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Glastonbury 2024 weather updates: Met Office forecast for next week’s festival

Glastonbury 2024 weather updates: Met Office forecast for next week’s festival

The Met Office has told Glastonbury 2024 festival-goers to pack both flip-flops and sunscreen for this year’s event as it forecasts “lots of sunshine” but also the chance of thunderstorms as revelers flock to Worthy Farm in Somerset.

Festival goers have been blessed with remarkably sunny weekends in Somerset for the past two years.

Previous years have not been so lucky, with the 2016 edition experiencing flash floods in the area a week before the festival, creating a particularly muddy landscape for fans to navigate through.

Dan Rudman, Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “After a short and less settled interlude today and tomorrow, good conditions will return by Sunday and early next week. For much of the UK this will be accompanied by a rise in temperatures, with many places reaching the mid 20s.

“Some central and southern areas are likely to see temperatures approaching the values ​​required for heatwave conditions. Heatwave conditions are set to remain in place for three consecutive days, with parts of the UK likely to reach heatwave thresholds by early to mid-next week.

“However, whether or not everyone experiences the brink of heatwave, most of the UK will experience the hottest temperatures this year.”

Festival goers take shelter from the sun on day four of Glastonbury Festival
Festival goers take shelter from the sun on day four of Glastonbury Festival (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

The Met Office said that while temperatures could peak on Wednesday, things could become unsettled and lead to some heavy showers or thunderstorms in places, “with the most persistent rain likely in the west or south-west”. .

“Confidence in the forecast drops significantly from Wednesday onwards, with uncertainty over both how long the heat will last and how it will break, which we will keep an eye on over the coming days. However, by next weekend cooler and changeable conditions are becoming more likely,” Rudman said.

The Independent will provide regular updates on the weather forecast and all things Glastonbury in the lead up to the festival. You can see all the recently announced set times for each stage here.

This year’s festival is headlined by Dua Lipa, Coldplay and SZA, with country-pop star Shania Twain taking the coveted Sunday Legends slot.

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The Met Office has warned of possible thunderstorms to hit Worthy Farm on Thursday with showers over the weekend
The Met Office has warned of possible thunderstorms to hit Worthy Farm on Thursday with showers over the weekend (Getty Images)

Other artists on the lineup include Avril Lavigne, Cyndi Lauper, Little Simz, Seventeen, Idles, The Last Dinner Party, Camila Cabello, Burna Boy, London Grammar, PJ Harvey, Janelle Monae, Fat White Family, Sugababes, Fatboy Slim, Michael Kiwanuka, Bloc Party, Two Door Cinema Club, Jessie Ware and Paloma Faith.

There are also a few ‘TBC’ slots reserved over the weekend, marking the secret sets that will be revealed as the festival gets underway.