Climate vs Weather

The expected vs the now.

Awesome isn't it? That giant bank of cloud you're seeing above engulfing the Golden Gate Bridge is weather, writ large. It's what happens to us every day. We can forecast it accurately several days in advance, and even give you a rough sense of what weather patterns we might expect in the next few weeks.

It's by using climate data, collated over decades, that we can tell you what weather is usual for a specific destination at a specific time of year. We can't tell you exactly what the weather will do in your back yard next April 5th, but we can tell you what the usual temperature is, and how wet or dry it might be expected to be.

Using our experience, expertise and the secret sauce of our crafted blend of climate and travel data, we created our Vacay Weather app to allow you to plan your holidays based on normal weather patterns. We'll tell you how to avoid the wet seasons in tropical destinations, how not to get hit by a hurricane and when you'll dodge the searing heat that would stop you indulging in the delights of a city break.

Just set your preferences on the app, refine your selection by picking a favoured location, geographical area or date range and we'll do the rest. Or let us surprise you with a time and destination you've possibly never thought of before.

And if you still have questions - we're here for you. Drop us a line using the contact us form!

Have a great Vacay,

Sara and John

How Vacay Weather Works

At Vacay Weather we uniquely blend our meteorological expertise with precise climate records to provide you with tailored weather information for thousands of worldwide destinations.

 

Weather:

 

High-resolution temperature, rainfall, snowfall and sunshine statistics are derived, courtesy of long-term datasets from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.

 

'Day temperature' and 'Night temperature' are calculated from the long-term averages of maximum and minimum daily temperature at each destination.

 

'Sunshine score' compares daily sunshine records with available hours of daylight at each destination. As an example, for a given time of year, a sunshine score of 73% indicates that, on average, the sun is shining for 73% of daylight hours.

 

'Rain risk' and 'Snow risk' are calculated from the typical number of days, per month, when some rainfall or snowfall are recorded. So, for example, for a 10-day stay at a particular destination, a rain risk of 30% indicates that some rain would be likely on 3 of those 10 days.

Sea temperature:

 

High resolution global 'Sea temperature' data from the Met Office are provided for each coastal destination, courtesy of the EU Copernicus Programme.

 

Flight time:

 

'Flight time' is based on distance of your location from your chosen destination - applying typical flying speeds.