Up to 70mm of rain will lash the country today, with gale force winds up to 60mph expected as a yellow weather warning remains in place.
But it's not all bad news, with Brits pinning their hopes on a sunny Bank Holiday – with temperatures expected to climb to a warm 21C next weekend.
Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said this morning: "There's been some steady rain overnight and that rain is going to last throughout the day.
"The highest we have had so far is down towards Kent and East Sussex. We've already had 18mm in a few spots in Kent and that's just overnight."
Expected downfalls of 60 to 70mm will outstrip the usual 40 to 45mm seen in just one month for some areas.
More than 30 flood alerts are in place.
Today's wet weather has come from a slow-moving low pressure band pushing up from the continent, with Becky explaining: "It does feel a bit more like winter, seeing as we are in mid-spring at the moment.
"It's a real contrast to the temperatures we saw seven to eight days ago."
Temperatures today will struggle to reach the previous highs of 28C that Britain basked in last week, with the mercury grazing just 8C in London, 12C in Manchester and 6C in Norwich.
But the week will slowly dry out, with temperatures expected to squeeze into the low 20s over the Bank Holiday.
Becky said: "By the start of the weekend, we will have high teens, about 18C towards the southeast and feeling much better by Friday.
"The Bank Holiday weekend looks to be an improvement, with temperatures a shade above average, and some sunshine around."
But Brits need to remain on alert today, with the rain and gale force winds creating nightmarish driving conditions and road closures across the country.
By Tuesday, temperatures are expected to slowly creep to 13C, the average for this time of year.
Tuesday will see dry, bright weather punctuated by outbreaks of brain, with a far warmer 13 to 14C temperatures.
Yellow weather warnings for rain were last night in place, extending into today for the East Midlands, East of England, London & South East England, Yorkshire and Humber.
The Met Office has warned that homes and businesses could also be flooded in areas hit by the worst rainfall, as travel chaos looks increasingly likely.
The warning cautions: "Spray and flooding is likely to result in difficult driving conditions and possible some road closures, as well as delays or cancellations to train and bus services.
"Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services."
Flood alerts are also in place for the South of England and the Midlands.
Brighton Beach this time last week and yesterday
Temperatures will remain changeable on Wednesday.
By Wednesday, the low pressure system will have disappeared but a new weather system from the Atlantic will bring more rain to the UK.
By the end of the week, the weather will be looking far more promising – with a BBQ scorcher of a Bank Holiday still on the cards.
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