Holiday traffic chaos has already hit the UK's busiest roads. Frustrated drivers are already standing in front of a 70-mile line on a freeway, while staycationers rush to the most beautiful spots in the country to enjoy the three-day weekend.
Vacationers traveling through the southwest were stopped in a huge traffic jam on the M5 between Exeter and Taunton this afternoon, including a 70-mile queue north and delays of up to two hours south.
Queuing was also seen on the M25 and a number of major roads in the West Country, with an eight mile drive on the A30 taking an hour.
And since the tourism bosses state that the region is already at full capacity, anyone without a confirmed booking is asked to stay away.
The heads of the RAC are expecting record-breaking traffic as the Staycationers take to the streets before the long weekend.
Parts of the M25 in Kent and Surrey were already overcrowded with traffic this morning.
There are also significant delays on the M4 near Bristol and near Newport, the A38 in Devon, the A303 near Stonehenge and the A35 between Exeter and Bournemouth, according to traffic data.
It comes because roads have been flooded with water in the midst of flash floods like the UK is facing Half a month's worth of rain is expected to fall in just three hours. 5.6 million people take to the streets to spend the weekend on public holidays.
A yellow storm warning remains in place for part of southern England and South Wales, and another rain warning in the northeast.
The Met Office predicts that parts of the country will fall as much as 40mm of rain in just three hours, compared to 76.7mm last year.
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Vacationers traveling through the southwest were stopped in a huge traffic jam on the M5 between Exeter and Taunton this afternoon, including a 70 mile northbound queue and up to two hours southbound delays
In addition to long queues on the M5, Highways England is also reporting severe delays on the A30, A303 and A35
Highways England cameras show heavy traffic along the M5 this afternoon as Staycationers head into the West Country
Traffic filled all five lanes of the M25 near Junction 9 in Surrey this afternoon as people streamed towards the coast
Heavy queue traffic on the M25 near Junction 9 in Surrey as vacationers try to get a lunch break to help weather the rush
This holiday weekend is likely to see the busiest streets so far this year. A severe overload of the M25 is shown
There were also long lines on the M25 in Kent this morning as cars and trucks drove around the London Orbital
The A303 near Stonehenge, a well-known bottleneck that usually has large lines of traffic on holiday weekends, is expected to be full
A stranded caravan added to the traffic problems on the M5 as queues were reportedly secured for 65 miles this afternoon
A google map with traffic data showing some of the problem areas including the M25, particularly around the Surrey area, as well as the M3 and M4
Tourism bosses warn people to stay out of the way unless they already have a booking. Fowey town center is pictured
Fowey town center expects large numbers of visitors over the holiday weekend – and tourists are already crowding around today
Staycationers are enjoying the sights in Fowey today as the number of holiday visitors continues to grow in Devon and Cornwall
Kitesurfers are pictured off Tynemouth beach in north east England on August 28th. Forecasters predict that this public holiday Monday could be the coldest ever recorded for some parts of the UK
The windswept Highlands End Holiday Park at Eype near Bridport in Dorset, where most of the places were occupied by visitors
Travelers at London Waterloo station are approaching the bank holiday weekend and preparing for their vacation
Huge waves hit the lighthouse at Seaham, County Durham this morning, while strong winds continue to blow across much of the country
Saturday and Sunday: These weather charts, produced by the Met Office, show how the UK's weather is getting drier over the weekend
Deputy Chief of Police Glen Mayhew of the Devon and Cornwall Police Department said: “Before the traditionally peak weekend in the South West, all emergency services and partners were working together.
& # 39; Confident the South West is well prepared and we look forward to enjoying the sunshine, but planning a trip to Devon and Cornwall is extremely important.
A graphic showing rain sweeping over England and Wales this afternoon
"If you travel without first booking accommodation, it is unlikely that you will find one in the area when you arrive."
Simon Fishwick, Company Secretary and Director of Visit Devon, told MailOnline: & # 39; Devon and Cornwall will be very busy for the next few days. Our message to all visitors is to plan ahead and safely enjoy the weekend.
& # 39; It is reported that most businesses are seeing high levels of bookings and this is not the time to eliminate the possibility that something may be available.
“We encourage you to do your research, plan your visit, book your accommodation, and visit attractions, restaurants, etc. in advance. However, be aware of social distancing and safety warnings, especially on the coast. We want everyone to have a great time, but safety must be a priority for everyone. "
Heavy rains and flooding caused road accidents last night as heavier showers and thunderstorms wet parts of Britain today.
Forecasters say this bank holiday could be the coldest in some parts of the UK as temperatures are expected to be well below average for the time of year.
