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The heat is on as summer getaway hits Wales

This weekend is predicted to be one of the busiest on the roads this summer, reports the AA.

More than two million Britons are expected to head overseas but with the warm weather continuing, congestion is expected right across the country.

Spain remains the number one destination for the UK holiday market, with the Canary and Balearic Islands continuing to be popular.

However, high July temperatures in Wales have also boosted domestic bookings, with tour operators reporting strong demand for people opting for a 'staycation' instead.

Many enjoyed the sunshine in Llanelwedd this week at the Royal Welsh Show Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

“This weekend sees the start of the main holiday exodus, with the vast majority of schools now ‘out’ for the summer. While a favourable exchange rate in many destinations will increase the appeal of overseas holidays, we also expect the warm summer weather we’ve recently experienced to make the UK popular for late bookers."

– Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive, ABTA

Welsh drivers are the ones who are most likely to stay in the country, travelling on average of 722 miles, compared to 1,322 to those in the West Midlands.

For those opting to stay in Wales, there are plenty of activities and events taking place through the summer to keep you entertained.

The urban beach returns to Cardiff for a second year Credit: Orchard PR

The popular Cardiff Bay urban beach makes a return to the capital today after a successful summer last year.

It saw over 250,000 people head to the Bay's Oval Basin to be beside the seaside and enjoy the child-friendly beach, shallow pool areas and a variety of entertainment and rides.

“Urban beaches are firmly established in major European cities such as Paris, Berlin and Madrid so it’s great that residents and visitors to Cardiff have another good reason to cancel this year’s holiday plans and soak up the sunshine in the heart of Cardiff Bay instead."

– Cllr. Peter Bradbury, Cabinet Member for Community Development, Co-operatives and Social Enterprise

If a day at the beach doesn't take your fancy, there are plenty of adrenaline-fuelled activities going on all around Wales to keep you and the family entertained.

Why not try your hand at scuba diving on Anglesey or coasteering in Pembrokeshire?

Follow these tips from the RNLI on how to stay safe around the Welsh coastline this summer.

Zip World Titan opened in June Credit: PA Images

Or if you prefer spending your time with your feet off the ground, Europe's only four person zip line has recently opened in Snowdonia, North Wales.