Glastonbury weather forecast and travel: Revellers face rain as trains cancelled


Thousands of Glastonbury Festival goers face travel chaos with more than HALF of trains cancelled over rail strikes… as forecasters predict 24C blast before two days of RAIN

  • More than half of the trains taking people to Glastonbury Festival are cancelled due to the rail workers’ strike 
  • Tens of thousands of revellers will be forced to find alternative ways to travel to the site in Pilton, Somerset
  • Temperatures are set to hit a high of 24 Degrees Celsius (75.2F) on the Festival’s opening day on Wednesday 

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More than half of the trains due to serve the Glastonbury Festival have been cancelled because of rail strikes.

Tens of thousands of revellers will be forced to find alternative routes to the site in Pilton, Somerset.

Great Western Railway (GWR) is operating just five services from London Paddington to Castle Cary on Thursday, with a total of 24 between Wednesday and Friday.

Before the industrial action was announced, 51 trains were expected to run on the route over the three-day period.

GWR told passengers: ‘We plan to maintain timetabled trains between Castle Cary and London Paddington throughout the course of the Glastonbury Festival.

‘Some services might be subject to alterations to train times and we will be in contact with customers who have already booked seats on board those trains.’

It added: ‘Other parts of the GWR network are likely to be more affected by the strike action and customers may need to consider alternative ways to travel to a station serving Castle Cary.’

Rail strikes are being held across Britain on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, but their effects mean services will be disrupted from Monday night until the end of the week.

People gather in front of the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival - which attracts 175,000 people each year

People gather in front of the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival – which attracts 175,000 people each year

Great Western Railway (GWR) is operating just five services from London Paddington to Castle Cary on Thursday, with a total of 24 between Wednesday and Friday

Great Western Railway (GWR) is operating just five services from London Paddington to Castle Cary on Thursday, with a total of 24 between Wednesday and Friday

The Somerset dairy farm plays host to one of the largest music festivals in the world

The Somerset dairy farm plays host to one of the largest music festivals in the world

Luckily for festival goers, the climes are expected to stay relatively warm throughout this week, reaching heights of 24 Degrees Celsius in Glastonbury (75.2F) on Wednesday

Luckily for festival goers, the climes are expected to stay relatively warm throughout this week, reaching heights of 24 Degrees Celsius in Glastonbury (75.2F) on Wednesday

Members of the public are also advised to top up their sun cream as UV rays will be at their peak this week, with the summer solstice due to take place tomorrow on June 21

Members of the public are also advised to top up their sun cream as UV rays will be at their peak this week, with the summer solstice due to take place tomorrow on June 21

Hay Fever sufferers are in for misery as pollen levels are very high across most of England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Hay Fever sufferers are in for misery as pollen levels are very high across most of England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Roads serving the Glastonbury Festival will be exceptionally busy, with motoring groups advising drivers to avoid the region if possible.

The warm summer spell is set to continue over the next few days as revellers get in gear for the start of the Glastonbury Festival on Wednesday.

Britons enjoyed a heatwave last week, with the hottest day of the year on Friday when temperatures spiked to 32 Degrees Celsius (89.6F).

Luckily for festival goers, the climes are expected to stay relatively warm throughout this week, reaching heights of 24 Degrees Celsius in Glastonbury (75.2F) on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Met Office stated today will be ‘fine, dry and bright with plenty of sunshine and light winds for most areas. Warmer than Sunday for most. Cloudier with patchy rain in the far northwest’.

Members of the public are also advised to top up their sun cream as UV rays will be at their peak this week, with the summer solstice due to take place tomorrow on June 21.

Hay Fever sufferers are in for misery as pollen levels are very high across most of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

As for the days of the festival, running from Wednesday to Friday, the Met added: ‘Mainly dry with plenty of sunshine, feeling warm. Scotland and Northern Ireland cloudier at times with light rain/drizzle. More unsettled and cooler from Friday with risk of showers for most.’ 

The warm summer spell is set to continue over the next few days as revellers get in gear the Glastonbury Festival from Wednesday to Friday (Pictured: The Met Office's weather forecast for Glastonbury throughout this week)

The warm summer spell is set to continue over the next few days as revellers get in gear the Glastonbury Festival from Wednesday to Friday (Pictured: The Met Office’s weather forecast for Glastonbury throughout this week)

Sun-worshippers can rely on relatively warm weather throughout this week while partygoers in Glastonbury can expect climes to reach a height of 26 Degrees Celsius (78.8F)

Sun-worshippers can rely on relatively warm weather throughout this week while partygoers in Glastonbury can expect climes to reach a height of 26 Degrees Celsius (78.8F) 

Members of the public are advised to top up their sun cream as UV rays will be at their peak this week, with the summer solstice due to take place tomorrow on June 21

Members of the public are advised to top up their sun cream as UV rays will be at their peak this week, with the summer solstice due to take place tomorrow on June 21

Hay Fever sufferers are also in for misery as pollen levels are very high across most of England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Hay Fever sufferers are also in for misery as pollen levels are very high across most of England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Royal Ascot punters made sure they stayed hydrated by downing drinks at the racecourse on Friday, as people around the country revelled on the hottest night of the year while could, with temperatures forecast to drop today.

As the country recovered from the sweltering heat which drew people in their thousands to the coast, people inland found their own ways of having fun and keeping cool.

Racegoers at Royal Ascot, which loosened its dress code due to the heat, had buckets of fun as they spent the day enjoying the horse racing in the glorious sunshine. 

It all became a bit much for some people, with pictures showing some having to sleep off their exertions with a mid afternoon siesta.

Meanwhile, in Leeds groups of young revellers made the most of the weather and headed for a night out in the city centre dressed in skimpy clothing and downing pints.

It came after millions Britons basked in glorious sunshine as the mercury reached 90F (32.7C) in Santon Downham, in Suffolk, breaking the year-to-date record which was set only yesterday. 

Overnight temperatures reached a muggy 66F (19C) in the South East, a stark contrast to further north where they remained in single digits in some areas. 

However, the balmy weather looks set to come to an end, with forecasters predicting they could drop by as much as 25 degrees today as cooler air sweeps in from the Atlantic.

The BBC is predicting highs of 75F (24C) in London today, while the Met Office says large parts of the country will not see temperatures above 68F (20C).

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