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Mass exodus as Bank Holiday heatwave rains off

TENS of thousands of people will jet off to the sun this bank holiday weekend as hopes of a mid-summer heatwave at home were dashed.

Thousands more will be on the move over the weekend by rail, bus and road, as weather experts said the weekend will see mixed sunshine and showers, with more of the same next week.

Asked if there was any chance of a heatwave in the near future, a Met Eireann spokesman told the Herald today: "It doesn't look like it."

Temperatures are expected to be around average for this time of year, but may climb to a high of 22C in some places in prolonged sunshine, with tomorrow looking like the best day of the weekend, the forecaster added.

The weather for the rest of the weekend will be mixed, with good spells of sunshine coupled with bands of rain coming in from the Atlantic.

Meanwhile, the bank holiday getaway got under way today with around 280,000 passengers set to travel through Dublin Airport this weekend.

More than 2,200 flights will take off and land over the weekend as people take advantage of the longer break.

An extra 100 charter flights have been added to the usual schedule, with mainland Spain and Turkey the most popular destinations for Irish departures, the Dublin Airport Authority said.

Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport Alan Kelly urged everyone travelling this weekend to festivals or sporting events -- or just enjoying the outdoors -- to use public transport.

This weekend will see the Irish Open in Killarney, the National Steam Rally in Stradbally, Co Laois, the Galway Summer Races and the inaugural Dublin Super Cup, where some of the biggest names in world football meet at the Aviva Stadium.