UK weekend weather forecast: Glastonbury revellers swamp skimpy outfits for rain coats

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Revellers at Glastonbury have endured a wet start to the music festival as they donned raincoats and macs and put up umbrellas in the rain today – one day after dancing around in skimpy outfits in the hot sunshine.

Showers hit the festival in Somerset this morning, with more downpours on the way this afternoon before easing off into the evening – before a risk of heavy rain tomorrow and further showers on Sunday afternoon.

Some showers could also impact the British Summertime festivals at Hyde Park in London featuring Elton John today, the Rolling Stones tomorrow and the Eagles on Sunday – although the Met Office said these will be ‘light’.

Temperatures are expected to remain warm in most areas, sitting in the low 20Cs (low-70Fs) through the weekend for the whole of the UK – but a weather warning is in place for thunderstorms for the North East this afternoon.

Senior Met Office meteorologist Rachel Ayers said that today will bring showers across North and North East England and South East Scotland, some of which could be heavy with a chance of local thunderstorms.

Festival goers in the rain during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset this morning

Festival goers in the rain during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset this morning

The crowd watch the Libertines on the Other Stage during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset today

The crowd watch the Libertines on the Other Stage during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset today

Festival goers make their way around the Glastonbury Festival site in Worthy Farm, Somerset, in the rain this morning

Festival goers make their way around the Glastonbury Festival site in Worthy Farm, Somerset, in the rain this morning

Revellers cheer as The Libertines perform on the Other Stage at Worthy Farm during the Glastonbury Festival today

Revellers cheer as The Libertines perform on the Other Stage at Worthy Farm during the Glastonbury Festival today

Festival goers in the rain during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset this morning

Festival goers in the rain during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset this morning 

Festival goers make their way around the Glastonbury Festival site in Worthy Farm, Somerset, in the rain this morning

Festival goers make their way around the Glastonbury Festival site in Worthy Farm, Somerset, in the rain this morning 

Festival goers in the rain during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset this morning

Festival goers in the rain during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset this morning 

Festival goers walk through the site at the Glastonbury Festival in Worthy Farm in Somerset in the rain today

Festival goers walk through the site at the Glastonbury Festival in Worthy Farm in Somerset in the rain today

Revellers cheer as The Libertines perform on the Other Stage at Worthy Farm during the Glastonbury Festival today

Revellers cheer as The Libertines perform on the Other Stage at Worthy Farm during the Glastonbury Festival today

Festival goers make their way around the Glastonbury Festival site in Worthy Farm, Somerset, in the rain this morning

Festival goers make their way around the Glastonbury Festival site in Worthy Farm, Somerset, in the rain this morning 

Festival goers in the rain during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset this morning

Festival goers in the rain during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset this morning 

A festival goer enjoys the music during day three of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset today

A festival goer enjoys the music during day three of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset today

The Other Stage at Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, opens with a message from Ukraine today

The Other Stage at Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, opens with a message from Ukraine today

Musician Pete Doherty signs a fan's arm at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival today

Musician Pete Doherty signs a fan’s arm at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival today

There will also be some moderate showers across central and southern parts of England into this afternoon with some sunny spells, especially across Scotland and eastern England.

Ms Ayres said: ‘A band of rain will push across Northern Ireland, Wales and southwest England through the afternoon, reaching Glastonbury mid to late afternoon, bringing cooler and breezier conditions.

11 arrests at Glasto so far 

Avon and Somerset Police said it had recorded 11 offences as of 11am today since the gates of Glastonbury opened on Wednesday morning.

A spokesman said this was approximately 85 per cent down on 2019, the last time the festival took place, and suggested the event going largely cashless was a factor in the fall.

Those offences included four incidents of theft, four drug-related offences, one incident of common assault, one incident of criminal damage and one incident of public disorder. 

One of the drug-related offences resulted in an arrest.

‘Showers will ease into Friday night and the band of rain will continue north-eastwards bringing some heavy bursts of rain at times.’

Tomorrow, the band of rain will weaken but showers will break out to the West and South West.

Ms Ayres said some ‘could be locally heavy with a risk of local thunderstorms, especially in the south west, therefore risk of some heavy showers for Glastonbury.’

Northern Ireland and parts of western Scotland could see some longer spells of rain, with heavy bursts, while the north and west could experience strong winds with a risk of coastal gales.

For Sunday, Ms Ayres said: ‘Cloudy with outbreaks of rain in the northwest, this becoming more showery later on. Elsewhere a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers, some showers for Glastonbury into the afternoon, these heaviest in the south west.’

Strong winds continue in the north and west with a risk of coastal gales, mainly Northern Ireland, Wales and western Scotland, while it will be breezy elsewhere.

