Millions seek sun abroad for holiday weekend

Last updated at 11:44 27 May 2005

Millions of Britons will escape dull weather at home by heading abroad this Bank Holiday weekend, according to travel agents.

With forecasters predicting blustery winds and showers for much of the UK, and many children on half-term next week, about 2.1 million people are expected to seek out sunnier climes.

Although temperatures could hit 30C (86F) in the London area today, weather forecasters expect the rest of the weekend to be much cooler.

England and Wales will have to make do with cloud, drizzle, blustery winds and a few sunny spells, with temperatures barely scraping into the 20s (68F).

Meanwhile the outlook for Scotland and Northern Ireland is wet throughout, and winds could even hit gale force in places.

The Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) said the favoured destinations for those hoping to escape the gloom were Spain and Italy, but flights to Turkey, Egypt and Florida had also been selling well.

More than 1.5 million Britons are booked on flights from UK airports, and another 600,000 will be streaming over and under the Channel to reach the Continent.

Abta president Martin Wellings said: "The summer season gets into full swing this weekend and we are looking forward to a bumper number of bookings."

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