MOTORISTS are being warned to prepare for a ‘manic Monday’ on the roads when many families will be returning to the region from their Easter break.
Weather experts are also predicting more bad news for families, with Easter Monday expected to be largely a washout.
Many will have hit the road today for the Easter getaway aiming to make the most of the four-day bank holiday weekend but like the traffic, the weather is expected to become progressively worse.
While it is expected to stay dry on Saturday and Sunday, forecasters in Burton said rain was highly likely to arrive by Monday, dampening the mood as many look to take advantage of the time off work.
The outlook isn’t much better either for those who are hoping to enjoy the bank holiday at home in Burton and South Derbyshire.
A spokesman for the Newhall Weather Centre said: “The temperature is continuing to fall heading into the weekend, with increasing cloud cover and the likelihood of precipitation increasing all the time.
“The risk of rain is low for Saturday and Sunday, but for Monday and Tuesday it is 75 to 80 per cent and then around 90 per cent for Wednesday and Thursday.
“So if it doesn’t rain on Easter Sunday, then it probably will on Monday.”
While families may well be rushing for cover for much of Bank Holiday Monday if the experts are proved right, it might not be all bad news for ice cream sellers, with temperatures set to hover around the comfortable 16C mark, about average for the time of year.
While today has been described by motoring experts as the busiest day on the roads so far this year, it is Monday when motorists could find themselves with more headaches, with more roadworks taking place on the major routes up and down the country.
The RAC is already labelling the bank holiday as ‘manic Monday’, with motorists being urged to head for home either early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the traffic jams, while fellow motoring firm the AA said an online poll of its members showed that around half of them expected to drive over the weekend.