The Westcountry is gearing up to bask in the UK's best weather this weekend for what is set to be a bumper bank holiday.
Largely clear blue skies and warm temperatures are on the cards – a far cry from the same time last year, when relentlessly soggy weather forced the cancellation of many key events.
Police have urged drivers to be patient as the roads are likely to be jam packed with holidaymakers heading west to enjoy the last of the summer. The Exeter-based Met Office said the signs were looking good.
"It's looking like it's going to be a good weekend for Devon and Cornwall," said a spokesman.
"There is the potential that we could have the best of the weather for the weekend in the UK."
The weekend may start with a damp feel as the region catches the edge of a swathe of wet weather predicted to sit over the Midlands.
However, the spokesman said that though the path of the rain remained unclear, with luck "this should all happen when we're still in our beds".
After a possible slow start, the clouds should part and temperatures rise to a pleasantly warm 20-24 degrees.
"There is the potential for occasional showers in the morning, but this could fall in the early hours," said the spokesman.
Sunday and Monday should be unblemished by any of the wet stuff, he added.
"It's not going to be a heatwave, but it will be nice British weather."
Looking into next week, the spokesman said the weather may be more unsettled on Tuesday but should clear for another fine week.
As the good weather seemed likely to tempt holidaymakers to grab some sunshine in the last full week of the school holidays, the region's airports and train services were expecting to be busy. Police meanwhile warned of chokepoints in the region's road network. "We are looking at some very busy roads," said Sgt Olly Taylor.
"It's the last bank holiday of the summer, the last chance to get away before the schools go back.
"I think it is going to be a significant weekend.
"With the weather the way it is, it's likely we'll have the busiest roads in the country this weekend."
Sgt Taylor said there were some infamous bottlenecks in the region which were likely to be jam packed.
He warned that parts of the A30 in Cornwall, particularly around Temple, would witness heavy traffic, as well as the M5/A30 junction and the A30/A38 junction.
"It's not all doom and gloom," he added.
"We are used to this and we can cope."
He said drivers should be patient if stuck in traffic and ensure they had water in the car.
He suggested visitors should stagger their journey to the Westcountry to avoid pinchpoints such as Friday evening or Saturday late morning and afternoon.
A fine August bank holiday is a stark contrast to last year when rain and winds were estimated to have cost businesses up to £10million in lost custom.
The soggy weather forced the cancellation of a number of high-profile events, including the final day of the Tiverton Balloon Festival, a raft of sporting events and a number of country fairs.