September is a time of change around the globe. For the Northern Hemisphere, summer officially ends in late September, but you can still find sunny, dry weather across much of North America, the Middle East, and Mediterranean, as well as Japan. Looking south, spring is starting to warm up in Africa and South America.
September at a glance
|Destination||Max. temp.||Sunshine hours||Average flight time|
|Zambia||Max. temp.||35 °C||Sunshine hours||9 hours||Average flight time||13 hours (Lusaka via Johannesburg)|
|Greece||Max. temp.||29 °C||Sunshine hours||13 hours||Average flight time||3 hours 30 upwards dependent on airline (London to Athens)|
|Bolivia||Max. temp.||15 °C||Sunshine hours||8 hours||Average flight time||16 hours (via Madrid or the USA)|
|Japan||Max. temp.||25 °C||Sunshine hours||5 hours||Average flight time||11½ hours (Tokyo)|
|USA||Max. temp.||28 °C||Sunshine hours||8 hours||Average flight time||Between 7 (New York) & 20 hours (Honolulu)|
|Oman||Max. temp.||40 °C||Sunshine hours||11 hours||Average flight time||8¼ hours (Muscat)|
This is one of the best months for a Zambia safari. Water sources are starting dry up, so animals congregate around rivers and waterholes, making them easier to spot. A sunset river cruise along the Zambezi offers a relaxing way to spot hippo, elephant, crocodile, and myriad birds.
Type of heat in Zambia in September: Rain is very unlikely and you’ll mostly enjoy dry, sunny days with clear blue skies, maximum temperatures can reach 35°C (95°F).
Average temperature in Zambia in September: 32°C (90°F) depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Zambia in September: 9 hours
Average flight time to Zambia: 13 hours (London to Lusaka via Johannesburg)
With its clear skies, balmy blue waters, and hot days, Greece is an ideal destination in September. Summer crowds thin considerably, giving you a better chance to enjoy the beaches and ancient sights. For even more seclusion, explore Santorini’s hidden coves and rocky shores by private boat.
Type of heat in Greece in September: Rain is vanishingly rare this month — mostly you’ll enjoy abundant sunshine and a dry Mediterranean climate, ideal for hiking, swimming, sunbathing, or dining outside. Maximum temperatures in Greece during September are 28°C (82°F).
Average temperature in Greece in September: 26°C (79°F) depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Greece in September: 10 hours
Average flight time to Greece: 3½ hours upwards dependent on airline (London to Athens)
On average, Bolivia only gets rain for about five days during the whole month of September, making it an excellent time for hiking and other outdoor adventures. You might go hiking around Sun Island for views of Lake Titicaca, or visit the lakes of the high Altiplano, which throng with bright-pink flamingos this month.
Type of heat in Bolivia in September: Warm and dry with maximum temperatures of 30°C (86°F), and little chance of rain.
Average temperature in Bolivia in September: 23°C (73°F) depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Bolivia in September: 8 hours
Average flight time to Bolivia: 16 hours (London to La Paz via Madrid or the USA)
Japan in September brings summery heat and blue skies, without the domestic crowds of August. From the neon-lit bustle of Tokyo to an intimate tea ceremony in Kyoto, this is a great time to explore the country’s complex culture. Towards the end of the month, the foliage starts to turn in Hokkaido.
Type of heat in Japan in September: Rain is unlikely, but the weather will be hot and sometimes humid, maximum temperatures can reach 30°C (86°F).
Average temperature in Japan in September: 27°C (81°F) depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Japan in September: 7 hours
Average flight time to Japan: 11½ hours (London to Tokyo)
Across the country, you can expect warm, summer-like weather without the thick crowds of August. Rains are more likely along the East and Gulf Coasts, but in the West, the weather is usually hot, dry, and sunny.
Type of heat in the USA in September: In the South and along the East Coast, you can expect sticky, humid heat with slightly cooler nights. In the West, the air is drier, especially in the desert regions with maximum temperatures reaching 35°C (95°F) in some areas.
Average temperature in the USA in September: 28°C (82°F) depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in the USA in September: 11 hours
Average flight time to the USA: 11 hours 10 upwards (London to LA)
Across most of Oman, you can enjoy hot, dry temperatures and no rain through the month of September, though Salah is wet, lush, and humid with the khareef (monsoon). This is peak breeding season for sea turtles at Ras al Jinz, which you can try to watch during an evening trip to the beach.
Type of heat in Oman in September: The hot temperatures are somewhat mitigated by the fact that the air is very dry across most of the country. The exception is the south coast, where the monsoon season brings sticky, humid fog and lots of rain. Maximum temperatures can reach a sweltering 37°C (99°F).
Average temperature in Oman: 33°C (91°F) depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Oman in September: 10 hours
Average flight time to Oman: 8¼ hours (London to Muscat)