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.
For wildlife: Zambia
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.
Average temperature in Zambia in September: 84 - 95°F depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Zambia in September: 9.5 hours
For the beach: Greece
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.
Average temperature in Greece in September: 77 - 82°F depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Greece in September: 11 hours
For the great outdoors: Bolivia
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 little chance of rain.
Average temperature in Bolivia in September: 59 - 86°F depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Bolivia in September: 8 hours
For culture: Japan
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.
Average temperature in Japan in September: 75 - 86°F depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Japan in September: 12 hours
For an epic journey: the US
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 US 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.
Average temperature in the US in September: 70 - 93°F depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in the US in September: 9 hours
If you like it really hot: Oman
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.
Average temperature in Oman: 84 - 99°F depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Oman in September: 12 hours