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Chase the Sun – Where’s hot in October?

Written by: Lydia Crispin | Travel Insurance Expert
Last updated: 14 May 2024 | Created: 23 September 2021

Last updated on May 14th, 2024 at 02:21 pm

Where to visit in October?

As the nights begin to draw in and the leaves start to turn, autumn is in the air. There’s a lot to get excited about at this time of year, with Halloween and Bonfire night approaching. Not to mention Chritsmas around the corner.

But for some of us, the end of the hot sunny weather is not something to be treasured. If you’re one of those people, why not plan an autumn escape? Booking your autumn sun holiday can give you a boost to make it through until Christmas.

As temperatures begin to fall in the UK, there are plenty of short and long haul sunshine destinations available for you. In any given year, October is a great month to getaway. Schools are back, so airports are less crowded. It’s sunny and dry everywhere from Southern Europe to South America, and prices are lower than the peak of summer.

Where is the hottest place in Europe in October?

October is a perfect time to enjoy some autumn sun in the Mediterranean. It’s warm and sunny in the first half of October with temperatures in the high 20s and the sea warm enough for swimming. Temperatures only start to cool down towards the end of the month.

Where is sunny in October? Popular destinations:

On average, some of the hottest destinations to visit in October are: Source: MetOffice

Destination Average temperature in October Average hours of sunshine in October Average flight time from the UK
Cancun 32.9C 7 10 Hours 25 minutes
Marrakech 28.3C 8 3 Hours 35 minutes
Sharm El Sheikh 28C 10 5 Hours 21 minutes
Lanzarote 26.8C 7 4 Hours 21 minutes
Cyprus 26.7C 8 4 Hours 35 minutes
Gran Canaria 26.4C 7 4 Hours 35 minutes
Kos 26C 8 3 Hours 58 minutes
Rio de Janeiro 26C 7 11 Hours 30 minutes
Algarve 23.2C 7 2 Hours 53 minutes
Rome 22.4C 8 2 Hours 30 minutes

Gran Canaria in October

October is a great time for you to visit Gran Canaria due to the warm, sunny weather and fewer crowds. The average high temperature during October is 26ºC, falling to a comfortable 18ºC at night. You should be fine in a t-shirt in the evenings, although you might want a warmer top. At 23ºC, the sea’s at its highest annual temperature.

There’s hardly any rain, with an average of just 16mm over two rainy days. During October you can expect seven hours of sunshine each day. The UV index will be high so pack plenty of sun cream and be careful in the midday heat. Sunset’s around 7.45pm at the start of the month, an ideal time for you to enjoy a table with a view at dinner.

Lanzarote in October

With a location off the western shores of North Africa, Lanzarote’s the furthest east of the Canary Islands. This means warm weather and hardly any rain in October, and you’ll love holidays to Lanzarote at this time if you prefer less crowds. The average high temperature in Lanzarote during October is 27ºC, perfect for the beach. Night temperatures only fall to around 18ºC, so you don’t need too much space in your suitcase for warm clothes.

The average sea temperature’s 22ºC. During October you can expect seven hours of sunshine each day. Bring plenty of sun cream as UV levels will be high and the midday sun is still very hot.

Egypt in October

In October the temperatures in Egypt peak on average at 28ºC. The daily weather is reliably dry and sunny with rainfall being very rare during October. Sharm El Sheikh is even warmer, with high temperatures of 31ºC in October. Evenings remain warm at around 20ºC, meaning you won’t need to bring a jumper for your post dinner stroll.

Sea temperatures are close to their warmest at 27ºC  making October a great time to explore the area’s amazing seas.

Marrakech in October

October is among the best months to visit this famous Moroccan city. Temperatures are more comfortable, but still warm, with an average of 28ºC. At night it rarely drops below 20ºC so you can pack light as you explore and immerse yourself in the local culture and food. With a monthly average of 1 day of rain in October, there’s little need to bring an umbrella.

Mexico in October

The warm Caribbean Sea and the north-east trade winds create a tropical coastal climate across the eastern coast of Mexico. The weather cools to a more comfortable average of 33 ºC in Cancun. October marks the decline of the wet season with average rainfall falling to 140 mm. a stark contrast from the summer months.

Ready to book your October holiday? Don’t forget your Travel Insurance.

Author notes Written by Letitia Smith, M.Sc. Content Manager at AllClear Edited by Lydia Crispin, MA Content Creator at AllClear