Tens of 1000’s of festival-goers will head to Somerset for Glastonbury 2022 this week. The much-anticipated pageant returns on Wednesday for the primary time in three years after the pandemic compelled organisers to cancel twice.
Sir Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish and rapper Kendrick Lamar will headline the Pyramid stage, whereas Diana Ross will fill the Sunday teatime legends slot. A whole lot of different artists, together with US pop star Olivia Rodrigo, Lorde and Noel Gallagher’s Excessive Flying Birds, are set to carry out throughout dozens of levels over the weekend.
Glastonbury attendees are being advised to pack “sunhats and raincoats” this 12 months with some excessive temperatures predicted in addition to some showers. Met Workplace Deputy Meteorologist Helen Caughey mentioned: “There might be loads of sunshine on Wednesday throughout the South West, though there could possibly be a bit extra cloud later within the day, and temperatures will attain 26C or 27C. The dry, sunny and heat theme will proceed by way of Thursday.”
Nevertheless, from Friday onwards the climate will change into “extra unsettled”. Ms Caughey mentioned: “There’s a threat of heavy showers and thunderstorms within the Glastonbury space on each Friday and Saturday, though these must be fast transferring, some floor water may accumulate at occasions. Temperatures will begin to dip as we undergo the tip of the week returning to close regular for the time of 12 months, with highs possible round 18-20C.
“Sunday is anticipated to be principally dry and brilliant at first however with showers as soon as once more creating by way of the morning, a few of which could possibly be heavy, and presumably thundery. The unsettled sample is anticipated to proceed to dominate into the beginning of subsequent week.”
Glastonbury 2007 holds the document for the festivals wettest day. 60.1mm of rain fell in a single day at close by Rodney Stoke. For different unsettled climate, the very best wind gust pace recorded for Glastonbury was 41mph, which has been reached at Yeovilton in 1985 and 1987 throughout the occasion.
Though 1997 was dubbed the ‘12 months of the mud’ on the Glastonbury web site due to a deluge of rain within the days previous the occasion, it truly holds the document for the coldest pageant day with 13.2C as excessive because the temperature reached at Citadel Cary Grove Mead. In 2017, the mercury reached a balmy 31.2C at Rodney Stoke, whereas the warmest evening was recorded in the identical 12 months, with 17.6C on the identical location.
In the meantime, festival-goers are going through difficulties arriving on the website in Pilton amid three days of main rail strikes within the largest outbreak of business motion in a era. Solely a fifth of trains have been operating on Tuesday as round 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Community Rail and 13 practice operators walked out in a bitter dispute over pay, jobs and situations.
In a press release, Glastonbury pageant added that as a result of extra site visitors, festival-goers might arrive on the website from 4pm on Tuesday night whereas “site visitors volumes are low”.