Put on your wellies! Glastonbury to be hit by THUNDERSTORMS and torrential rain as Met Office issues a weather warning for lightning, hail and floods
- Forecasters issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms and torrential downpours for Glastonbury
- There will be spots of sunshine throughout the day and warm temperatures reaching 24C (75F) in Somerset
- The festival’s main stage will not open until Friday, with headliner Billie Eilish set for Pyramid Stage tomorrow
Music fans have defied national rail strikes crippling the UK’s transport system as well as threats of camping in torrential rain for the second day of Glastonbury festival.
Forecasters have put a yellow warning in place between 10am and 11.59pm today – with torrential lightning, hail and flooding expected across the country.
The mud synonymous with Glastonbury is set to make an appearance, with thunderstorms and torrential downpours predicted from today – meaning festivalgoers will have to endure the start of the wet weather before Billie Eilish hits the Pyramid stage tomorrow.
But it’s not all doom and gloom as there will be spots of sunshine throughout the day and warm temperatures reaching 24C (75F) – so revellers shouldn’t find it too hard to dry off.
Fans were pictured making the most of the glorious sunshine this morning as they gathered at Worthy Farm’s Stone Circle, situated in a valley lying between two low sandstone ridges.
This year’s Glastonbury festival is the first since summer 2019, and revellers are ready to enjoy the star-studded line-up of music acts including headliners Billie Eilish, Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar over the course of the weekend.
But both extreme weather threats and militant rail strikes taking place this week has not stopped the revellers from starting their five-day festival weekend with a cheer.
With Thursday’s ongoing rail strikes, it is likely the storms will add to transport issues with poor driving conditions and floodwater on roads, potentially causing danger to life.
Fans were pictured making the most of the glorious sunshine this morning as they gathered at Worthy Farm’s Stone Circle, situated in a valley lying between two low sandstone ridges
Forecasters have put a yellow warning in place between 10am and 11.59pm today – with torrential downpours expected across the country.
An aerial view of the Glastonbury Festival site in Somerset this morning where fans have descended for the first time in three years
This year’s Glastonbury festival is the first since summer 2019, and revellers are ready to enjoy the star-studded line-up of music acts including headliners Billie Eilish , Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar over the course of the weekend
Two revellers in front of the Tipi village at Glastonbury Festival on Thursday was pictured making the most of the glorious sunshine
Festivalgoers were pictured gathered around a fire this morning to watch for the sunrise at Glastonbury’s Stone Circle
Crowds gather on the first morning of Glastonbury festival to watch the sunrise at the Stone Circle
Pictured: People gather to watch for the sunrise at the Stone Circle at Glastonbury Festival on Thursday
People gather at Glastonbury’s famous Stone Circle to watch the sunrise on Thursday morning
The Met Office said there is a chance of further rail and bus cancellations due to lightning strikes.
It also warned of power cuts to some homes and businesses, while remote communities could be cut off due to flooded roads.
Flooding could also cause some road closures, with heavy traffic on the roads already expected around the UK due to rail strikes.
People from all ages and parts of Britain made the journey down to Worthy Farm for Glastonbury festival yesterday, which began on Wednesday and ends on Sunday night, complete with their colourful clothes and ready to enjoy the party.
Met Office Chief Forecaster Neil Armstrong said: ‘The warm and sunny conditions continue on Thursday, but there will be an increasing risk of thunderstorms through the afternoon and evening which bring a risk of some torrential downpours.
‘The exact location of these is still uncertain, but people can so stay up to date with the latest forecast information and warnings through our website or app.’
The risk of thunderstorms was issued for ‘much of England and Wales’ on Thursday, with cloudy starts in the far northwest with some patchy rain.
Exeter will see highs of 21C (70F) today, while Manchester will see humid cloudy weather of 27C (80C) this afternoon. Edinburgh will see warm sunshine hitting 22C (71F) today, while Belfast will see highs of 20C (68F).
Meanwhile, some bright spells are expected Friday morning in the south east, but will be swiftly followed by scattered showers by midday, with maximum temperatures of 20C (68F).
But both extreme weather threats and militant rail strikes taking place this week has not stopped the revellers from starting their five-day festival weekend with a cheer
Hundred’s of festivalgoers line the streets in Manchester on Thursday amid ongoing rail strikes
Deputy Chief Forecaster Daniel Rudman added: ‘From Friday onward the weather will become more unsettled. There is a risk of heavy showers and thunderstorms in the Glastonbury area on both Friday and Saturday, although these should be quick moving, some surface water might accumulate at times from the heaviest showers. Temperatures will start to dip as we go through the end of the week returning to near normal for the time of year, with highs likely around 18-20C.
‘Sunday is expected to be mostly dry and bright at first but with showers once again developing through the morning, some of which could be heavy, and possibly thundery. The unsettled pattern is expected to continue to dominate into the start of next week.’
The founder of the Somerset festival Michael Eavis was pictured officially opening the gate to Glastonbury this morning marking the official start of the four-day music spectacular.
The festival is returning for its 50th anniversary after a three-year hiatus due to Covid-19.
Eavis and his daughter Emily were stood at one of the festival’s many entry points and clapped as the first attendees entered the site.
Eavis, 86, told those entering the gates: ‘This is going to be the best show in town.
‘Wait and see. You better believe it.’
Just 60 per cent of trains will run across Wednesday, with walkouts planned for Thursday and Saturday.
This year’s much-anticipated festival, running from Wednesday to Sunday, will host huge stars from Diana Ross and Sir Paul McCartney, to Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar and Olivia Rodrigo.