Travellers' guide

Travellers' guide: St Petersburg

Dr Liz's travel weather column appears in the travel section of the Saturday Independent

St Petersburg

St Petersburg is situated along the shores of the Neva Bay in the Gulf of Finland and experiences a continental climate that is moderated somewhat by the Baltic Sea. The city is positioned at latitude 60°N and experiences a huge variation in daylight hours during the year, ranging from six to 19 hours a day. Twilight may last all night in early summer, from mid-May to mid-July, and this celebrated event is known as the white nights.

Travellers' guide: Hawaii

Dr Liz's travel weather column appears in the travel section of the Saturday Independent

Hawaii

Hawaii's mild climate, beautiful scenery, warm ocean and gentle breezes make it the perfect holiday destination to visit any time of the year, but the variations in the weather across the islands can actually be quite surprising. In fact Hawaii boasts 11 of the 13 climate zones in the world, each with unique ecosystems and weather characteristics. On the nightly local news, you'll find surf reports for each side of the islands, along with wind and rainfall forecasts.

Travellers' guide: the Caribbean

Dr Liz's travel weather column appears in the travel section of the Independent every second Saturday

The Caribbean

The Caribbean only really has two seasons – one wet, one dry. Between December and June the islands are pleasantly warm, dry and sunny. The remainder of the year can be hot and wet, as occasionally the islands are affected by passing hurricanes. Even more occasionally, the hurricane's path will directly cross one of the islands, which occurred most recently with Hurricane Ike in September 2008.