‘Perfect’ Temperature For Hot Holidays Revealed As 27°c

Posted by Sue Anderson, 6th Jul 2017

Seeing as we can't always rely on the British summertime to present us with some lovely, warm weather to bask in, we tend to put a lot of pressure on our holidays abroad to deliver the sunshine we so often miss at home.

It turns out, though, that we're all a bit on the fussy side when it comes to the weather. We polled 1,533 people aged 18 and over from around the UK and asked them questions about their trips overseas. All respondents had been abroad within the last 12 months for a holiday.

Britons Look Forward to Food & Drink on Holiday More Than The Weather

When we asked everyone taking part 'How do you feel about hot/sunny holidays abroad?' (described as a warm, 25°c + beach break or similar), 69% of the people taking part said that they 'loved' them. When we later asked what they liked the most about these kind of trips, the top answers were as follows:

1. Eating/drinking whatever I want - 22%

2. The weather - 19%

3. The relaxation - 15%

4. Getting a sun tan - 11%

5. Escaping work - 8%

31°c Believed To Be 'Too Hot' on Holidays and 24°c 'Too Cold'

When everyone taking part was asked what they felt the 'perfect' temperature was during a sun holiday abroad, the average answer stated once all were taken into account was '27 degrees Celsius'. Positively balmy! When we then asked what they deemed to be 'too hot' and 'too cold' in terms of temperatures during their sun holiday abroad, the answers were revealed as 31°c and 24°c respectively.

All respondents were asked under what circumstances they thought they didn't need to apply sun protection cream when they were on a sun holiday abroad (giving multiple answers if they wished). 67% said that they wouldn't apply sun cream if it was 'cloudy' and 24% selected 'if the temperature was below 25°c. What's really concerning about this is that sun damage really has nothing to do with the temperature; if the sun is out, there's a risk of getting burned. People even get bad sunburn on ski trips abroad.

Average Holidaymaker Checks Weather of Their Chosen Destination 18 Times in Weeks Leading Up To Their Trip

When we asked how many times they checked the weather of their holiday destination online or on apps in the weeks leading up to their trip, the average answer given was '18 times'. Everyone taking part was asked how they felt when it rained on their holidays abroad, to which 45% went as far as to say it 'ruined' their trip.

Those seeking that 'perfect' temperature of 27 degrees Celsius should head to destinations such as Tenerife in the Canary Islands or Majorca in the Balearic Islands this summer to stand a good chance of getting those long and balmy beach days. It's interesting to see that just a few degrees warmer and people think it's too hot to handle.

There are plenty of ways to keep cool on holiday; being close to the pool or sea for a quick dip, for one thing, as well as avoiding the sun during the hottest hours of the day and drinking plenty of water. An ice lolly or two is always a good idea as well!
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