The October half-term is the last-chance saloon for finding sunshine without having to fly to the ends of the world.
The good news is that while the UK will be digging out its thermal socks, plenty of Europe — and just beyond — is doing a fine impression of summer.
Here’s our pick of the best still-warm holiday spots for the autumn school break . . .
Sand dunes and sunshine: Treat your children to a camel ride across the beach in Dubai
If only proper, all-day sunshine will do, then a week in Dubai will see your vitamin D levels soar. Alternate lounging on sun-drenched beaches with taking a dip in the warm Gulf waters. And when you tire of the heat, visit the air-conditioned malls.
Let’s go: The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort costs £1,236pp for a week’s stay, based on a family of four sharing a room with breakfast included. Flights from Edinburgh on October 20 (hayesandjarvis.co.uk, 01293 762 415).
A city of visual style: Cape Town is spectacular – and, better still, is a jetlag-free zone
While Britain thrusts open its brolly, October in Camps Bay, a glamorous coastal suburb of Cape Town, is a precipitation-free zone with plenty of sunshine on offer…