Brits set to enjoy hottest day of year but face half-term holiday hell

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    Holidaymakers were left facing half-term misery amid motorway chaos and hundreds of flight cancellations as Brits tried to get away on what is predicted to be the hottest day of the year.

    Drivers and rail users battled through queues, while air passengers were left stranded. But those staying at home are gearing up for the predicted hottest day of the year.

    Temperatures are set to reach a glorious 24C tomorrow (Saturday, May 27). The blue skies and balmy conditions are expected to last through the Bank Holiday and into the middle of next week.

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    Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: “We’re slowly getting there. For a bank holiday weekend it’s pretty rare to be that dry and sunny, so we’re not doing too bad.”

    The highest temperature of 2023 so far was recorded in Cardiff on Monday (May 29) at 23.4C. But 24C and above is expected in south-east Wales and around the Bristol channel.

    Tonight shops predicted a massive spike in barbecue sales as Brits get ready for a weekend in the sunshine. One supermarket alone expects to sell more than 2.2million burgers and 8.4m sausages.

    Meanwhile, drivers were warned to prepare for heavy traffic as families head out on an estimated 19.2m day trips.

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    RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “We’re forecasting the busiest late May bank holiday since before the pandemic.”

    It comes after thousands of families were left stranded at airports yesterday when British Airways cancelled more than 120 flights due to a catastrophic IT failure.

    A BA spokeswoman said: “We’ve apologised to customers whose flights have been affected.”

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