If you do not live in the UK, you only have to look at the weather report to see that it is very wet indeed!
Half the country is already flooded, and as the Met Office has issued a “severe weather warning” for the next few days, it looks as though the other half will soon to be water-logged as Great Britain declares the wettest April – June on record.
While us ‘hardy’ Brits are used to rain, it seems paddling to the local supermarket is not as much fun as paddling in the sea, and as a result, the demand for last-minute summer holidays has sky rocketed by up to 20%.
ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) spokesperson Victoria Bacon said, “The UK is a beautiful country with exceptional holiday appeal but the weather this year has been setting records for all the wrong reasons and it’s no surprise that millions are looking to head off overseas for more reliable weather and high temperatures”.
The Mediterranean is proving popular, and there are many late offers to The Balearics, Northern Africa, and cash-strapped Greece, so if you have booked a family camping trip to the Lake District, it may be time to re-think your holiday options!
If the Mediterranean is not your thing, long-haul destinations such as Thailand, Bali, Costa Rica, and Cabo San Lucas are enjoying hot and steamy temperatures right now, and while you may still see some rain, it is a whole lot warmer than that falling in the UK.
With just weeks to go until the London 2012 Olympics get underway, one can only hope the weather will improve in time, and if you are one of the 4-million foreign visitors expected to visit the UK this summer, you might want to leave your shorts and sunscreen at home, in favour of wellies and a rain hat!