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DANK HOL GETAWAY.

Byline: Paul Hooper

FED-UP Britons fled rain-lashed Britain this Bank Holiday weekend in the hope of sunshine overseas.

More than 1.8 million travellers - who have endured the soggiest August for four years - headed for a holiday on Europe's beaches.

Mediterranean resorts topped the list, followed by the Balearic Islands, mainland Spain, Turkey, Egypt, Cyprus and the Greek islands.

The United States is also popular, in particular Orlando and New York.

At home, millions took to the roads early yesterday in an attempt to beat the queues - only to find themselves facing the worst of the holiday traffic on most routes to airports and ferry terminals.

Parts of Britain were hit by torrential rain and gale force winds, with experts predicting an unseasonable end to summer.Up to 4cm of rain fell overnight in areas of southern England - more than half the normal monthly total - plus 40mph winds.

But the sun did break through in Bournemouth, Dorset, as temperatures hit 20C.

Travel firms have failed to sell huge numbers of breaks this year, making for September holiday bargains, with up to 60 per cent off brochure prices.

Trips during the school holidays were more expensive after the collapse of travel firms such as Goldtrail, Sun 4U and Kiss Flights. But now youngsters are going back to school, prices have plummeted.

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Publication:The People (London, England)
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Date:Aug 29, 2010
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