By Cassie Shortsleeve. Photos: Getty, Courtesy Decision Data.
There’s a lot to be said for lingering shoulder seasons and quieter off seasons that present the perfect opportunity to explore a destination without, well, everyone else. But sometimes, we want to hit a place at its prime. Hence, the ever-popular Google search, ’What’s the best time to visit [insert-destination-here]?’ Problem is, that search often yields underwhelming results: wide temperature ranges that don’t quite dictate future plans.
To build the map, Whitaker curated 10 years of weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and 10,000+ weather stations worldwide (35 million lines of data).
How it works: You simply plug in your dates by week (4/16/17, for example); your ideal mean temp, low temp, and high temp in Fahrenheit or Celsius; as well as a preferred amount of rain. Then, pink dots pop up showing you where in the world your desired conditions exist.
The map isn’t perfect, Whitaker notes that rainfall and snowfall, for example, isn’t always monitored on a consistent basis in some weather stations outside of North America and Europe. Due to lacking data, the map also doesn’t account for humidity (read: frizz).
But it’s pretty darn close. Plus, some of our best places to visit in April—including Morocco, where you can explore the bustling Bab Doukkala market; Tokyo, where thousands of cherry trees are in bloom; and the Amalfi Coast (picture: blooming flowers, no crowds, and balconies decorated with jasmine and orange)—currently fit the bill for solid temps no higher than 75 and no lower than 50.
Will travel for spring weather.
This story originally appeared on Conde Nast Traveler.
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