By Lara Keay For Mailonline
Published: 12:27 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 15:13 BST, 1 September 2019
Britain faces up to three months of rain as autumn approaches, as we wave goodbye to summer with one final blast of sunshine.
Conditions throughout September, October and November are expected to be wetter but warmer than usual, with steady downpours up and down the country as some areas are battered by wind.
Today however will remain warm, with highs of 78.8F (26C) expected in the south and south east and the mercury already hitting 68F (20C) on the Kent coast on the first day of autumn.
But as the day goes on, things will turn cooler and wetter, with showers and even thunderstorms in northern and central parts this evening.
It's not over yet! A woman is pictured in a red and white gingham dress with matching roses, rose wine and picnic set around Christchurch Quay in Dorset today
Soaking up the sun: A duck rests on the back of a hippo on a sunny morning in Christchurch, Dorset, this morning
Britons are enjoying a final blast of sunshine before conditions turn wetter later today and through the rest of September,