Friday, May 4, expected to be busiest of day of the weekend.

Millions of drivers are expected to make the most of early May warmth this bank holiday, with heavy traffic predicted for Friday (May 4).

According to research by the RAC, around 8.5 million leisure trips are set to be undertaken by car over the long weekend as warmer weather tempts Brits into short breaks and days out.

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The busiest day of the weekend is set to be Friday, as 2.86 million drivers plan to hit the roads. However, these drivers will have to contend with regular commuter traffic, which will still be heavy as workers head home for the weekend.

The RAC is predicting that some of the worst traffic will be found in coastal regions and the arterial routes that lead to them, as the sun lures people to the seaside.

Chris Bulmer, the Met Office’s deputy chief meteorologist, said there was a good chance of sunny spells for most regions during the bank holiday, while the Monday could see temperatures soar.

‘Not everyone will see continuous sunshine this weekend, but it’s looking like a most of us will get to see some warm sun at times. Parts of Scotland and perhaps Northern Ireland will occasionally be cloudy with some rain, mainly in the west.

‘The best of the sunshine and the highest temperatures this weekend are expected across England and Wales away from the coast. For Bank Holiday Monday itself it is possible that temperatures could be near record-breaking.’

RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: ‘While wall-to-wall sunshine might not be on the cards for everyone this bank holiday weekend, many will still be keen to make the most of the early May warmth by escaping in the car to spend time with family or friends – especially after the recent chilly spell that even lead to some overnight frosts at the start of this week.

‘While motorists have told us about their firm travel plans as part of our research, if we see things really warm up by the weekend it’s likely to mean millions more cars on the road, which is bound to cause queues on popular routes.’