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Brits face a Bank Holiday weekend washout after floods and half a month of rain battered the country in just three hours today.
Torrential downpours sparked getaway travel chaos as yellow storm weather warnings were issued across the south and the north east.
Parts of the country saw up to 40mm of rainfall within a few hours – in contrast to last year’s monthly total of 76.7mm.
Plymouth Council described the downpours as “biblical” as around 3ft of water flooded some areas.
The authority tweeted: "As a result of that biblical rain shower, we’ve got some flash flooding around the city with many roads either closed of impassible."
And there was a 70-mile long queue on the M5 between Exeter and Taunton.
Many UK routes were submerged by flash floods as a record 18million drivers were expected to hit the roads for the three-day weekend.
Meanwhile Bank Holiday Monday is poised to be the coldest on record at just 11C.
Emma Salter from the Met Office said: “We’ll see an improving picture throughout the weekend but it will be quite chilly.
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“We could see some places getting the coldest maximum temperatures on record this Bank Holiday Monday.”
The Met Office forecasts the weather to be "unsettled" with showers set to hammer down on some parts of the country.
Low pressure will remain across the UK until the end of the week, bringing further spells of rain, showers and strong wind at times.
There is some faith that the weekend will be dryer and cooler, with winds easing as pressure subsides.
Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Frank Saunders, said: “We’ve seen a real mix of weather this August – with a heatwave earlier this month and in the last week we’ve had two named storms bringing very wet and windy weather across the country.
“With high pressure on the way this weekend we’re going to end the month with much more settled weather, with plenty of late summer sunshine for many. It’ll be a dry weekend for most areas too, though eastern areas can expect a few heavy showers on Saturday.”
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