It’s the start of July and the summer holiday season is getting underway in mainland Europe.
And the undeniable evidence was traffic jams on the motorways in France.
Opting to let the train take the strain didn’t help either. Austerlitz station in Paris was closed by lightning, with trains to central and southern France and Spain cancelled. More than a thousand passengers spent the night on their train as it pushed another which had broken down from near Paris to the central French city of Clermont Ferrand.
In Germany, holidays have started in some southern states, meaning there was heavy traffic from Munich to Salzburg and Italy. The northern coast and the Baltic were also said to be heavily congested.
Further south, sunseekers are heading for the coast in Croatia. There have been reports of traffic jams at several key locations.