Met Office: This could be the hottest Glastonbury on record

 Met Office: This could be the hottest Glastonbury on record

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Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said today “it could be the hottest Glastonbury on record” with temperatures expected to hit 32°C at the festival on Friday.

Hot and humid air drawn north from Europe is predicted to push Pilton’s temperature past the festival’s previous record of 31.2°C – which was set at the last Glastonbury in 2017.

It could be uncomfortable and muggy overnight, with temperatures only dropping to 14-16°C. Aidan said: “You can leave your wellies behind, but you will need your sunglasses, suncream and plenty of water!”

Some rainfall is expected to hit the Glastonbury site on Monday night and Tuesday, though this should make way for hotter air well ahead of the gates opening at 8am Wednesday morning.

Temperatures are expected to hit 25°C on Wednesday and 28°C on Thursday before peaking on Friday. The weekend itself should be cooler, with temperatures dropping to 25°C on Saturday and 20°C on Sunday as a cold front pushes the hot air away.

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The Met Office expects it will stay dry throughout the festival and advises festivalgoers to be aware of very high UV levels and to stay hydrated. Plastic bottles have been banned at this year’s festival, though free refills for reusable bottles are available at WaterAid kiosks and hundreds of taps around the event.

Previous warnings of thunderstorms have today been updated to remove Glastonbury and the South West from the warning area.

Last week, leading Met Office climate scientist Professor Richard Betts said: “The world has warmed by more than 0.5°C since the 1st Glastonbury Festival in 1970. Temperatures in Somerset rose by 0.75°C. Atmospheric carbon dioxide rose from 325 ppm in 1970 to over 410 ppm this year.”

Professor Betts, who was awarded an MBE earlier this month in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, will be hosting a climate Q&A in Glastonbury’s Green Fields area at 3pm each day.

The Met Office provides a forecast for Glastonbury Festival on a dedicated page of their website. They’ll also cover the festival in their video forecasts and on social media.

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