Bank holiday scorcher may be over as grey August returns

The hottest day of the bank holiday may be over but bright spells are set to continue for parts of the UK.

Forecasters have said ‘west is best’ for the rest of the three-day holiday, with Wales and south-west England expected to have most of the warm weather today and Monday.

The mercury hit highs of 24.4C yesterday but what is left of the weekend will be cloudier.

It will be especially cooler in the south east of England on Monday with occasional, light showers, despite temperatures remaining in the high teens.

Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: ‘Although it will gradually get cloudier from the east over the next two days, meaning it won’t be as warm, it’ll still be relatively dry in most places.

‘But, if you are looking for sunshine west is definitely best.’

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Anyone looking to hop in a car and head to a destination to make the most of the fine and dry long weekend, will be joining millions of others.

The RAC estimates that 16.7 million leisure trips will be made on UK roads between Friday and Monday.

Friday evening saw ‘bumper-to-bumper’ traffic on many of the country’s motorways, with traffic slow in Cornwall and Devon as many headed to the coast.

Monday is also expected to be busy as people make their return journeys home. Roads in the south west of England, including the M5, are predicted to be worst affected.

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