Hottest day of year so far bids fair for Glastonbury
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.