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12 August 2017

Last-minute holiday bookings double as fed-up Brits ditch staycations to flee wet weather

FED-UP Brits are fleeing the wet weather to grab last-minute holidays in the sun.

Travel firms say bookings are at more than double this time last year.

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Fed-up Brits are fleeing the wet weather with last-minute holidays
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Families are ditching stay­cations and paying extra to visit hotspots in Turkey, Greece, Spain and the Balearics.

Thomas Cook’s Tony Hopkins, said: “The not-so great British summer has prompted a last-minute dash from Brits to get on a plane.

“At this rate our package holidays for next week are likely be full by Sunday evening.

“We are seeing similar levels of bookings for the next few weeks.”

The firm said Majorca was proving extremely popular. Package giant TUI revealed that bookings were up 150 per cent year on year.

A spokesman said: “It’s no surprise given ­temperatures in the Spanish islands will be 28-33C (82-90F) for the next few weeks.”

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Package holiday bookings to hotspots in Turkey, Greece, Spain and the Balearics are at more than double this time last year
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The rain looks set continue into September


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Britain saw its wettest July for five years last month, and the rain doesn’t show much sign of letting up
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Self-catering firm Novasol has reported a 26 per cent year on year rise in bookings.

And flight specialist Skyscanner has seen a 22 per cent rise in searches on its website.

The Met Office says the UK saw 38mm of rain in the first ten days of August — 43 per cent of the entire monthly rainfall. It follows 85mm in July, its wettest for five years.

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Families are ditching staycations in favour of the heatwave being enjoyed across much of Europe
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Heavy rain causes flooding in Wimbledon as Met Office issue Yellow Warning for in London
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