Gale force winds of up to 65mph and a torrent of rain are set to blast parts of the UK today as the washout end to July continues.

Relentless rain has already lashed the country in recent days, following on from a soaring heatwave with temperatures above 30C.

On Thursday the grim weather will see more heavy rain in many areas as well as 'thundery showers' in the north and 'severe gales' in the south west.

Forecasters have issued severe weather warnings for rain in north west England and wind in south west England on Thursday and Friday, with gusts of up to 65mph predicted.

The warning says that in the south there could be 'damage to infrastructure' as well as travel disruption.

People on the Millennium Bridge in London during a rain shower
There has already been days of relentless rain across the country

The Met Office added: "There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties."

The heavy rainfall in the north comes with a risk of flooding and travel chaos.

Meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said: "The warnings highlight those areas where the showers have been most persistent and widespread and are causing any impacts.

A rainy motorway
Forecasters have warned of travel disruption

"That area of hail we've seen through Northampton, we have had reports of hail that is up to two centimetres in diameter and up to 35mm of rain falling in some places in an hour.

"Surface water on the road there will make for very difficult driving conditions.

"We're also going to see short periods of blustery winds."

Ms Shuttleworth added that more "isolated" showers and thundery weather would continue over the next few days.

UK Weather warning map for the UK
Two severe weather warnings are in place

The Environment Agency currently has seven flood alerts in place, meaning flooding is possible, mainly in the south east and with one near Halifax.

It comes after an amber alert was lifted In Scotland where the Met Office had warned "homes and businesses are likely to be flooded" and that "fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing danger to life."

The Met Office previously said that up to 80mm of rain could fall in 24 hours in some parts of Scotland.

UK five-day weather forecast

Today:

Rain across northern areas turning more showery through the day, but still some heavy and possibly thundery showers for south-east Scotland and northern England. Elsewhere, sunny spells and a few showers, then turning wet and windy in the south-west later.

Tonight:

Rain, some heavy moving north across Wales and much of England, followed by heavy, thundery showers in the south. Very windy in the south-west with coastal severe gales.

Friday:

Very windy in the far south during the morning, as more persistent rain clears, to leave sunny spells and scattered heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

Sunshine and showers in the south with the chance of a thunderstorm. Drier in the north. Temperatures around or just below average with light or moderate winds.