It comes as Billie Eilish will make history when she takes to the Pyramid Stage tonight as Glastonbury Festival’s youngest ever solo headliner.

The weather is set to be dry during her performance, despite the high chance of showers throughout the afternoon.

Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: ‘It’s going to be a fairly cloudy start to the morning. There is going to be a few showers around but on the light side generally, so a bit of a cloudy, damp start to the day but quite a warm start with temperatures around 16C (61F).

YESTERDAY - Festival goers enjoy the Notting Hill Carnival parade during day two of Glastonbury in the sunshine yesterday

YESTERDAY – Festival goers enjoy the Notting Hill Carnival parade during day two of Glastonbury in the sunshine yesterday

YESTERDAY - Performers from the Notting Hill Carnival parade through the site during day two of Glastonbury yesterday

YESTERDAY – Performers from the Notting Hill Carnival parade through the site during day two of Glastonbury yesterday

YESTERDAY - Festival goers during day two of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset yesterday

YESTERDAY – Festival goers during day two of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset yesterday

‘It does look like it will get drier and brighter as the morning goes on.

‘There will be a few glimmers of sunshine by the early afternoon but then it looks like into the early evening there is a band of rain that is coming from the west so around 4pm there will be some showery rain that will push eastwards across Glastonbury – but it should clear around about 7pm.

‘The rest of the evening should be dry. If we get any sunshine it will be around 19C (66F) but compared to yesterday’s 24C (75F) it will be a cooler day.’

Grammy-winning singer Eilish, 20, will perform alongside her brother and co-writer, Finneas O’Connell.

The US pop star made her Glastonbury debut in 2019 when she performed on the Other Stage and treated crowds to a string of tracks such as Bad Guy and You Should See Me In A Crown.

In the weeks leading up to Glastonbury, Eilish has played a string of UK and European tour dates and also hosted a climate event, Overheated, at London’s O2 Arena.

She also topped the bill at Coachella in the US in April, bringing out guests Khalid and Damon Albarn for a set that thrilled fans and reviewers.

Eilish’s mother, Maggie Baird, said her daughter’s history-making set at Glastonbury is ‘definitely amazing but very hard to process at the same time’.

Baird, an actor, screenwriter and former theatre troupe teacher, told The Guardian: ‘It’s a very pinch-me moment. People always ask ‘How do you feel on this momentous day?’ But, as a parent, everything your kid does from the beginning is kind of amazing.

‘I was blown away when she was playing the little club in our tiny area of Highland Park (in Los Angeles). It just stays mind-blowing.’

On the day Eilish headlines Glastonbury, Sir Paul McCartney will be warming up for his headline slot tomorrow by performing at a Somerset music venue.

The surprise gig at the Cheese & Grain entertainment venue in Frome was announced yesterday, with ‘first come, first served’ tickets selling out in under an hour.

Sir Paul will also make history as Glastonbury Festival’s oldest ever solo headliner when he takes to the stage tomorrow.

The festival will see the former Beatle return to top the Pyramid stage bill for the second time after a performance in 2004.

It marks exactly a week after celebrating his 80th birthday and 60 years of music-making.

The music offering this year will also feature Kendrick Lamar headlining on Sunday, with Diana Ross filling the Sunday Teatime Legends slot.

Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis said on Friday morning that the festival site is ‘looking amazing’ and ‘so beautiful’.

She told BBC Radio 1: ‘The festival is basically happening now; everybody (has) arrived. There’s 100,000 people here and it’s just absolutely gorgeous. Seeing the valley full of tents and flags and people, it’s exactly how it should be. It’s a really good vibe down here.’

Ms Eavis was speaking as day three of the musical festival dawned on Worthy Farm, where Eilish will make history.

Apart from Eilish, the line-up for the Pyramid Stage on Friday includes Sam Fender, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Crowded House, Rufus Wainwright and Wolf Alice – whose appearance hangs in the balance.

In the early hours of yesterday, the band tweeted to say they were stuck in Los Angeles because their flight had been cancelled.

In the evening they told fans they were waiting for a ‘flight to Seattle’ where they could then go directly to London.

Then this morning, Wolf Alice posted a video on their Instagram story which showed them on a plane, tagging Heathrow Airport, less than seven hours before their Glastonbury performance.

Ziggy Marley is Friday’s first performer of the day, on the Pyramid stage, starting at 12.15pm.

Other acts performing today include the Sugababes on the Avalon Stage, and Foals and St Vincent on the Other Stage, which also features performances today from Kae Tempest and The Libertines.

Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra will also mark their first performance in the UK since their win, with a performance of Shangri-La’s Truth Stage on today’s bill.

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