Drivers in the West Country are being warned to expect traffic chaos this Bank Holiday weekend, with millions of people likely to hit the roads.

Some 22 million drivers will go on leisure trips this weekend, which is eight million more than last year, according to an RAC survey.

The breakdown recovery company has warned of 'extensive' traffic jams on major roads between Friday and Monday - including the M4 and the M5.

There is also expected to be disruption on the nation's railways, due to the closure of the West Coast line.

The M5 near Bristol is expected to be one of the busiest travel routes. Credit: PA

Hot weather is thought to be one of the reasons behind the anticipated boom in weekend getaways, with people flocking to tourist destinations across the region.

Experts predict the roads will be busiest on Saturday when over 6.6million trips are due to take place, compared with 5.6million on Monday and 5.3million on Friday.

The latest Bank Holiday getaway traffic updates will appear below:

  • Main carriageway closed on the M48 Severn Bridge Westbound due to roadworks on M48 Severn Bridge Westbound at J1 B4461 (Aust).

When is the best time to travel?

According to the RAC, getaways will peak on Saturday - with an estimated 6.6million separate trips planned.

This is followed by bank holiday Monday, when a staggering 5.6million people are expected to hit the roads, while today (May 24) will see an estimated 5.3million drivers on the go.

A significant rise in motorists travelling this weekend is thought to be due to the warm weather forecast, but also the beginning of half-term.

It means that in total, it is estimated there will be in the region of 22.5million leisure journeys taken by UK drivers between Friday and the end of the long weekend.

There is also expected to be disruption on the nation's railways. Credit: ITV News West Country

What is the latest weather forecast?

It will be a bit of a murky start for some of us but the sun will break through during the morning. We'll also see a few showers developing before midday too.

A few of the showers will be on the heavy side, most likely during the afternoon from Devon across to Wiltshire.

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be drier but feel a bit cool with winds blowing in off the sea. Temperatures inland should get up to 19 Celsius.

As we head into the bank holiday weekend, the weather is showing signs of becoming a little more changeable.