times, you want to be further north, in the mountains, Hanoi or the central coast, in May. Ho Chi Minh City is hot and humid as monsoon season approaches, with short afternoon showers likely. You'll also get the odd burst of rain in northern Vietnam, but the temperatures are much more manageable. Hiking and cycling are still very pleasant in Vietnam in May and you can often snag a bargain with peak season winding down.
June in Vietnam
- Vietnam monsoon season starts in the southRain and storms rule out trekking in the northLook to cities and central Vietnam beaches
If you're after a low season bargain, Vietnam in June could be a winner. The steamy south is experiencing short, sharp showers that rarely affect travel too much and can lead to sporadic flooding in some parts of the Mekong Delta. Trekking in northern Vietnam is inadvisable, with heavy rainfall bogging up the trails and the occasional storm in the mountains. In central Vietnam, however, the coast is warm and usually dry head for Hoi An and Da Nang and bring your beach towel. Vietnam's culture is influenced by its past links with China. The lunar calendar is used for most festivals.
Best for: beach days, diving and checking out UNESCO World-Heritage listed sites
July is considered to be in the middle of the low season in Vietnam, so popular destinations like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are less crowded and accommodation is generally cheaper. However, the weather varies a lot from region to region, so you must plan accordingly to avoid disappointment or disruption to your travel plans.
Central Vietnam’s weather patterns remain relatively the same as in previous months, so spending time in Hue and Hoi An are good options if you’re into plenty of sunshine and rain-free days. The northern regions, such as Halong Bay and Sapa experience hot, stormy weather with temperatures reaching 30°C+ most days, while the south is still firmly in its wet season, so a mix of rainy days and sunny weather is the norm.
Best for: watching baby Green Turtles hatch, learning how to cook Vietnamese food and beach lounging
If you’re set on trekking through the mountainous regions of northern Vietnam, then August isn’t the month to travel in, but if you’re more interested in lounging out on beaches in Hoi An and Danang, then start blocking out the dates in your calendar – you’re good to go.
Yes, temperatures in central Vietnam can reach beyond 30°C+ but short bursts of rain are common (especially towards the end of the month), and they’ll give you a slight reprieve from the heat. Watching baby Green Turtles hatch should also be on the agenda if you’re visiting Con Dao Island as they start their slow but adorable journey to the sea from mid-August onwards.
Best for: Mid-Autum Festival celebrations, trips to Hoan Kiem Lake and exploring the Mu Cang Chai valley
September sees both the northern and southern regions emerge from their hot and humid seasons while central Vietnam enters its monsoonal era – think torrential downpours and flooding in places such as Hoi An and the caves of Phong Nha. While typhoon season technically started in June (and runs until November), they’re more likely to occur in September, so be aware of changing weather conditions and keep up to date with local advice.
Destinations like Hanoi and Phu Quoc experience 14 and 17 days of rain respectively (out of the month), so they still promise plenty of days where the sun is shining and temperatures aren’t too warm. There’s also celebration in the air thanks to the Mid-Autumn Festival and Vietnam Independence Day, both occurring in September. Why not make the most of these cultural events and immerse yourself as much as you can?
Best for: Keo Pagoda Festival celebrations, Halloween festivities and day trips to Moc Chau
While October’s weather isn’t optimal country-wide, it’s still possible to have a great holiday in Vietnam during this time - in fact, it’s probable. Temperatures are starting to come down again after summer heat in the northern regions, while typhoons are less likely to occur in the south. However, central Vietnam is still in the thick of its wet period so it’s best to avoid those areas if you want to spend your holiday outside enjoying the country’s beautiful landscapes.
Best for: Halong Bay cruises, fishing and mountain hiking
Move aside central Vietnam; November is the northern regions’ time to shine (literally). The rainy days of the summer season are finally gone (mostly) and temperatures are no longer stifling, so it’s the perfect time to explore the country’s breathtaking mountains.
Beachside destinations such as Phan Tiet and Mui Ne in Vietnam’s south are also ready to wave goodbye to typhoon season and hello to excited travellers looking to make the most of the region’s sunny, clear weather. Indulge in 27°C days and spend your time laying out on pristine beaches or swimming in crystal-clear waters.
Best for: island life, performing Tai Chi and Christmas and New Years Eve celebrations
Fantastic weather is well and truly on the cards for southern Vietnam in December with near-perfect conditions and comfortable temperatures. Humidity levels are also low with little to no rainfall expected throughout the month so why not spend your time outside by walking in parks, laying out on a beach or participating in some Tai Chi?
Central Vietnam should still be avoided if you’re not keen on stormy weather; however, expected rainfall does decrease dramatically so it’s entirely possible to get lucky with a few clear days if you’re travelling to this region in September. Preparations for Christmas and New Years also ramp up as the month goes on with cities nationwide getting into the festive spirit by decorating storefronts and hosting markets.
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When to visit Canada
Canada is a vast country, and the weather can be quite different in the East and in the West .
Here is a general guide to Canada's tourist seasons to know when is the best time to visit us:
WHEN TO VISIT IN SUMMER?
- Very Favourable
The best type of vacation in April is one that lets you explore some of the big cities, such as our " Wonders of the North " road trip.
Early May to the end of June Mid-May to late June is a great time to visit Canada! There are not a lot of tourists so prices are reasonable. The summer tourist season has officially begun, although the first two weeks of May are generally quiet (and many attractions are still closed). There are new leaves in the trees; nature is in full bloom.
July and August July-August is peak tourist season right across Canada, from Halifax to Vancouver, especially from mid-July to mid-August . For the most popular attractions and locations, you may need to book 6 to 9 months in advance to be sure of availability (and for better prices, as it is always more expensive to book at the last minute).
Cities and national parks are teeming with tourists from around the world. And naturally, prices at their highest.
Days can be very hot (see weather stats tables below).
The weather is still very pleasant, especially in September, although evenings can be quite chilly. You might enjoy reading our " What to wear in summer in Canada? " section, which will help you plan what clothing to pack.
There are fewer tourists and prices are generally lower.
In short, it's the ideal time to take a Canadian vacation!
November Like April, November is not the best time for travel in Canada. It can be cold and rainy, and there are no more leaves in the trees.
The best type of vacation in November is one that lets you explore some of the big cities, such as our " Wonders of the North " road trip.
WHEN TO VISIT IN WINTER?
The Canadian winter lasts from mid-December to mid-March . It is a great time to enjoy exciting winter activities like snowmobiling and dog sledding.
Mid-December to early January The holiday season (December 20 to January 3) is a very busy time of year because of all the Christmas and New Year's festivities. It is best to book at least 6 months in advance.
The weather is pleasant (see weather stats table below) and snow conditions are generally good.
January The coldest month of the year. There are fewer tourists, making January the least expensive month for winter travel in Canada.
February The temperature starts to rise. Schools generally have their spring break in February. There are a lot of tourists and many families on vacation; prices are therefore higher. Book 6 months in advance if possible.
March The weather is almost spring-like with a lot more sunshine. Winter sports can still be enjoyed in early March. After that, there is no guarantee that there will be enough snow.
WHEN TO VISIT WESTERN CANADA?
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