The Great British summer is about to come to an abrupt halt – with a 1,500-mile-wide storm due to hit the country on Friday night. A severe weather warning coming into effect at 7am on Saturday has been issued by the Met Office as unseasonably strong winds – gusting at up to 60mph – are expected to batter the coast.

The sudden change in weather signals the start of an “early autumn”, experts claimed, with heavy, blustery showers expected and up to 20mm of rain falling in places. The weather will intensify on Saturday as temperatures drop to 11C overnight. CONTINUE