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Rain, wind to disrupt travel for UK bank holiday weekend as 20 million motorists hit the road

A series of weather systems will bring the threat for daily rainfall in the United Kingdom during the upcoming bank holiday weekend.

The final depression in the series to strike the U.K. will also unleash strong winds with the potential for travel delays on Monday.

Higher-than-normal travel is expected on U.K. highways this bank holiday. The RAC reported that more than 20 million drivers will take the road between Friday and Monday, with the heaviest traffic expected on Saturday.

The RAC added that the increase in expected travelers could be related to an earlier-than-normal Easter holiday this year, when Storm Katie unleashed travel-disrupting rain and wind.

Making matters worse for those traveling by train will be engineering work that will take place throughout the holiday weekend. Some areas that will be impacted by altered routes or changed train times include Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham, according to CrossCountry.

Saturday is expected to be the driest day of the bank holiday weekend with brief showers scattered across across the U.K. Most of the day will be dry with any showers generally lasting 20 minutes or less.

More showers are in the forecast for Sunday, with the most widespread rainfall expected from the late morning into the early afternoon. Brief downpours are possible and could limit visibility for travelers.

The weather will turn even more unsettled Sunday night into Monday as a powerful depression tracks north of Scotland.

Steady rain is expected across Northern Ireland, northern England and Scotland on Sunday night. Rain will linger through the day on Monday across Scotland.

Farther south, blustery showers will spread across Wales and England on Monday.

The strongest winds are expected across Northern Ireland, far northern England and Scotland, where gusts over 50 mph (80 km/h) are possible, which would be enough to disrupt holiday travel. Wind gusts of 30-40 mph (50-65 km/h) are possible elsewhere.