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How to Forecast the Travel Weather for Your Vacation

Knowing what the weather will be like at your destination will allow you to make better plans. Make your trip the best it can be by following these vacation weather forecasting tips.


  • Step 1: Check the forecast Get the most accurate forecast for your destination by checking a weather website for the current conditions shortly before you travel. Take advantage of options such as the five- or ten-day forecast available on most weather forecast websites for your desired locale.
  • TIP: Don't overlook "sunshine hours" data to get a true impression of how much rain to expect. While the forecast may show daily rain, it may come in short spurts with long hours of sunshine.
  • Step 2: Click on the radar Click on the radar or satellite imagery function commonly available on weather prediction websites to get a visual sense of the forecast for your vacation spot. Use this tool to view the projected path and distribution of storms.
  • Step 3: Track seasonal information Glean a more holistic picture of the potential weather at your destination by tracking down seasonal information on the destination's tourism website or in a farmer's almanac if it's a domestic destination. Use these sources to get a sense of historic averages for temperature and rainfall for your travel dates.
  • Step 4: Plan around monsoons Avoid torrential downpours ruining your beach vacation by knowing when seasonal monsoon or hurricane seasons are at your destination. Heavy rain seasons usually occur in the summer and early fall but check climate info on tourism websites to be sure.
  • Step 5: Customize your alerts Set up weather alerts on your preferred weather forecast website to keep abreast of sudden changes in the forecast for your vacation spot. Now you can pack accordingly and be ready to brave the elements.
  • FACT: On any given day, more than 87,000 flights are in the skies in the United States.

You Will Need

  • Vacation destination
  • Internet access
  • Farmer's almanac

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