Glastonbury festival-goers told to prepare for showers

Glastonbury festival-goers are advised to expect a rainy weekend – with showers expected on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Met Office predicts the rain will hit the festival mid to late afternoon on Friday before easing off in the evening.

However, despite the respite from the rain overnight, there is a chance of heavy showers on Saturday and a few showers on Sunday afternoon.

Rain is expected to fall on the Glastonbury Festival every day this weekend (PA Yui Mok)

(PA wire)

Some showers could also impact the UK summer in Hyde Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday – although the Met Office said they are ‘light’ and ‘low risk’.

Temperatures are forecast to remain warm, hovering in the low 20s through the weekend for the whole of the UK.

Meanwhile, a yellow weather warning remains in place for thunderstorms for most of England, excluding the South West and North until midnight Thursday.

Met Office senior meteorologist Rachel Ayers said Friday would bring showers to northern and north-east England and south-east Scotland, some of which could be heavy with a risk of thunderstorms local.

There will also be moderate showers in central and southern England in the afternoon with some sunny spells, particularly in Scotland and eastern England.

Ms Ayres said: ‘A band of rain will move across Northern Ireland, Wales and the South West of England in the afternoon, reaching Glastonbury by mid to late afternoon, bringing cooler and windier conditions.

“Showers will ease through Friday evening and the band of rain will continue northeastward bringing heavy gusty rain at times.”

On Saturday, the band of rain will weaken but showers will break out to the west and southwest.

Ms Ayres said some ‘could be locally heavy with a risk of local thunderstorms, particularly in the south west, so risk of heavy showers for Glastonbury’.

Northern Ireland and parts of western Scotland could experience longer spells of rain, with strong gusts, while the north and west could experience high winds with a risk of gales coastal.

For Sunday, Ms Ayres said: “Cloudy with outbreaks of rain in the northwest, it will become more rainy later. Elsewhere a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers, a few showers for Glastonbury in the afternoon, those heaviest in the South West.

Strong winds continue in the north and west with a risk of coastal gales, mainly in Northern Ireland, Wales and western Scotland, while there will be breezes elsewhere .

Jan G. Gilbert