The UK will be battered by heavy rains and 70mph gusts of winds starting late on Saturday, 28 November, according to the Met Office. Most of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and parts of southern Scotland, will be hit by severe gales which could bring flooding in some areas, while snow will also be a concern for some parts of Scotland.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of severe weather which began from 9am on Saturday and will last to at least 6pm on Sunday evening.

"High winds are expected to be around 40-50mph inland and may reach 60mph in western coastal areas and even 70mph on Sunday in those areas," a spokesperson from the Met Office said. "Elsewhere on Sunday, gusts are expected to reach 60mph across the country. This will bring in more blustery showers, and perhaps longer spells of rain."

The weather warning will remain in place for Wales and northwestern England on Monday and Tuesday. Heavy rainfall will dump large volumes of rain all over the country, with 80mm possible in some parts of the country. And with the ground already saturated from the wet November weather, some rivers are expected to rise, with a low risk of flooding.

The wet weather is expected to cause minor delays for travellers on the roads and using the railways, but gusty winds are not expected to cause flight delays in England. Because of the expected heavy rain, local authorities across Scotland have cancelled their switch-on celebrations.