Glastonbury punters ‘might need to take shelter’ in thunderstorms

Meteorologists have warned that Glastonbury festivals “may need to take shelter if they can” as thunderstorms are set to lash southern England.

The weather will change from “wall-to-wall sunshine” and high temperatures on Thursday morning to “heavy thunderstorms” in the afternoon, swapping sun creams for umbrellas at Worth Farms.

The Met Office issued a yellow thunderstorm warning from Sheffield to the north to the southeast and Bath to the southwest, meaning Glastonbury funers may be caught in torrential rain in Somerset.

Meteorologist Sarah Kent from the Met Office told the PA news agency: “They will have really hot nights which is great news for people who are definitely camping there and have a lovely start to the day, pretty much the wall.” – Wall sunlight.

“With this, the heat will gradually build up till morning and it is this heat that could be part of the problem for the afternoon weather as we are seeing scattered showers coming from the south.

“Those rains will be locally heavy and thunderstorms may occur, which is why we have a thunderstorm warning from 10 a.m. to 11.59 p.m.”

The meteorologist said the nature of thunderstorms is that they are “hit and miss”.

She continued: “We know they’re going to happen, but whether they happen at a particular point at all is extremely difficult to fix even that far ahead, so it’s a risk.

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“If you got rain tomorrow it is likely to be heavy and potentially tied to high winds and also some lightning hazard – so that has to be taken into account for festivals.

“They may need to take shelter if they come across a thunderstorm in the afternoon.

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Festival goers arriving at Glastonbury Festival in 2011 (Eui Mok/PA)

“The warning area covers the risk of those storms occurring anywhere within that area, so don’t expect to reach Glastonbury by noon, but the caveat is that it’s difficult to get an accurate distribution of rain, it’s just the nature of the rain.” Much more but we will keep posting updates as they develop.”

Festival-goers have already been warned to pack for all events – and take their wells – in Glastonbury, with light rain predicted on Friday and Saturday, followed by more rain on Sunday.

The weather warning comes as late arrivals battle more travel disruptions with another rail strike scheduled for Thursday, possibly adding to the transportation issues facing poor driving conditions and flooding on roads. have to do.

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Passengers are disrupted as train services at Waterloo station following a nationwide strike (James Manning/PA).

One of the five trains ran on Tuesday after the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) members and 13 train operators on Network Rail (NR) staged the first three walkouts, with strikes on Thursday and Saturday.

Glastonbury isn’t the only concert to be disrupted by a strike this week, with The Rolling Stones performing at the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park on Saturday and the Red Hot Chili Peppers taking to the stage at London Stadium. sunday.

Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney will become the oldest solo headliner ever to perform at Glastonbury on Saturday, a week after his 80th birthday, while also hosting his youngest solo headliner this year as 20-year-old Billy . Friday Night Eilish.

Last minute changes to the line-up include the ouster of rocker Terry Reid from his Sunday afternoon slot on the acoustic stage. He will be replaced by Squeeze’s lead vocalist and guitarist Glenn Tilbrook.