Spain, Greece and Turkey will be too hot to visit by 2027, according to a new survey. The majority of UK tourists said they thought popular destinations would be too hot to visit in summer.
According to a UK survey by InsureandGo, a travel insurance provider, more than 70% of Britons believe parts of Europe will be too hot for holidays by 2027.
Chris Rolland, CEO of InsureandGo, said the results of the survey of 2,000 people were “staggering”.
He said: “British holidaymakers are really paying attention to what is happening around the world in terms of global warming.
“While the picture may look ominous now, there is hope that these predictions will not come to pass if we can collectively get climate change under control by sticking to net zero targets and reducing our overall consumption.”
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Spain is currently the UK’s number one holiday destination with over 15 million Britons traveling there each year.
However, soaring temperatures could keep British tourists away from the destination, with heat waves likely to become more frequent.
Almost two-thirds of Britons thought Spain would be too hot to visit in summer in just five years.
Greece could also suffer a drop in tourist numbers, with almost 60% of Britons worried about the country’s heat.
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More than half of those polled said they would avoid holidaying in Turkey in 2027, while Portugal, Italy and Cyprus were also risky destinations for Britons.
The older generation was the most concerned about rising temperatures, with more than 80% saying they were worried about the heat.
The findings come after Europe’s hottest summer on record, with temperatures reaching over 40 degrees in many countries.
Within the next decade, temperatures as high as 50 degrees could become a reality in countries across Europe.
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As temperatures rise, the risk of extreme weather events also increases, which could put tourists at risk.
Spain, Portugal and France have all experienced extreme wildfires this summer that have led to evacuations.
Global warming is responsible for soaring temperatures in Europe and efforts to tackle climate change could determine the future of the continent.
Rolland said tourists might also look for cooler destinations in the future or choose to vacation over Easter or Christmas.
He said: “Family summer holidays are definitely not going away. Our research, however, suggests that this may well change in terms of holidaymakers moving to cooler climates, or perhaps Easter and Christmas will become school holidays as more families head abroad for their holidays.
“I think this research is a real eye-opener that things need to change, and quickly.”
Destinations in Scandinavia could see an increase in tourist numbers as well as cooler countries like Switzerland.
Staycations could also remain popular, although the UK is unlikely to be immune to soaring temperatures.