Holidaymakers warned against these destinations


Hotel booking platform, hoo, has taken a look at storm seasons around the world, highlighting when they are at their worst in popular holiday destinations and would be best avoided by UK holidaymakers.

Storm Franklin, the third named storm in a week, has battered parts of the UK with torrential rain and strong winds. However, while we’re fairly familiar with our own weather patterns and when we’re most likely to be hit by adverse weather, storm seasons differ depending on where you are in the world and this is a consideration for those of us looking to jet off on holiday.

For example, those planning a holiday to Western Mexico would be advised to avoid what we would consider the start of the summer season, with tropical storms in the Northeast Pacific beginning in late may or early June and running right through to November. Although late August to early September is when they are at their worst.

Across destinations such as Floridea and the Caribbean, tropical storms are also most frequent from June to November but usually peak mid-September.

The Northwest Pacific region is a popular destination with holidaymakers, but you’re most susceptible to storm activity when visiting countries such as Hong Kong, the Philippines and Vietnam between July and November and particularly towards the end of August and start of November.

In the North Indian Ocean storms are frequent from April right through until December, although the most severe events often peak in both May and November, meaning it’s best to avoid a trip to popular destinations such as India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh during these months.

In contrast, storm seasons across the Southwest Indian Ocean, the Southeast Indian Ocean, the Australian Basin and the Southwest Pacific largely run from November through until May.

Locations such as Mauritius and Bali are best avoided during a double peak in stormy weather during January and February, while Northern Australia, Fiji and Vanuatu tend to see their worst peaks during late February and early March.

hoo Co-founder, Adrian Murdock, commented:

“Over the last week, we’ve unfortunately witnessed the sheer chaos and destruction Mother Nature can cause first hand and the only positive we can take is that these types of weather events are fairly few and far between in the UK.

Elsewhere around the world, they can be much more frequent and ferocious, but the danger they present differs depending on where you visit and when.

Long-haul holidays to idyllic destinations can be costly and so many holidaymakers may be tempted by the greater affordability on offer during these unsettled seasons. But it’s certainly not worth the gamble as the cost can be much higher than a few days sulking about a lack of sunshine.”