Americas holiday weather

Browse our Americas holiday weather map to discover climate and tourist information for popular holiday destinations across the Americas.

Americas map Caribbean Brazil Mexico United States

Use the map above or the links at the bottom of the page to discover holiday weather across the Americas' top destinations, including annual average weather forecasts and tourist information.

Americas climate

The Americas stretch almost from pole to pole and accordingly experience a wide range of climates from the sub-arctic tundras in the north to the tropical climates of the Caribbean islands.

North America climate

North America's climate is widely varied geographically stretching the equivalent of North Africa to the far north of Scandinavia.

The furthest northern parts of Canada experience an arctic climate with temperatures near or below freeing throughout the whole year.

More southern Canada largely experiences a sub-arctic climate with very cold winters punctuated by some surprisingly high temperatures throughout the summer months.

Into America, most of the central and eastern areas experience a cold continental climate with a warm summer and cold winter. This example for New York shows these warm summers with temperatures reaching 30 °C average in summer and a much colder 4 °C over winter.

New York: average daily maximum temperature (°C)
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
4.05.29.516.021.426.729.929.024.918.512.46.717.0
New York: average monthly rainfall (mm)
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
8177919997939787847393871059

The south-eastern states surrounding and including Florida see a warm temperate climate which sees rain throughout the year but most pronounced during the summer months.

Florida for example sees warm summers peaking at around 33 °C and mild winters with average temperatures no cooler than 22 °C.  The summer downpours are evident peaking at 186 mm monthly rainfall in June.

Orlando, Florida: average daily maximum temperature (°C)
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
21.923.125.828.331.332.633.233.033.031.929.125.525.5
Orlando, Florida: average monthly rainfall (mm)
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
58778146901861841721536158551221

Many of the southern states and the central-west experience dry climates with semi-desert or desert conditions meaning very little rain throughout the year and warm weather throughout the year, though some very cool temperatures can be experienced overnight.  

Central America climate

The climate of Central America is almost exclusively dominated by tropical climates with a distinct east/west split.

The western side facing the Pacific sees a hot tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons, while the eastern side faces the Pacific and generally experiences an equatorial climate with hot and wet conditions throughout the year

Cancun, Mexico: average daily maximum temperature (°C)
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
30.532.234.236.737.536.035.335.334.732.931.330.433.9

The Caribbean islands tend to see their seasons separated into the wet season and the dry season.  The wettest months are May to October with particularly high totals often experienced during August and September when hurricane season peaks and storms can bring 250-500 mm rain in just two or three days.

The winter months are the most dry and sunny with a slight breeze making the high temperatures most comfortable.

South America climate

South America's climate is widely tropical across the northern half of the continent and much of Brazil, though no without significant exceptions, such as the Atacama desert which is the driest area of the continent.

Elsewhere the Andes mountain range which stretches almost the entire length of the continent causes a high mountain climate which in itself sees dramatic variation.

Paraguay, Uruguay and much of Argentina sees a mostly warm temperate climate, while Chile to the west of the continent is perhaps the country with the most fascinatingly varied climate. It stretches 2,500 miles ranging from dry deserts to the north, warm temperate climate in the centre and a cold temperate climate in the south, while the Andes run straight through the east of the country with a high mountain climate.

Americas tourist information

The Americas consist of North America, Central America and South America and are home to more than 950 million people.

South America is home to one of the most iconic wonders of the world, Machu Picchu. The Inca city is known as the best archaeological site on the continent. A strenuous hike to the ruins grant you breathe taking scenic views.

Venezuela is known for Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world. The surrounding area is completely road free. Tourists visiting should take advantage of canoe tours, then stay in hammocks in the surrounding camps.

The United States of America is the second largest trading nation in the world and the largest national economy. The U.S is a world leader when it comes to scientific research and the development of technology.

You will find a number of festivals running every month of the year all over the Americas. If you are in San Francisco in July then be sure to head to the San Francisco Waterfront Festival which is an Independence Day party with fireworks, entertainment and food. There's also the popular music festival Coachella, which is held at the end of every April in Indio, California. It's popular with celebrities and showcases both established and up and coming music artists, as well as featuring art installations.

Sport is an important part of the culture in the United States. The four major leagues to keep an eye on are the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball and the National Football League. The annual Superbowl championship is a major social tradition in North America, gradually becoming more popular internationally.

If you are visiting the States with family then a trip to Disney World in Florida is a must, as is Universal Orlando. If you are in New York and have an interest in art then be sure to head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art which is the largest museum of art in the United States. After you have been to the museum visit the New York harbour where will see the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island. For a history tour, Ellis Island is also worth a trip, due to the millions of immigrants that used this as a gateway into the city.

Last updated: 19 May 2016

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