The region's roads, railways and airports are expected to be busy today for the start of the Christmas getaway.
The busiest time on the roads will be from midday.
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A fine and generally dry day with a light breeze and plenty of long sunny spells, though becoming cloudier through the afternoon.
Saturday will be the best day this weekend before rain on Sunday.