Temperatures will drop way down into the single figures bringing a brisk -3C in the morning for some areas. Met Office researchers have said that 3 October was the wettest day for UK-wide rainfall since records began in 1891.

The heavy downpours came amid Storm Alex and saw an average of 31.7mm of rain across the whole of the UK.

The researchers added that the rain was enough to exceed the capacity of Lock Ness.

The last record for the wettest day was 29 August 1986.

The Environment Agency has put three flood alerts in place for Friday.

The alerts cover areas in the south of England due to heavy downpours brought by Storm Alex earlier this month.

Storm Alex brought downpours almost everywhere across the UK.

Dr Mark McCarthy, from the Met Office, said: “The main characteristic for October 3 was moderate but persistent rain, and it was very widespread.

“We had 30 to 50mm of rain, quite extensively across large parts of the UK that day, and that’s quite unusual.”

Dr McCarthy added that if all that rain was collected together, it would overtake Britain’s biggest lake by volume.

He said: “So 31.7mm across the area of the UK equates to around 7.6 cubic kilometres of water by volume.

“Loch Ness is around 7.4-7.5 cubic kilometres.”

In the first couple of weeks of this month, many parts of Britain already surpassed their average October rainfall.

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Oxfordshire is leading as the wettest county in the UK with about 148 percent of its long-term average October rain experienced so far.

Dr McCarthy said Britain should expect to have “wetter winters”.

He said: “There’s a general expectation that under our warming climate, we would expect to see increases in some types of extreme rainfall and rainfall events and we’re expecting to have wetter winters overall, we could expect increases in these types of extremes.”

Although some areas are still being affected by October’s rainfall, on Friday most places will be fairly dry.

Alex Deakin, Met Office Meteorologist, said: “There will be plenty more opportunities to enjoy the autumn colours over the next few days because most parts of the UK will be dry and bright.

“I say most parts, there will still be a few showers around on Friday but for many there’ll be some sunny spells as well.

“A bit of a fresh start to Friday, quite a chilly feel with temperatures way down into the single figures.”

Temperatures on Friday morning will drop close to freezing bringing a chilly start.

Mr Deakin said: “By morning time we are well down into single figures even in towns and cities.

“Rural parts of south Wales, southwest England close to freezing and some sheltered Scottish glens could be as low as -3C to start Friday.”

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