As forecasters issue yellow warnings for flooding across Britain, torrential rain and 70mph gale force winds batter Britain

  • Winds of up to 50 mph can cause travel disruptions and flooding in many parts of the UK 
  • A yellow weather warning for rain is in place for the Cop 26 climate summit in Glasgow (Scotland)
  • Strong winds from the west will bring a “wild start” to Sunday, as the weather starts ‘going downhill”.
  • Three people were feared to have drowned after they were swept off their paddleboards by a torrential river.


Forecasters have issued yellow weather warnings about flooding in many areas of Britain due to torrential rain and 70mph galeforce winds. 

Strong winds from the west will bring a “wild start”, with potential for further disruptions and wet conditions going into the first weeks of November, according the Met Office.

The yellow weather warning has been issued for Glasgow, where the Cop26 global climate conference will begin on Sunday.

According to the Met Office damaging winds of up 60mph to 70mph are possible along the south coast due to a deep Atlantic low pressure’ system arriving from the west, according to the Met Office 

Steven Keats, Met Office meteorologist, stated that conditions would start ‘going downhill” on Sunday. 

Waves crashing by the Porthcawl lighthouse in south Wales amid a yellow weather warning for heavy rain in place across the area

Waves crash by the Porthcawl lighthouse, south Wales, amid a yellow warning for heavy rain.

Vehicles travel through standing water after heavy rain in Longbridge, West Midlands, on Saturday as wet weather is expected across the country again on Sunday

Vehicles are seen moving through standing water following heavy rain in Longbridge (West Midlands) on Saturday. Wet weather is expected to return across the country on Sunday.

The three-day outlook for the UK with a yellow weather warning in place for several areas, including Cop26 climate summit host Glasgow, on Sunday

The three-day outlook in the UK, with a yellow forecast in place for several areas, including Cop26’s climate summit host Glasgow on Sunday

He said, “Further West heavy rainfall will be picking up, and there’ll some heavy rain coming from the Atlantic.”

“That will rule the weather into tomorrow.”

“Heavy rain will push across into…western England and Wales and be accompanied and gusty winds.  

He said, “Given that trees are in full growth and the ground is saturated in many places, you might get one or more trees coming down.”

“It’s going be very unstable.”

It is believed that three people have drowned, and another person is in serious danger. They were swept off their paddleboards by a sudden storm on Saturday night that turned a floodwater into a torrent.

They were part of an organized outing and had only been in the water for a few minutes when they were struck by a torrent of water as they paddled close to a weir on the river in Pembrokeshire.

They were swept from their boards and seen ‘in distress’ in the River Cleddau, near the town centre of Haverfordwest.

Emergency services at the River Cleddau in Haverfordwest, Wales, on Saturday, where at least three people were on their boards on a usually calm stretch of the river when they were hit by a huge deluge of flood water

On Saturday, emergency services were called to the River Cleddau, Haverfordwest in Wales. At least three people were riding their boards along a normally calm section of the river when they were struck by floodwaters.

Rescue teams searching for paddle boarders at the River Cleddau on Saturday. It comes amid warnings to be careful of dangerous 'fast flowing and deep floodwaters'

Searches by rescue teams for paddle boarders on Saturday at the River Cleddau It comes amid warnings about dangerous ‘fast flowing floodwaters’

Both the National Police Air Service and Wales Air Ambulance provided air support.  

Mr Keats said that while temperatures are expected to drop over the next week, it will bring a seasonal’ feeling and that the weather will remain ‘unsettled’. However, there is still the possibility of heavy downpours.

‘The most disruptive potential from the weather will be in the next 24 to 36 hours’,  he said.