Glastonbury weather washout as Met Office predicts ‘torrential downpours’

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Weather officials have given an ominous update for festival goers at this year's Glastonbury.

The annual music event kicked off yesterday in bright sunshine – much to the delight of revellers.

But the Met Office is warning that the four-day event at Worthy Farm in Shepton Mallet could end with a disastrous downpour.

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Temperatures hit around 27c earlier today (June 23), but seasonal wet weather could see it go as low as 18c by the time the annual festival ends.

Met Office Chief Forecaster Paul Gundersen said: “Our advice would be to have raincoats at the ready for the rest of the festival.

“After a warm and, at times, sunny start to Thursday it will turn cloudier and there will be an increasing risk of thunderstorms through the afternoon and evening bringing a risk of torrential downpours.

“The exact location of the heaviest of these showers is still uncertain, but people can stay up to date with the latest forecast and warnings through our website or app.

“For Friday and the weekend, the weather will become cooler and more unsettled, and the risk of heavy showers and thunderstorms continues in the Glastonbury area, and although these should be quick moving, some surface water might accumulate at times from the heaviest showers.”

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It is unlikely that this year's event will reach the water levels of the 2007 event, which holds the record for the festival’s wettest day.

A whopping 60.1mm of rain fell in a single day at nearby Rodney Stoke, while the highest wind gust speed recorded for Glastonbury was 41mph, which was reached at Yeovilton in 1985 and 1987 during the event.

The 1997 festival – which was headlined by The Prodigy, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Ray Davies and Sting – was dubbed the “year of the mud” on the Glastonbury website thanks to a deluge of rain in the days preceding the event, and it actually holds the record for the coldest festival day with 13.2c.

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