Millions are preparing to make the most of the Easter heatwave by heading off on getaways, new figures suggest.

About 10 million people could take to the roads at the start of the four-day weekend.

Good Friday is expected to be the busiest travelling day, but motorists are being urged to set off early or delay travel until Saturday to avoid the worst traffic jams.

Brits enjoying staycations can look forward to plenty of dry and sunny weather across the UK, the Met Office has forecast.

Temperatures are expected to soar and widely reach the low 20s and peak at 25C in the south.

Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Willington said: “With temperatures usually around 10-13C at this time of year, it’s certainly going to be significantly warmer than average this Easter weekend and quite a contrast to the colder weather we have seen so far this month.”

A survey of 1,258 people by tourist board VisitEngland indicates that 7.4 million have planned an overnight trip in the UK this weekend.

This is up from 4.8 million last year and is the most since the annual survey was launched in 2013.

Temperatures could soar to 25C over the Easter bank holiday weekend. Credit: Met Office

Among the attractions holding special events this weekend are Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire; Goodrich Castle, Herefordshire; Dreamland Margate, Kent and Chatsworth House, Derbyshire.

VisitEngland director Patricia Yates said: “It is great to see so many Brits are planning holidays at home in the UK in what is set to be a cracking Easter, bringing a boost for businesses and local economies as the summer season gets under way.

“Holidaying at home continues to be a great choice with the certainty of budgeting, the ease and convenience, and the quality on offer all tempting people to explore beyond their doorstep.”

Easter is always one of the most popular times of year for travel

Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer

More than two million British holidaymakers are expected to head overseas this weekend, ABTA expects, with strong demand reported for destinations including Spain, Turkey and Egypt.

Airports, ferry terminals and the Channel Tunnel will be extremely busy.

Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “The fact that Easter falls so late this year means that there is a good range of short-haul destinations, offering good temperatures and guaranteed sunshine.

Research by the RAC and Inrix suggests 4.4 million car journeys for leisure trips will be made on Good Friday.

This is expected to cause many major routes to be clogged, with the worst delays between 11am and 4.30pm.

The areas most likely to see jams include:

  • M62 westbound from Leeds to Manchester between Junctions 27 and 18 (56-minute delay)

  • M6 northbound from Preston to Lancaster between Junctions 31 and 34 (39-minute delay)

  • M25 anticlockwise from Orpington between Junctions 4 and 30 (30-minute delay)

Roadworks will be removed on motorways so major roads will be cone free. Credit: PA

Highways England said it will remove more than 450 miles of roadworks in time for the weekend, meaning 99% of motorways and major A-roads in England will be clear of cones.

Rail passengers also face disruption as Network Rail carries out engineering work.

London Euston, the fifth busiest station in the UK, will be closed between Good Friday and Easter Monday.

There will also be no trains at London Fenchurch Street, an amended service between Preston and Glasgow Central, and some lines closed through Wimbledon.

Network Rail said fewer passenger use trains during bank holidays compared with working days but admitted there is “never an ideal time to shut the railway for our must-do work”.