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Thou­sands en­joy hol­i­day sun­shine

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - CATHY OWEN Re­porter cathy.owen@waleson­line.co.uk

THE sun fi­nally came out in time for the bank hol­i­day week­end af­ter a wet and cool Au­gust. Events held across Wales basked in sun­shine and high tem­per­a­tures. Many made the most of the last hol­i­day of the summer, with mil­lions of Bri­tish peo­ple get­ting away be­fore the chil­dren go back to school. Travel ex­perts said 6.9 mil­lion adults are tak­ing a do­mes­tic break over the last long week­end be­fore Christ­mas, up from 5.1 mil­lion in 2016. Travel trade or­gan­i­sa­tion Abta es­ti­mated 2.1 mil­lion Bri­tish hol­i­day­mak­ers have also trav­elled abroad over the week­end, with Spain, Turkey and Greece among the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions. But those who stayed be­hind have been mak­ing the most of the events on of­fer in Wales. In Cardiff, hun­dreds turned out to watch the spec­tac­u­lar Ex­treme Sail­ing Se­ries. Dubbed For­mula One On Wa­ter, there were lots of thrills and spills on show in the Bay. Food­ies also made the most of Street Food Cardiff’s re­turn for its third year, with the of­fer of tasty treats from all over Wales and fur­ther afield from its food trucks and stalls. In Rhyl, thou­sands of peo­ple gath­ered to watch the an­nual air show, which is now in its ninth year. The Bat­tle of Bri­tain Memo­rial Flight had to be can­celled be­cause of a me­chan­i­cal fail­ure, but that didn’t stop the other dis­plays tak­ing place, and the Red Ar­rows are set to per­form at the show to­day. The free event is ar­ranged by Den­bighghshire Leisure Ser­vices ces and sup­ported by Rhyl hyl Town Coun­cil and thehe RAF. Councillor Hugh H Evans, leader and leadad mem­ber for the Econ­omy and Cor­po­ratete Gov­er­nance, said: “The air show is an im­por­tant event for a number of rea­sons. “Not on­lyon does it give lo­cal peo­ple a world-clas world-class spec­ta­cle on their doorstep,p, but it also at­tracts many thou­sands of visi- tors to De Den­bighshire, help­ing to gen­er­ate e more spend­ingspen in our ho­tels, shops, pubs,, restau­rant restau­rants and other busi­nesses.” And the good news is that Bank Hol­i­dayy Mon­day lo looks set to be the hottest day, with the be best of the weather in the south­ern half of the UK. Weather fore­caster Liam Dut­ton says: “The ban bank hol­i­day week­end is look­ing de­cent – espe­cially for Eng­land and Wales, with some warmth and sun­shine. ine. For much of the bank hol­i­day week­endd the jet stream­strea will be quite weak. “It’ll“I also be across the north of the UK, whichwh is where any rain or show­ers are most likely. How­ever, the jet stream will pick up speed on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day, send­ing cloud, wind and rain east­wards.”w Typ­i­cally, it is look­ing like high pres­suresu may build at the start of Septem­ber – justju in time for when chil­dren go back to school.sch

DAVID POW­ELL DAVID POW­ELL ADRIAN WHITE

Gwyn Lloyd-Grif­fiths tast­ing a Thai-Bo at Swansea Bay Beer and Cider Fes­ti­val at the Brang­wyn Hall at Rhyl Air Show a pair of Strike­mas­ters A seag­ull pho­to­bombs Young­sters meet ‘Bat­man’, who was pro­mot­ing Rhyl Comic Con, at Sun­ny­vale Car­a­van Park, at Rhyl Air Show

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