The scorching weather of late is set to give way to incredible downpours as Britain braces itself for the “worst Summer storms” ever.

Rain and strong winds are likely to cause flooding and travel chaos

Rain and strong winds are likely to cause flooding and travel chaos

Torrential rain is set to drench the country as a month’s worth of rain falls in just a few hours. As well as the rain, winds of 50mph will scour the land and the Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for much of the UK for today and tomorrow, especially in the North, where the wind is expected to be strongest. 50mph winds are capable of damaging buildings as well as uprooting trees and causing travel disruption.

The violent thunderstorms are likely to travel flash floods which will spill over into travel chaos. The Met Office statement reads: “An area of persistent and at times heavy rain will move north across the area, and winds will become strong, with the risk of gales over coasts and hills. The public should be aware of the risk of localised flooding and of disruption to transport. Rainfall will be very variable but could well exceed two inches in 12 to 24 hours in places. Winds are likely to gust at 40 to 50mph over some coasts and hills.”

Forecasters are putting the change in the weather down to a powerful low-pressure system that is building over the Atlantic and heading for the UK. Jonathan Powell who is a forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, said: “Summer is about to turn right on its head with an almighty pasting through the weekend. Heavy and persistent rain will affect the whole country. It could be one of the worst summer storms we have seen.”

Once the storm has blown through, the good weather should return, with temperatures up to 80°F by the end of the week.