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Sunshine hope after weekend washout

It is the beginning of the end as far as the summer holidays are concerned - but the bank holiday sunshine was set to arrive at last on Monday.

After a weekend of largely wet weather across Britain, for many the warm weather arrived too late, with roads set to be at their busiest this week.

The worst days to travel over the whole summer period are always those following the bank holiday, AXA car insurance said.

Gemma Plumb, forecaster at MeteoGroup, the weather arm of the Press Association, said there was a mild risk of showers in eastern England on Monday.

But she added: "Away from eastern parts of England, it looks a dry and fine day. High pressure is building up into this week."

Revellers at Notting Hill Carnival were in for a treat with lengthy spells of sunshine in the capital.

This weekend is traditionally one of the busiest of the year with 16 million cars hitting the roads.

But gridlocked traffic is set to continue into the week, with insurers warning accidents on the roads are set to soar by more than a third.

Craig Staniland, from AXA, said: "The majority of accidents are down to driver error and often conditions when driving home from a holiday make it all the more stressful for the driver.

"A bit of planning can mitigate some of those pressures and make it a safer journey for everyone."


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