Weather for Glastonbury Festival: Met Office long range forecast calls for rain


The Somerset Festival is back later this month for the first time since 2019 (Image: Matt Cardy)

After three years of waiting, the Glastonbury Festival will return later this month.

The legendary Somerset concert will take place from 22-26 June following an absence forced by Covid-19.

More than 200,000 people are expected at Worthy Farm for four days of music, art and partying.

With just two weekends to go, the most important question every festival-goer asks for an answer again: should you pack your rubber boots?

Weather conditions for Glasto are notoriously hit and miss, with the festival appearing to be bathed in bright sunshine just as likely as torrential rain turning it into a swamp.

Although June is the start of real summer, on average it is a much wetter month than March, April or May.

The Met Office warns it’s far too early to predict the weather with any confidence two weeks in advance – but the omens are not looking good.

GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Festival goers arrive with air beds at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 22, 2016 in Glastonbury, England. Now in its 46th year, the festival is one of the biggest music festivals in the world and this year features headliners Muse, Adele and Coldplay. The festival, which Michael Eavis started in 1970 when hundreds of hippies paid as little as $1, now attracts more than 175,000 people. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

People who bought tickets nearly three years ago are praying for sunshine (Picture: Getty)

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According to its long-term forecast for June 9-22, we should see “fair and dry weather across the southern and south-west parts of the UK” from the middle of next week.

But computer models suggest there could be a turnaround beyond that, with the Met warning: “Weather likely to become more unsettled towards the end of the period.”

It said there were early signs that we could be headed for “above average rainfall” towards the end of June, although the signal is “weak” for now.

According to the BBC’s long-term forecast, early forecasts point to “close to season temperatures and rainfall with no sign of significant summer heat”.

Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish and Kendrick Lamar will headline the festival.

The festival is expected to be impacted by planned rail strikes on June 21st, 23rd and 25th.

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Justin Scacco

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