COP26 delegates warned Glasgow is 'cold, wet, and windy' ahead of climate conference

By Chris McCall

COP26 delegates have been warned to pack their waterproofs before they travel to Glasgow as the city is "cold, wet and windy" during November.

The frank admission is contained in official guidance issued to those planning a trip to the global climate summit, which will be held at the SEC on Clydeside.

More than 25,000 politicians, climate experts and journalists will descend on Glasgow from October 31 for an event billed as the biggest gathering of world leaders ever held in the UK.

While VIP guests such as Joe Biden and The Queen are unlikely to be caught outdoors by a sudden Scottish downpour, organisers have reminded others to be adequately prepared before venturing out in the city.

"The weather in Glasgow in November is often cold, wet and windy, with low temperatures of five degrees celsius," the Q&A document issued to delegates explains.

"We recommend ensuring delegates bring warm, waterproof clothing to ensure they stay warm and dry when outside."

The guide also informs visitors they will be expected to follow local coronavirus guidelines if they use public transport when staying in Scotland.

But delegates will not be required to show proof of vaccination before they are allowed in the high-security Blue Zone, where the COP26 negotiations take place.

They will however have to show a negative test result each day before entering the conference.

It comes as an adviser to Nicola Sturgeon’s Government warned COP26 could cause a spike in covid cases.

Professor Linda Bauld also said there is a “reservoir of infection” throughout the UK following the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.

Although infection numbers in Scotland have stabilised, the NHS is still facing unprecedented pressures going into the winter.

Bauld, who has become one of the most respected voices on the pandemic, told Times Radio she is concerned about the impact of the Glasgow summit on covid levels.

"Yes, I am worried about a Glaswegian spike, and I'm not worried just about Glasgow... The central belt is interconnected. And we're seeing declines here but we may not be able to hang on to those gains."

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