Almost two million Brits are jetting off on holiday for the bank holiday weekend, according to travel experts.
Weather forecasters have predicted heavy rain and thunder across Wales, the South West of England and Northern Ireland for the best part of the weekend. With a wet weekend in sight, millions are planning to head overseas for the bank holiday.
Abta, the travel industry regulator, predicts that around 1.8 million Brits will pack their bags and head for sunnier shores during this August Bank Holiday weekend.
Spain and Greece are the holiday destinations of choice for those looking for a quick weekend break. A number of holidaymakers are also heading to Europe in order to take advantage of the strong pound.
Europe is significantly cheaper for British travellers now than it was several years ago, as the pound has reached a four-year high against the euro. This gives holidaymakers more spending power and better value travel money.
Prices in bars and restaurants have also eased significantly, making holidays in Europe more attractive for Brits.
Around six million passengers are expected to travel by rail over the three day weekend and 94% of services are scheduled to run as planned, with engineering work on some lines.
On the roads, the Highways Agency claims that 194 miles of road works will be completed before the weekend. Some 59 miles of road works will be suspended over the Bank Holiday period. Certain key routes, including sections of the M1 near Luton, will still have ongoing road works.
Temperatures across the country will be relatively mild, remaining steady in the high teens. However, it is a stark comparison to the 30C heat felt last weekend.
The Met Office claim that Saturday will be particularly windy and that the weather is likely to improve over the latter part of the weekend.
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