Sun-seeking Britons may be delaying their summer break and shunning traditional holiday hotspots because of the fine weather in the UK and England’s World Cup bid.
Bookings to the usual Spanish summer destinations are down, according to travel trade experts, with a combination of the World Cup and the heatwave to blame.
The UK heatwave, which is forecast to last for some time and England’s continued World Cup success, is making soaking up the sun at home a more attractive prospect than the usual holiday headaches of airport queues, possible flight delays and travel stress.
One of the regions worst-hit by the slump is the Balearics, where resorts in Ibiza, Majorca and Menorce would normally be full by now with accommodation hard to find.
But it has been reported that some hotels in Majorca are offering special offers for July and August with prices slashed by 40 per cent in a last-ditch bid to fill empty rooms.
Holiday firms are advertising cut-price deals to drag Brits back to the Mediterranean with one tour operator quoting £450 for a week in Majorca, including flights, departing later this month.
The price is exceptionally low for the time of year when vacancies are normally rare and prices nearing their peak in advance of the school holidays.
And there is no sign of any immediate change with more sunshine predicted for the UK and England facing Sweden in a World Cup quarter-final on Saturday afternoon.
A spokesperson for The Weather Channel said: “A return to prolonged spells of sunshine is expected over the weekend as the showers become more confined to Scotland and Northern Ireland. Maximum temperatures will range from 16 to 28C in the north and 19 to 30C across the south.”
Meanwhile, heatwave conditions are also forecast for Spain with temperatures possibly topping a red-hot 40C.
A warm front from Africa is predicted to scorch areas in the south-west on Monday.
Capital Madrid and Sevilla will stay around 38-39C with the Valencia and Barcelona areas feeling ‘fresher’ with highs of 33C for Monday. But these will climb as the week goes on.
Areas of Andalucia could stay above 40C, with meteorologists from the national weather service AEMET indicating the heat in inland regions could be even more intense.
Health officials in Majorca and Valencia have issued advice ahead of the expected rise in temperatures, with children and the elderly advised to stay in the shade as much as possible and to drink plenty of water.
Source: Read Full Article