Glastonbury-goers should bring wellies as Met Office warns of ‘heavy and thundery’ showers

Wellies upside down in the mud at Glastonbury 2016
Glastonbury Festival could be hit by rain ... again making it difficult for music lovers - Matt Cardy/Getty

Glastonbury-goers should bring their wellies as the Met Office warns there may be “heavy and thundery” showers during the festival.

Heatwave conditions are expected over the next few days across the UK, with temperatures in the high-20s into the middle of next week, possibly as high as 30C in some places.

But after Wednesday, when the festival officially starts, the Met Office said there was a “strong possibility” of showers in parts of the country.

“Although the set-up for the festival is likely to be in near heatwave conditions, there is a signal for showers, perhaps even heavy and thundery, towards the end of next week,” said Met Office spokesman Graham Madge.

Sir Paul McCartney headlines at Glastonbury in 2022 on the Pyramid Stage
Sir Paul McCartney headlines at Glastonbury in 2022 on the Pyramid Stage - Samir Hussein/WireImage

The showers may not last long though, before a return to warmer temperatures, but the Met Office said that it was too soon to predict what the weather would do over the weekend.

“For those unsure about what to pack it is best to wait until early next week to take account of the latest Met Office forecast,” Mr Madge said.

Festival-goers will be hoping for hot weather at Worthy Farm, like last year
Festival-goers will be hoping for hot weather at Worthy Farm, like last year - Jamie Lorriman

“What we’ve got from now is an area of high pressure, which is beginning to build, raising temperature values, so we’re in for largely a fine weekend,” said Mr Madge. “And by the time we get to the end of the weekend we’ll see temperatures start to climb.”

But he said: “There is uncertainty over exactly how long this period of fine and settled weather will last.

“At the moment, we are forecasting that it will last into at least the middle of next week. So that will be in situ for when Glastonbury starts to open on Wednesday.

“Whether we get those conditions lasting into the festival period itself is subject to quite an element of uncertainty at the moment.”

Even a short deluge on Glastonbury may bring scenes like those seen at last weekend’s Download Festival in Leicestershire, where attendees were left wading through ankle-deep mud.

The warmer weather on the way is a contrast to the first two weeks of June when more than a third of people were forced to switch on their heating due to the cold temperatures, according to a new survey from Opinium.

The survey, commissioned by Direct Line Home Insurance, also found 40 per cent of people put on their winter jumpers over the period, with the worst affected areas in the east and south west of England.