Glastonbury weather to be sunny and rain-free, forecast shows

Highs of 27C suggest the festival’s record temperature is likely to remain unbroken, but sun is set to shine with less than 5% chance of rain

Glastonbury’s gates have opened, welcoming around 200,000 people to the UK’s biggest music festival – who hopefully won’t be facing the infamous waterlogged scenes from previous years.

Temperatures are set to reach a high of 27C on Friday at the Somerset site, cooling a little on Saturday before fresher weather on Sunday, with highs of 19C. The record Glastonbury temperature of 31.2C, set in 2017, looks likely to remain unbroken. But the heatwave that is set to bring temperatures of up to 35C in the south of England – and potentially threatening the UK’s all-time record of 35.6C in Southampton in 1976 – should keep Glastonbury dry, with less than 5% chance of rain forecast for most of the weekend.

Sun up, tent up.
Sun up, tent up. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

Those arriving this morning were doing so under threatening clouds, though these are forecast to clear up later today.

This year’s festival is headlined by Stormzy, the Killers and the Cure, with Kylie, Janet Jackson, Liam Gallagher and Miley Cyrus among the hundreds of artists also appearing.

The 83-year-old farmer and festival organiser, Michael Eavis, welcomed the crowds as the gates were opened. “It’s never been better, it’s never been as good as this one,” he said. “The weather looks good – isn’t that marvellous?”

The festival has announced it will be screening England’s Women’s World Cup quarter-final match against Norway on Thursday, on the West Holts stage from 8pm. Another last-minute change to the schedule is that Snow Patrol were forced to pull out because band members required medical treatment for separate injuries; they have been replaced by the Charlatans.

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