Heavy showers brought big problems to the streets yesterday. Flash floods have been reported in parts of Surrey resulting in difficult driving conditions and road closures while Belmont train station had to close.
Shocking footage was taped yesterday afternoon showing a rapid mud slide down a Rame Peninsula road in Cornwall.
More than a dozen homes were evacuated by firefighters during the floods in central Scotland
The residents were rescued from their homes by fire fighters in boats after the floods in central Scotland.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) received calls on Thursday evening about "significant flooding" in West Lothian due to heavy rain.
Two SFRS boat water rescue teams assisted in the rescue of residents of 14 properties at Pyothall Court in Broxburn, West Lothian.
A firefighter who helped evacuate homes in West Lothian yesterday
They were also called to incidents in Linlithgow and Ratho.
SFRS said they had worked with other emergency services and local authorities to provide assistance to those affected.
Images posted on social media showed cars deep in flood and trash cans floating down the street.
Aimee Miller tweeted: & # 39; Road flooded … we all got rescued by the amazing fire department with their boats! Hope everyone else is fine. & # 39;
Heavy rain caused transport problems across the central belt on Thursday, which resulted in trains being suspended and roads blocked.
ScotRail warned that services across the country would be delayed or suspended due to "extremely heavy rain floods".
On Friday, the railway company tweeted that all of the routes affected by the heavy rain on Thursday have reopened and that services can be restarted.
Road closures have also been reported in Kingston, southwest London, where a Twitter user posted pictures of flooding in various parts of the city, including the underpass on Richmond Road near the submerged train station.
Another video shared on Twitter shows motorists struggling to get through flooded areas of London Road in Glasgow with cars half submerged in water.
The Met Office has issued weather warnings as downpours are likely to continue overnight, which can lead to local flooding and travel disruptions.
A yellow heavy rain warning has been posted over the northeast of England and is expected to last until 10 a.m. Friday, while parts of southern England and South Wales are forecast to have thunderstorms between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Meteorologist Emma Salter said: “There will be quite heavy, occasional downpours and there is the possibility of flash floods.
"But it will not rain heavily everywhere, it will only rain heavily in a few communities."
Ms. Salter commented on the coming weekend as follows: “We will see a better picture over the course of the weekend, but in August it will be quite cold, especially in the north. Sunday will be dry with good sunshine. & # 39;
Ms Salter said on that bank holiday that London highs could reach 19C, while parts of Scotland will be cooler with highs of 11C, well below the country's average of 16C.
She pointed to the bank holiday in late August last year, which was Heathrow's hottest ever at 33.2 ° C.
"We could see that on this holiday Monday, some places had the coldest maximum temperatures," said Ms. Salter.
"The lowest recorded maximum temperature was 10.1 ° C in the Shetland Islands – if anything goes down it is in the running to be the coldest ever recorded."
Storm Francis saw vicious gusts of wind hit The Needles near the Isle of Wight on Tuesday. This is just before the UK's August record, which was 87 mph in 1996.
Meanwhile, Storm Ellen storms brought the highest proportion of wind power to the grid as wind turbines provided 59.1 percent of UK electricity at 1am on Saturday, according to National Grid ESO.
A spokesman said: "That means that the wind contributed almost 60 percent more than ever to the electricity system."
The effects of Storm Francis experienced gusts of 75 miles per hour at Lake Vyrnwy in Powys, Wales on Tuesday, matching the August Welsh gust record at Milford Haven in August 1979.
The wettest place on Tuesday was Bethesda in North Wales, where 101mm of rain was recorded. Meanwhile, the fire department in Northern Ireland said 37 people were rescued from the flood.
Elderly residents had to be rescued from the seaside town of Newcastle, County Down, after a river burst its banks, and in Draperstown, Co Londonderry, rescuers had to rescue nine people from a house, along with four outside who were trying to help.
Hampshire has seen flash floods after heavy rain swept the area, including Alresford and Winchester, as pictured yesterday
A cyclist waded through the flood waters on the London Road in Glasgow yesterday, which was lashed by heavy rain for most of the afternoon
A small group of night owls brave the rain during a night out in Leeds last night. Floods have been observed across the country
Floods on August 27th at Pyothall Court in Broxburn, West Lothian. The Met Office expects parts of the country to rain up to 40mm in just three hours, compared to 76.7mm last month
Flash floods occurred in Hampshire after heavy rain swept the area including Alresford and Winchester
A flooded street in Kingston-upon-Thames, Greater London, fell yesterday after inches of rain fell in a matter of hours
A pleasant quiet morning on Bournemouth beach today. The peaceful scene is in stark contrast to the crowds seen during the heat wave
A view of a lonely house and boat on Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, a popular spot for staycationers looking for a getaway
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