Motorists in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being told to expect a busy bank holiday weekend on local roads.

The RAC says 12.8 million leisure car journeys are likely to occur over the four days across the UK.

On Easter Sunday itself, the RAC believes close to 3.75 million cars will be on the roads as people visit family members and go on days out.

Rod Dennis, RAC Traffic Watch spokesman, said this year’s Easter traffic trends could be slightly different due to the timing of the school holidays.

He said: “Things are a little different this year to last – with many schools having already broken up, a lot of traffic on Easter Sunday in particular will likely be families returning from trips.”

Mr Dennis added: “More than three million leisure trips will take place on Easter Monday, perhaps as more people head back home for the start of the working week – although with school holidays continuing in some parts of the country, the roads remain busy with a total of nine million leisure trips planned during the following week from Tuesday 18th through to Sunday 23rd April.”

“It is likely the usual main road arteries will suffer the consequences of lots of us trying to get away for the double bank holiday weekend by car. Our advice, if you can, is to head off early to beat other travellers, but to expect some jams on major routes.”

Despite the warm and sunny weather enjoyed in the Burnham-On-Sea area during the past week, the Met Office is forecasting a chillier Easter weekend.