UK weather forecast – Glastonbury to get off to sunny start today as Britain warms up for heatwave this weekend

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GLASTONBURY Festival is set to get off to a sunny start today as Britain enjoys warmer temperatures ahead of the predicted heatwave this weekend.

The Met Office said it would be a dry but cloudy start for many, with the cloud slowly clearing to give warm sunny spells.

Glastonbury Festival is set to get off to a sunny start today
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Temperatures will peak at 25C in Southampton and Exeter, but conditions in Scotland look chillier as the mercury will only go to 15C in Aberdeen.

Worthy Farm in Somerset, where Glastonbury is held, is set to see highs of 22C and sunny spells this afternoon.

The gates to Glastonbury will officially open today, transforming the farm into a city of more than 200,000 people.

Thursday will see the temperature go up a notch to 23C – but it looks as though Friday will be the hottest day with 27C predicted.

But despite the warm weather, festival-goers are still advised to bring their wellies after rain on Monday turned the site into a mudbath.

Craig Snell, a Met Office forecaster, said: “It will be a great start to Glastonbury, with a little breeze to the far South West.

“We are looking temperatures in the high 20s, I imagine down towards the South West temperature will go up to 27C or 28C.

“On Friday temperatures will continue to climb with another sunny day across the board.

“It will be a hot day for Glastonbury.”

The Met Office has also urged those attending to take extra precautions such as sunscreen and to seek shelter from the sunshine due to high UV levels.

In 2017, the Wednesday of Glastonbury Festival was the hottest day in the event’s history, with temperatures hitting 31C and leading to dozen of people being treated by paramedics.

However, only eight years of the festival – including the first Glastonbury in 1970 – have not seen any rain.

The hottest day of the week for the rest of the UK will be Saturday as the mercury will comfortably go above 30C in some places – but it won’t reach the record temperature of 35C.

Mr Snell said: “The heat will move towards the East and by that stage London towards Lincolnshire will reach 31C or 32C.

“Some places may possibly reach 33C, but as of now we are safe from hitting the June record of 35.6C.

“It will still certainly be the hottest spell of weather this year.”

Parts of the Glastonbury Festival grounds are already covered in mud after heavy overnight rain
Parts of the Glastonbury Festival grounds are already covered in mud after heavy overnight rain
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