12 Sep

ABTA says it’s not too late to grab a bargain and head for the sun

The Mediterranean basking in high temperatures and sunny weather

ABTA, The Travel Association is reminding consumers that although it looks like the great sunny weather we have seen in the UK this year is drawing to a close; it’s still summer in our favourite foreign holiday hotspots around the Mediterranean. In addition prices come down in September as the traditional summer holiday period around Europe is over and holidaymakers won’t now have to fight for their space on the beach or get up early to book their sun lounger. 

This week temperatures around the Mediterranean are set to range from the mid-20s to the late 30s with virtually guaranteed sun. Next week most high average temperatures are set to go even higher. With temperatures in the UK cooling and the sun largely elusive, consumers looking to continue that feel good factor brought on by one of the best summers in years should look overseas.

Temperatures and weather in resorts and cities around the Mediterranean¹

  12 September 2013 19 September 2013
Nice, France 24C Sunny 25C Sunny
Madrid, Spain  27C Sunny 31C Sunny
Tunis, Tunisia  27C Cloudy  35C Sunny/Cloudy
Palermo, Italy  27C Sunny/Showers 30C Sunny
Athens, Greece  33C Sunny 31C Sunny/Showers
Sharm El Sheik. Egypt  38C Sunny  43C Sunny
Larnaca, Cyprus 33C Sunny  32C Sunny/Cloudy
Ibiza, Spain 24C Sunny/Cloudy 26C Sunny/Cloudy
Marmaris, Turkey 40C Sunny 35C Sunny

ABTA, Head of Communications, Victoria Bacon said: “Summer 2013 will be remembered as one the hottest for years, but it isn’t over yet for those of us who are lucky enough to head off overseas. In the next week temperatures are set to soar around the Mediterranean with virtually guaranteed sunshine. September is also a great time to head to some of our favourite resorts and prices tend to be lower and it’s less crowded. This good weather generally lasts well into October and in some destinations right through the winter too.”

Temperatures and weather around the UK¹

  12 September 2013 19 September2013
London 16C Cloudy 20C Cloudy
Edinburgh 15C Rainy 18C Cloudy
Cardiff 17C Sun/Rainy 18C Cloudy
Belfast 15C Sun/Cloudy 18C Cloudy
Manchester 14C Rainy 18C Cloudy
Bristol 17C Cloudy 19C Sun/Cloudy
Leeds 14C Rainy 18C Cloudy

Sample September and October holidays – all seven nights

Menorca staying at 3 star self-catering apartments from £149 per person, based on 6 adults sharing departing Gatwick – 27th September 2013

Cyprus staying at 3 star all inclusive hotel from £445 per person, based on 3 adults sharing departing Cardiff airport – 13th October 2013

Turkey staying at an all-inclusive 5 star resort from £770 per person, departing from Birmingham airport - 27th September 2013

Italy staying at 4 star hotel on half-board basis, from £580 per person, departing from Bristol airport - 30 September 2013.

Majorca staying at a 4 star all-inclusive apartment from £499 per person departing from Stansted airport - 24th September 2013.

¹Source BBC Weather