Glastonbury visitors may need to take shelter from thunderstorms

A Met Office meteorologist warned that Glastonbury festival goers “might have to take shelter if they can” as thunderstorms sweep across much of southern England.

The Unters will trade sunscreen for umbrellas at Worthy Farm as the weather promises to turn from “wall-to-wall sun” and high temperatures on Thursday morning to “heavy downpours with thunderstorms” in the afternoon.

The Met Office has issued a yellow thunderstorm warning stretching from Sheffield in the north, across the southeast to Bath in the southwest, meaning Glastonbury revelers could be caught in heavy rains in Somerset.

Meteorologist Sarah Kent of the Met Office told the Pennsylvania News Agency, “They’re going to have a really warm night, which of course is good news for people camping and a great start to the day, pretty much by the wall.” sun on the wall.

“However, the heat will gradually build up during the morning, and it is this heat that may be part of the problem with the weather in the afternoon, because we are seeing scattered rain coming from the south.

“These showers will be locally heavy and may be thunderstorms, which is why we have a thunderstorm warning from 10:00 am to 11:59 pm.”

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

She added: “We know that they will happen, but that they will happen at exactly one specific point is extremely difficult to know even this far ahead, so this is a risk.

“If you did have a downpour tomorrow, it will probably be heavy and due to the gusty wind that may be associated with it, as well as the threat of some lightning – so this is just to get the attention of the festival goers.

“They may have to take cover if they can if one of these thunderstorms does break out during the day.


Festival goers arrive at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival (Yui Mok/PA)

“The warning zone includes the risk of these storms occurring anywhere in the area so they are not expected to reach Glastonbury until noon, but the caveat is that it’s hard to get an accurate distribution of showers, it’s just the nature of the showers, far ahead, but we will post updates as they are developed.”

Festival-goers have already been warned to pack just in case and take their wellington boots to Glastonbury, where light showers are predicted on Friday and Saturday, with more rain on Sunday.

Weather warnings come as latecomers grapple with new travel disruptions as another rail strike takes place on Thursday, likely exacerbating the traffic problems revelers face due to poor driving conditions and flooding on the roads .


Passengers at Waterloo Station as train service continues to be interrupted after a nationwide strike (James Manning/PA)

Fewer than one in five trains ran on Tuesday after Union Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) members Network Rail (NR) and 13 train operators staged the first of three strikes, with strikes to follow on Thursday and Saturday.

Glastonbury isn’t the only music event set to be derailed by strikes this week: The Rolling Stones are playing the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park on Saturday, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are due to take to the London Stadium stage on Saturday. Sunday.

Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney will be the oldest solo headliner when he performs at Glastonbury on Saturday, a week after his 80th birthday, and will also host the youngest solo headliner this year in 20-year-old Billy. Eilish Friday night.

Last minute lineup changes include rocker Terry Reed dropping out of his Sunday afternoon slot at the Acoustic Stage. He will be replaced by Glenn Tilbrook, lead singer and guitarist of Squeeze.