Rain expected in Glastonbury after people struggled to get there through train strikes

The crowd watches Alabama Shakes perform on the Pyramid Stage as rain hits the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

This is what Glastonbury could look like again this year (Image: Empics Entertainment)

Those with a ticket to Glastonbury this year are already bracing for a nightmare when they get there, as national train strikes happen just when they want to travel.

And now the forecast says it could also rain heavily – although there will be no washout.

The first few days could be fairly sunny but wet weather is expected to set in by Friday, although people have still been advised to pack their sunscreen.

This week, the festival is taking place for the first time in three years and is finally celebrating its 50th anniversary after the pandemic forced organizers to cancel twice.

Meteorologist Aiden McGivern said there will be “hopefully neither a washout nor a heatwave.”

For the first two days of the festival, Wednesday and Thursday, temperatures are expected to rise to the mid 20s Celsius, but there is a chance of rain from Thursday and persistent rain later on Friday and early Saturday morning.

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Mr McGivern said Saturday would be cooler and breezier and the weekend could see some heavy showers but sunny spells in between.

And he said that of course the weather is still subject to change throughout the week – so fingers crossed.

Meanwhile, Greg Dewhurst, Met Office forecaster, said festival weather would be mixed, with a summery start but wellies needed at the end.

“It’s going to be a warm and sunny start to the festival with temperatures around 25 to 26 degrees,” he said.

“There will be high UV levels so people need to stay hydrated and pack plenty of sunscreen.

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

Muddy scenes at the Pilton festival in 2016 (Image: Getty)

“There is a risk of showers with temperatures of 20-21C in the second half of the festival and you will probably need your umbrellas and your wellies.”

Mr Dewhurst suggested night owls “make sure you have everything from warm weather gear to wet weather gear and expect a mix of conditions”.

Festival goers will struggle to arrive at the Pilton, Somerset location as three days of major rail strikes caused travel chaos across the UK.

Rail, Shipping and Transport (RMT) union members at Network Rail and 13 train operators will disembark on June 21, 23 and 25 in the biggest outbreak of such industrial action in a generation.

Those who manage to get there can enjoy watching Sir Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish and rapper Kendrick Lamar perform on the Pyramid stage, while Diana Ross will fill Legends Square for Sunday teatime.

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