It may be grey and dreary outside, but sunnier climes are just a flight away. In honour of our new regional TV weather sponsorship, we’re bringing you 5 of the hottest places to be right now…
We know the weather outside is still frightful, but here at Thomson Towers we’re always dreaming of sunshine, sand and a cocktail or two.
If you live in Scotland, Yorkshire or Tyne Tees, you’ll have noticed we’re now sponsoring the STV and ITV weather forecasts. And while we can’t improve the temperatures here in the UK, we are the experts when it comes to telling you where to head for clear skies and balmy temperatures.
If you can’t wait to ditch those winter woollies, here’s where in the world you should be right now…
If you want the mercury topping 30°C, then Mauritius is the island for you. Fringed by 330 kilometres of immaculate white beaches, head inland and you’ll find mountains and rainforests to explore. Alternatively, dive into the Indian Ocean and you’ll find the island is surrounded by one of world’s largest unbroken barrier reefs. Oh, and look out for pods of dolphins playing in the waves. This place really is paradise personified.
Okay, okay, so it’s the chilliest of our top five, but Morocco still has an average January temperature of a toasty 22°C. More than eight million tourists flock to the country each year in search of a beach break with a twist. You’ll find holidays scented with spices instead of suncream, and calls to prayer echoing alongside the rumble of rolling waves. Most people choose Agadir as their base, thanks to its six-mile coast that basks in 300 days of sunshine each year.
This place reads like a checklist of the perfect Caribbean getaway. Sandy beaches? Tick. Friendly locals? Tick. Rum cocktails? Double tick. And with average temperature this month hitting 30°C, the Dominican also has the obligatory blue skies and endless sunshine. Thanks to its size, the island is one of the most diverse in the Caribbean. Venture away from those beaches and you’ll find mangrove lagoons, mountain peaks and waterfalls.
Stretching from the USA in the north to Guatemala and Belize in the south, Mexico links North and South America. The country packs in everything from mega cities to ancient jungle and Mayan relics. Puerto Vallarta, on the Pacific coast, offers everything you need for some winter sun. Choose from sunbathing on sandy beaches or abseiling in the Sierra Madre Mountains. And the temperature? A balmy 23°C in January. Send us a postcard.
It’s known as the land of smiles thanks to the welcoming Thai people, but the average January temperature should bring a grin to your face, too. If 32°C isn’t hot enough for you, then, quite frankly, you need to wait for space shuttles to Venus. Thailand fuses religious shrines with some of the world’s most photogenic beaches, flanked by soaring rock formations. The only downside? You might get repetitive strain injury from all those #wishyouwerehere tweets.
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Author: Laura Crombie
Published: January 8, 2015
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