Christmas is set to be a washout as heavy rains are forecast to lash the country, bringing travel chaos across the road and rail networks.

Motorists are being warned to take extra care as the Environment Agency issues more than 90 flood warnings across the whole of England ahead of the festive period.

Homeowners are also asked to be on alert with many rivers expected to reach dangerously high levels, increasing the risk of serious flooding into next week.

The Met Office said parts of southern England are expected to see 30mm of rain is forecast over the next 24 hours, with roads and rail lines expected to be the worst hit. The Midlands, Yorkshire, parts of the East and South, are all predicted to see continual heavy rain bringing pools of standing water.

A band of unsettled weather will continue to drench much of the country on Monday into Christmas Eve as millions hit the roads to head home to celebrate the holidays.

It comes as parts of southern England have already been hit with downpours, leaving road surfaces submerged on Friday into Saturday.

Elsewhere a tornado ravaged parts of Surrey, leaving a trail of destruction as unsettled weather pushed in.

The Met Office said heavy rain brought disruption to parts of southwest England and Wales this week, with parts of Cornwall seeing almost 80mm of rain falling in less than 48 hours. On Friday M23 motorway had to be closed, while several rail lines were also blocked across Sussex.

In total nine motorways and 18 railway lines were swamped.

Yellow weather warnings will remain in place for southern England throughout Sunday as low-pressure continues to bring spells of heavy rain and flash floods.

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Dan Suri, said: “For Christmas week there are signs of a quieter spell of weather and slightly colder temperatures for many, though some parts of the UK can still expect some unsettled weather on Monday or Tuesday."

Flooding at the M23 by junction 10a on Friday, as yellow weather warnings for heavy rain are across southern England

The Midlands, Yorkshire, parts of the East and South, are all predicted to see continual heavy rain bringing pools of standing water.

A spokesperson for Highways England said: "Flooding and standing water in certain areas may cause delays to your journey. Please ensure you're driving to the conditions and check routes before you travel."

According to figures from the RAC, an estimated 5.6million getaway trips are planned between 23 December and Christmas Eve.

RAC patrol of the year, Ben Aldous, said: “Our figures show many more drivers are planning leisure trips by car in the run-up to Christmas this year, so bumper-to-bumper traffic on some motorways and major A-roads is going to be near guaranteed.

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“Popular days for travel also tend to be common days for breakdowns, and our teams will be working flat-out over the whole festive period, regardless of what the weather has in store.

"Drivers should remember that a small amount of preparation before setting out can dramatically cut the chances of breaking down in the first place – checking tyre tread and pressure, as well as ensuring oil and coolant are at the right levels - is a must before any long journey.”