What's your ideal travel temperature - and where can you find it in September?

Chris Leadbeater
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The weather of the last few weeks has been completely devoid of nuance - hot, hot, hot and hot, in that order. You may have forgotten that there are temperatures outside the sweaty bracket of "low Thirties Celsius, and the office air-conditioning is broken".

But which temperatures, exactly? And more to the point, in which do you feel most comfortable - to the extent that you might hop onto a plane to find them?

Below, we highlight four heat categories - and, for each, a pair of destinations and holidays where you can enjoy them in September.

Why September? Because it's a month of variable climactic conditions in the Northern Hemisphere, both clinging to summer and beginning to gaze towards autumn. And because, frankly, children are back at school across Europe, meaning quieter beaches and no-one throwing their chips across a restaurant because they've appeared with the wrong kind of ketchup.

There's also a poll for your perusal. Do you, dear reader, prefer to be cool and airy, warm and toasty, hot and happy, or scorching under an unforgiving sky? Feel free to vote...

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15°C-19°C

Sweden

Scandinavia rarely pushes the thermometer to silly numbers outside high summer, and by September, even the south-west of Sweden will be safely back below the 20°C mark. This might make for a road trip along the tree-shaded west coast of the country, with second city Gothenburg as a starting point and the pretty outcrops of Kosterhavet National Park (nationalparksofsweden.se) as an end-game. The latter is a protected marine space around the off-shore Koster Islands, perfect for slow strolls and long seafood lunches.

September temperature: 16°C

How to do it: Discover The World (01737 886 246; discover-the-world.com) dispenses a seven-night "Discover West Sweden" road trip which follows this very route - from £1,027 per person, including flights to Gothenburg, car hire and breakfast.

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St Petersburg

As the recent World Cup has demonstrated, Russia basks in more summer sunshine than some appreciate. But September finds it creeping back towards the colder end of the calendar. Good news if you fancy a long weekend in its most picturesque city. By the ninth month of the year, St Petersburg is distinctly less busy than in June and July, when crowds throng the Neva banks in the pale glow of the "White Nights". This means you have a chance of actually seeing some paintings - by the likes of Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Picasso - rather than someone's back, at the Hermitage (hermitagemuseum.org). 

September temperature: 15°C

How to do it: Cox & Kings (020 3918 3483; coxandkings.co.uk) sells three-night mini-breaks at the five-star Belmond Grand Hotel Europe - from £1,095 per person during September, including breakfast, private transfers and international flights.

20°C-24°C

Dubrovnik

Croatia's most famous city is one great blur of people in the full throes of summer, and any attempt to amble the mile-and-a-half circuit of its celebrated medieval walls can be a fraught process on a hot day. This is less of an issue in September, when there are (relatively) fewer visitors and the temperature is likely to be hovering somewhere in the mid-Twenties. A happy medium, in other words, when you could just as easily retreat to a beachside hotel along the coast, and put down roots for seven days.

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September temperature: 24°C

How to do it: A seven-night getaway to the four-star One Suite Hotel - six miles south-east of the city in Srebreno - flying from Birmingham on September 15, costs from £1,063 per person through Jet2 Holidays (0800 408 0778; jet2holidays.com).

Corsica

France's biggest Mediterranean island is something of a travel secret. It is scarcely oversubscribed in the maw of summer, and will already be fading into some sort of tranquility as September hits its stride. Its south-east flank is an alluring proposition, with the harbour town of Porto-Vecchio supplying a shot of glamour in the restaurants along its marina, and the walled citadel of Bonifacio dealing in hilltop views all the way to Sardinia.

Bonifacio Credit: ©Tomasz Czajkowski - stock.adobe.com

September temperature: 24°C

How to do it: The four-bedroom villa A Stella di Foce is located near Sari-Solenzara, 30 miles north of Porto-Vecchio. It has a pool, and is available in the week beginning September 16 for £1,998 via Simpson Travel (020 3627 8697; simpsontravel.com).

25°C-29°C

Kefalonia

Greece and balmy conditions are on loquacious speaking terms for most of the year - and will be deep in conversation next month. Though more northerly than most of its island compatriots, Kefalonia is an excellent choice for a week away in the closing moments of summer. It offers a couple of the country's best beaches (Antisamos and Myrtos), revels in seafood restaurants and the gentle fluttering of yacht sails in north-coast Fiskardo, and stares into the Ionian sunset from the villas of Assos on its west flank.

Myrtos Beach

September temperature: 27°C

How to do it: A seven-night getaway to the 64-room Emelisse Art Hotel, just outside Fiskardo, flying from Gatwick on September 17, costs from £1,429 per person, including transfers and breakfast, through Sovereign (01293 831 458; sovereign.com).

Sicily

With Kefalonia and Sicily being pinned to roughly the same latitude - although the Italian island is much bigger than its Greek counterpart, its north coast matches the Greek jewel's 38°N groove on the map - it should be no surprise that there is also a similarity in September temperature. Palermo, the Sicilian capital, is often overlooked as a candidate for an Italian city break, but proves a delight in both the honeyed walls of its 18th century cathedral and the bars of the lively Castellammare district.

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September temperature: 26°C

How to do it: A three-night stay at the four-star Grand Hotel et des Palmes - an Art Deco oasis just in from the harbourfront - costs from £598 per person, including flights, transfers and breakfast, through Kirker Holidays (020 7593 1899; kirkerholidays.com).

30°C+

Dubai

If you want to jump past the sense of all things in proportion that is the upper Twenties Celsius, you also need to leap beyond the boundaries of Europe as September launches the slide down the temperature gauge. Where? Well, if Dubai has an off-button for its default weather position, it does not know how to use it. In fact, the glitziest of the Emirates will still be flirting with the flaming concept of 40°C as the ninth month kicks in - rather than peering down towards 30°C. Too hot to do anything but lie on a lounger? Yes. Exactly.

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September temperature: 39°C

How to do it: A seven-night holiday at the five-star Fairmont The Palm resort, flying from Manchester on September 22, on a half-board rate, costs from £1,089 per person through Destinology (01204 824 754; destinology.co.uk).

Tobago

If you are happy to abandon the easy option of the Middle East and go straight to the Caribbean for a blast of raw heat, you need to think a little laterally. September is a time of discounted prices in these island havens, but that is because hurricane season is in swing, and the weather could become a little unfriendly.Though not in Tobago, which sits so far to the south-west, almost in the shadow of South America, that it is almost never troubled by the Atlantic's gusty moods. It also dispenses a splendid array of beaches in its own south-west, around Pigeon Point - with deluxe hotels to match.

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September temperature: 30°C

How to do it: September is the cheapest month to stay at the five-star Coco Reef resort with Tropical Sky (01342 889 105; tropicalsky.co.uk). A seven-night all-inclusive holiday costs from £1,559 per person, including flights from Gatwick.