Up to 11 million British families have planned for a last-minute getaway this bank holiday weekend.
Millions of British families are to make a last-minute getaway this weekend, with 58% of respondents revealing plans to holiday in the UK for the bank holiday. The warmer UK weather has led to a big increase in domestic vacations in 2018 compared to 2017, with half choosing to holiday in the UK, rather than travel abroad. Three-quarters of families are planning a belated UK holiday in the next three months.
The August bank holiday represents the perfect opportunity for Brits to get away before the end of the summer, and based on data from the families and households 2017 Office for National Statistics (ONS), it’s prompted 11 million families to consider a last-minute getaway in the UK this weekend, according to new research from the Met Office.
The infographic below unveils the warmest and sunniest holiday locations in the UK this summer, based on data from the nearest weather sites to popular holiday destinations. Morecombe in Lancashire is third highest, making it the warmest holiday location in the North!
The warm and sunny weather so far this summer has led to an increase in the number of people taking UK holidays, compared to 2017, with almost a third (30%) taking up to two last-minute breaks in the UK already in 2018. However, with three-quarters of families planning a belated staycation in the next three months, the numbers are anticipated to grow even more, which is positive news for the tourism industry across the UK.
Helen Chivers, Head of News and Social Media at the Met Office, comments:
“One of the main reasons respondents said they holidayed abroad was for the sunny weather. However, this year the summer (June, July and August) is shaping up as one of the warmest on record for the UK, which seems to be why more people are taking last minute trips and choosing staycations over vacations.
“This summer’s heatwave conditions have been down to a number of factors, one of the main ones being the position and strength of the jet stream. This allowed high pressure to dominate the UK weather leading to very warm, dry and sunny conditions; perfect for a holiday at home.”