CHAOS on the streets as visitors return home following a bright Bank Holiday weekend.
TRAFFIC may be congested today as millions of people return home after a lovely Bank Holiday weekend break.
Coastal resorts around the country were packed as families took advantage of what was likely their last chance for a summer vacation. However, tragedy struck when a man died when a family of paddle-boarders in Hampshire had to be rescued from the sea. Beaches were packed, with temperatures reaching 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius) in some spots.
On the South Coast, Brighton, Bournemouth, Durdle Door, and Weymouth, as well as Scarborough and Blackpool in the North, were particularly busy.
However, traffic safety organizations have cautioned that today’s paths home will be congested. Over the long weekend, 18.4 million cars were expected to be on the roads as vacationers celebrated the last days of summer.
Excessive traffic bottlenecks could bring anguish for many today, as the epidemic means more staycations than ever before.
“Weather is always a key factor on where people spend their bank holiday,” Edmund King, president of the AA, said.
“However, according to AA study, local traffic could be heavier this time. On the roadways, where vacation traffic mixes with sporting or retail day-trippers, there are likely to be significant delays.
“Drivers should inspect their vehicles before leaving the house.”
The South-roads west’s are anticipated to be particularly congested today, with Devon and Cornwall reporting a significant increase in tourist numbers.
The Met Office predicted that the generally sunny weather will continue for the rest of the week.
“High pressure is likely to be in charge over the UK at first,” a spokeswoman added.
“Dry weather will continue in most regions, with changeable cloud and some sunshine spells.”
Meanwhile, on Saturday, a 51-year-old man was rescued from the sea and transported to a hospital, but he was unable to be saved.
After two teens and their parents became stranded half a mile from the shore, lifeboats were dispatched.
When the tragedy occurred, the family was paddle-boarding off Lepe Beach, near Exbury, Hants.
Paramedics treated his three relatives on the scene.