By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We want to be somewhere hot this winter. So we're considering a trip probably in January or February to either the Lee Ivory Coast in Florida or even the Dominican Republic. What's the temperature like in these places at that time?

A: This part of southwestern Florida's Gulf coast averages 75F during our traditional cold snap while the climate in the Dominican Republic has best been described by the locals as summer all year. So, you'll be in for a hot spell whenever you go. The Dominican Republic is pegged as "humid tropical savannah" with five microclimates known as humid, dry steppe, tropical jungle, forest and savannah. Typically, in January and February the monthly average high temperatures hover at 30 degrees Celsius. So, crack open the SPF lotion and head for the beaches.


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