The wet weather will continue to the end of this month, including floods and storms, according to the Met Office, potentially making it one of the wettest Aprils on record.
In Australia “drought” refers to a long-term absence of rain. Must be different in the UK.
Despite the ongoing drought, heavy downpours could cause localised flooding, even in areas where there is hosepipe ban in place.
The Met Office issued weather warnings for the South West, London, South East, Wales and the West of England due to flooding on roads and 60mph winds. Hail storms are expected across the country and it is feared windows could be broken by giant hail, up to 1cm thick. In the north and Scotland temperatures could fall to -2C. Cairngorm ski resort in Scotland is open, although most of the other centres remain closed, as snow falls on the high ground.
An unsettled front coming in from the Atlantic is causing the combination of storms and sunshine across most the county.
The heaviest rain will be in the west at the beginning of the week before the Atlantic weather system moves over the east of the country bringing downpours to the drought-stricken areas of the UK.
Most of the east of England is in drought, from the Humber down to the Kent coast, and across the Midlands and the South West. Seven water companies in the south and east have brought in hosepipe bans.