A Met Office meteorologist has said that Glastonbury Festival 2019 is likely to be hot and dry, despite the current wet situation across the UK.
Horrifying images of lakes of mud at Download Festival in Leicestershire this week may have shaken some Glastonbury-goers, who may be fearing the worst.
But there’s no need to panic, according to Martin Bowles, an experienced forecaster at the Met Office, who says that the current outlook is for a fine Glastonbury Festival 2019.
He said: “For the end of June, broadly speaking, it is looking like there will be high pressure in the south east and the south, and low pressure in the north west.
“For the Glastonbury Festival period, it is looking like the high pressure will be dominant.
“This means drier conditions, and temperatures warmer than average for the time of year, which means we could see some hot temperatures.”
How much more rain will we see in the run-up to the festival?
However, with all the rain so far in June, festival-goers will be hoping there won’t be too much more falling onto Worthy Farm before the gates open, or the damage could already be done.
Martin said: “For the south of England this weekend, we are likely to see some rain around and a lot of showers.
“Heading into next week, it is looking largely dry and relatively warm, but there is a risk of some very heavy and thundery showers.
“So, at this present moment, it is looking like it could be slightly damp underfoot heading into the festival week, but the festival itself could be largely warm and dry.”
Martin added that by the weekend before the festival, there should a much clearer picture of the day-to-day forecast for Glastonbury Festival.
He said: “In the weather situation we are currently in, we [The Met Office] should have a much clearer picture, and be pretty confident of the weather at the festival, around five days before, so that would be the weekend before the event.”
Good news for Liam Gallagher
Liam Gallagher will be a fan of this latest Met Office forecast.
He revealed last week that he really does not like mud at Glastonbury Festival.
“I’m well excited to play the Pyramid Stage,” he said on BBC Radio 2.
“It’s a top place, there’s nothing like it, having a festival like that, lots of people, lots of energy.
“As long as it’s not muddy, I can’t be dealing with the mud.”
Liam added: “I know everyone bangs on about the mud like, ‘it’s great’ and all that. No it ain’t.
“There’s nothing great about mud.
“We don’t know if it’s going to be muddy yet, it might be nice.
“But if it’s going to be muddy, I’m cancelling. Someone else can have that slot, I’m not having mud.”
Glastonbury Festival weather facts and figures
- The highest rainfall in a day came in 2007, when 60.1mm was recorded in a 24 hour period.
- The highest ever temperature recorded at Glastonbury Festival was 31.2 degrees on the Wednesday of 2017.
- 2017 also saw the highest ever daily low temperature, as 17.6 degrees was the lowest temperature recorded in a 24 hour period.
- The lowest ever temperature recorded at Glastonbury was 4.2 degrees in 1987, while the strongest gust was recorded at 40mph in 1985.
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