Hottest day of year so far bids fair for Glas­ton­bury

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Bri­tain basked in the hottest day of the year so far yes­ter­day, with tem­per­a­tures set to soar again to­day.

The mer­cury peaked at 31.9C (89.4F) at Hamp­ton wa­ter­works in west Lon­don, as most of Eng­land and Wales en­joyed scorch­ing weather. The tem­per­a­ture topped the 30.2C recorded in Ted­ding­ton on Satur­day, with the hot weather set to con­tinue for the rest of the week.

A Met Of­fice spokes­woman said: “We could see 33C [to­day], which we think would be the peak. There’s a small chance of it be­ing even warmer later in the week, but there’s low con­fi­dence on that.”

Mu­sic fans could see the hottest ever Glas­ton­bury fes­ti­val, with tem­per­a­tures in Som­er­set po­ten­tially 10C higher than usual for the time of year, fore­cast­ers say. The weather is ex­pected to stay dry in the lead-up to the week­end, with a 20% chance of iso­lated show­ers on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.

Hot air from France may blow over on Thurs­day, re­sult­ing in tem­per­a­tures of more than 30C. But Glas­ton­bury’s fa­mous mud could make an ap­pear­ance at the week­end, when the weather is ex­pected to be change­able. The 900-acre site of the fes­ti­val, which is be­ing head­lined by Ra­dio­head, Foo Fight­ers and Ed Sheeran, will host a pop­u­la­tion of 200,000.

“It is mainly go­ing to be dry,” a spokes­woman for the Met Of­fice said. “Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day look dry with good spells of sun­shine.”

She said tem­per­a­tures were ex­pected to fall by the week­end, feel­ing cooler and fresher on Satur­day and Sun­day.

“We could see a mix of sunny spells and show­ers. Bring your pac-a-mac and sun lo­tion,” she said. The fes­ti­val this year runs from this Wed­nes­day to Sun­day.

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