Glastonbury fans urged to protect where they can after the storm warning

Festival goers brave the mud and rain on day three of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts at Worthy Farm near the village of Pilton in Somerset, southwest England on June 24, 2016. / AFP / Andy Buchanan (Photo credit should read ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via (Getty Images)

Showers could hit Worthy Farm this afternoon – forecasters have warned (Image: AFP)

Glastonbury Festival-goers “may need to take shelter if they can” as thunderstorms are set to sweep across England today.

Music fans will swap sunscreen for umbrellas at Worthy Farm as the weather turns from wall-to-wall sun to torrential rain.

The Met Office has issued a yellow thunderstorm warning stretching from Sheffield in the north across the south east to Bath in the south west.

There is a risk of torrential downpours and flooding in some parts of the country.

The yellow thunderstorm warning applies today from 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Glastonbury revelers could be caught in torrential downpours in Somerset, meteorologists warn.

Met Office meteorologist Sarah Kent said the nature of thunderstorms means they will be hit and miss.

She said: “We know they’re going to happen, but whether they happen exactly at a certain point is extremely difficult to get right even this far in advance, so it’s a risk.

The Glastonbury Festival 2011 - Day Two

Rain and thunder could threaten today’s events at Glastonbury (Image: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

“If you’ve gotten a downpour tomorrow it’s likely to be heavy and from blustery winds which may also come with a risk of lightning – so just to draw festival-goers’ attention.

“They may need to take cover if they can if one of those afternoon thunderstorms breaks through.”

She added: “The warning area encapsulates the risk of these storms hitting somewhere in that area so Glastonbury is not expected to be reached until mid-afternoon, but the caveat is that pinpointing the precise distribution of showers is difficult only the nature of showers so far ahead, but we will post updates as they develop.

Festival-goers have already been warned to pack for eventualities – and take their wellies – in Glastonbury, with light showers forecast on Friday and Saturday, followed by heavier rain on Sunday.

The weather warnings come as latecomers grapple with further travel disruptions as another rail strike takes place today, compounding revelers’ transport problems with poor driving conditions and flooding on the roads.

Strikes have wiped out more than half of Somerset-bound trains.

Tens of thousands of revelers were forced to find alternative routes to the festival, such as by bus.

Fewer than one in five trains ran on Tuesday after members of Network Rail (NR)’s Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) and 13 train operators staged the first of three strikes, which were to be followed by strikes on Thursday and Saturday.


Festival-goers descend on Glastonbury Music Festival yesterday (Image: AFP)

Festival goers arrive at Worthy Farm for the start of Glastonbury Festival 2022. Glastonbury, Somerset. June 22, 2022.

Huge crowds had gathered by 6am to gain entry and pitch their tents (Image: Tom Wren/SWNS)

Glastonbury isn’t the only music venue disrupted by the strikes this week. The Rolling Stones perform at the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park on Saturday and the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform on stage at the London Stadium on Sunday.

Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney will become the oldest-ever solo headliner when he performs in Glastonbury on Saturday, a week after his 80th birthday, while this year also hosts his youngest-ever solo headliner in the form of the 20- year-old Billie will be Eilish on Friday night.

Last minute line-up changes include rocker Terry Reid canceling his Sunday afternoon slot on the Acoustic Stage.

He is replaced by Glenn Tilbrook, lead singer and guitarist for Squeeze.

Festival-goers flocked to the festival yesterday.

Pictures showed thousands lining up after waiting three years for the 50th anniversary amid the pandemic.

Some started queuing at 6am – with a massive cheer when the gates were opened two hours later by founder Michael Eavis, 86.

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Justin Scacco

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