By Andrew Gibson
It is quite ironic that severe weather conditions are causing travel chaos as thousands of holiday makers look forward to escaping the cold British weather for some fun in the sun. Families who were expecting to spend their winter vacations by a private swimming pool in the sun are suddenly beginning to realize that getting there may now be a problem.
Recent weather forecasts predict that the U.K is in store for more severe winter weather with some parts of Britain expecting up to nine inches of snow over the next couple of days. The immediate knock on effect for families looking to escape the U.K for warmer climates, like the Algarve, Florida and Caribbean, is that they might just not get there. So instead of drinking rum cocktails on the beach they may instead be left shivering in the snow.
Families who decided to stay in the U.K, typically renting open-fired holiday cottages, are also in for a shock as many will not be able to get to their holiday rentals by road. Furious drivers are asking why local authorities are so ill prepared for this cold spell despite many weeks of warnings. To add to the misery, airports are closed in Aberdeen, Norwich and Belfast and Newcastle International Airport is facing severe disruptions.
Flights to holiday villas in Dubai, the Canary Islands, Turkey and the Algarve in Portugal are all facing disruption. Many of the more fortunate pensioners also like to head to the South of Spain, Costa del Sol, Costa Brava and Costa Calida during the worst of the UK winter. Many have worked out that with the high cost of heating their homes with heating fuel and gas at an all time high that it is cheaper to spend the winter in a warmer climate. It looks as though many will not make it this year and in an even crueler twist they will find the cold weather rockets up their heating costs.
The Met Office have warned that heavy snow fall will spread right across the country and that things will get a lot worse before they get better.