‘Damaging’ downpours could hit Glastonbury revelers
Glastonbury is at risk of being hit by ‘damaging’ showers with thunderstorms set to hit southern England on Thursday. The Met Office has issued a yellow thunderstorm warning for today, stretching from Sheffield in the north, across the south-east and to Bath in the south-west.
Thursday is also expected to see more rail strikes, with bad weather likely to add to travel problems. Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: ‘The one thing we need to be aware of is that there is a risk, admittedly small but not remote, of intense thunderstorms. The chances of Glastonbury itself actually being hit by one are very slim, so hopefully they’re okay.
“The warning talks about the risk of 40 to 60 millimeters of rain falling in just a few hours – large hail, frequent lightning, that sort of thing. So it could be quite damaging, but the risk is very low that it actually affects the Glastonbury site.
Today will also see warm temperatures, he said, with highs of 29C to 30C in northern England, before dropping over the weekend. Scotland and Northern Ireland will experience dry weather, with the best towards the east of Scotland.
“Temperatures as we go into the weekend, a little lower still, so probably like 19C-20C, that sort of thing on Saturday and Sunday,” Mr Burkill said. “So a little cooler, a little more comfortable than what we have right now.”
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