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Extreme weather affected all traffic in Europe

Holidaymakers are experiencing long delays on flights, ferries and Eurotunnel trains as operators deal with the aftermath of extreme weather conditions in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.

Passengers heading to France on the cross-Channel rail operator Eurotunnel were told they could have to wait up to four hours at its Folkestone terminal. Motorists are facing longue queues to get to the Eurotunnel. A Eurotunnel spokesman said: "The prolonged and unprecedented temperatures in the South East of England are affecting the air conditioning on board our shuttles. Due to the high level of traffic booked, we are currently unable to check-in any customers arriving more than two hours before their booked crossing time.”

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Traffic approaching Eurotunnel

Trains heading to the Continent from  Folkestone, Kent, have been delayed as some carriages could not be used due to the air conditioning breaking down in the 30C heat. Families heading for summer holidays on the continent by ferry were also told to expect long queues on the roads into the port of Dover and a minimum two-hour wait to get through border checks. Air travel has also been affected as Stansted Airport cancelled some flights last night due to the heavy rain, which has lead to delays on Saturday. Birmingham, Manchester, Luton and Gatwick airports have also been hit by delays and cancellations.The Met Office issued a series of yellow and amber warnings for rain, thunderstorms and wind on Saturday and Sunday, and said delays to public transport and difficult driving conditions on flooded roads were expected.

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