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Where’s hot in February?

Written by: Russell Wallace | Travel Insurance Expert
Last updated: 14 May 2024 | Created: 8 February 2023

Last updated on May 14th, 2024 at 02:33 pm

Where to visit in February?

February is a great month to chase the sun and escape the end of the UK winter. Most of the hotter destinations for this month are further afield, so be prepared for a longer flight if you want to get some sun in February.

You can head east to Phuket or Singapore, west to the Caribbean and Mexico, or even go down under to Australia and New Zealand.

Where is the hottest place in Europe in February?

Europe doesn’t see a lot of sun in February, so there are not many hot holiday destinations. However, for a nearby option, Cairo is an excellent choice for this time of year.

Where is sunny in February? Popular destinations:

On average, some of the hottest destinations to visit in February are:

Source: MetOffice


Destination Average temperature
in February
Average hours of
sunshine in February
Average flight time from the UK
Phuket 33.1 °C 8 hours 12 hours 30 minutes
Cancun 32.3 °C 5 hours 10 hours 40 minutes
Singapore 31.6 °C 6 hours 13 hours
Barbados 29.2 °C 9 hours 8 hours 30 minutes
Dominican Republic 28.9 °C 9 hours 8 hours 30 minutes
Cape Town 27 °C 9.5 hours 11 hours 30 minutes
Melbourne 26.7 °C 8 hours 21 hours 30 minutes
Auckland 24.2 °C 7 hours 22 hours 20 minutes
Orlando 23.1 °C 11 hours 9 hours 40 minutes
Cairo 20.5 °C 11 hours 4 hours 40 minutes

Phuket in February

With a balmy average of 33.1 °C and 8 hours a day of sunshine, it’s not hard to see why Phuket is a popular destination. February is also the driest month in Thailand, with an average rainfall of 30mm. Be sure to take advantage of the warm sea temperature of around 29 °C.

The Dominican Republic in February

The island’s tropical climate makes The Dominican Republic a perfect choice if you want to spend your February relaxing on the beach, with plenty of sunshine and heat. Average temperatures hit just under 29 °C, and February has the lowest rainfall you can expect all year.

Melbourne in February

February is one of Australia‘s peak tourist months, so don’t expect a quiet off-season trip when you visit Melbourne. It’s summer in the Southern Hemisphere, so this city frequently hits temperatures around 27 °C. If that sounds a little warm, the sea breeze can make it feel cooler than you’d expect. The sea temperature at this time of year is around 18 °C.

Auckland in February

The largest city in New Zealand has a stable, warm temperature throughout the year. With averages of just over 24 °C and 7 hours of sunshine a day, Auckland is a beautiful choice if you want to explore a new city this February.

Cairo in February

The desert climate of the capital of Egypt means you’ll have warm days and cool nights. While it is winter in Cairo, the average temperatures are still over 20 °C. This means you can explore the ancient and vibrant city without having to contend with the intense summer heat you can expect later in the year.

No matter where you head this February, remember to arrange Comprehensive Travel Insurance as soon as your trip is booked.