Keeping in mind that weather predictions two weeks ahead of any event are too uncertain for planning and will most likely shift and change countless times
Glastonbury Festival is fast approaching and preparation is at its paramount for those lucky enough to bag the golden-ticket snitch to this year’s event.
Packing for Glastonbury is never an easy task as it is, let alone when you don’t know what the weather might bring – and although looking back at the Festival’s historical weather stats can be a lot of fun, it does not help with predicting the future highs and lows.
With it being exactly two weeks to the day until gates open on the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world, we take an initial sneak peek at the first long-range weather forecast for this year’s Festival.
A word of warning though; a weather forecast two weeks ahead of any event is too uncertain for planning and could change dramatically with every passing day.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that 2019 looked pretty unpredictable until about a week prior to the festival with forecasts predicting “heavy thundery showers”, which by the weekend saw it change to light rain early in the week, then hot & humid later.
This year, Glastonbury kicks off on Wednesday, the 22nd of June, and ends on Sunday, the 26th.
As of the time of writing, the Met Office’s long-range weather forecast reads that from mid-week (13th – 22nd June) “the most likely scenario is for low pressure to shift to the northeast of the UK, with high-pressure building from the west”.
Adding “that this would favour fine and dry weather across southern and southwestern parts of the UK, while the north, and especially northeast, remains cloudier and breezier with showers or longer spells of rain”.
However, at the end of June and early July (23rd June – 7th July), the weather is likely to become more unsettled again, with “lower confidence for this period” and a possibility for “above-average rainfall at first”, to be followed by “closer to normal [rainfall and temperatures] as we head into July”.
Glasto-weather fanatic, Gavin Partridge, has recently tweeted that Glastonbury weekend is now rapidly coming into an extended GFS (Global Forecast System) time frame, while adding that it’s currently “looking cool and showery for the 23rd of June […] but will probably change several times in the next couple of weeks”.
Partridge also confirmed that he will begin Glastonbury 2022 updates at the end of the week.
Looking at Accuweather‘s long-range forecast – the Wednesday of the Festival is currently predicted to be “mostly sunny” with temperatures expected to peak at 18°C.
The Thursday and Friday are down as being “cloudy with a passing shower”, with similar temperatures, while Saturday and Sunday (like Wednesday) are expected to be “mostly sunny”.
In other Glasto-news:
The official Glastonbury Festival app from EE, which according to an official statement by EE was originally due to be released on Monday, the 6th of June, finally went live on Android on the 7th of June – and after a slight lunch delay, saw the iPhone version be released one day later, on the 8th of June.
last month (26th May), Glastonbury revealed a limited edition upcycled vest designed by Stella McCartney, available now from the official website shop with all proceeds going to War Child’s Emergency Fund – helping children in Ukraine and other conflicts.
In 2007, Stella McCartney designed a limited-edition vest which was sold for charity at that year’s Glastonbury Festival.
The design, which features a blue sky, green field and psychedelic rainbow, was inspired by the Seventies airbrushed t-shirts her Mum and Dad used to get made.
The vest has gone on to become a rare collector’s item, but a recent warehouse audit unveiled several boxes of vests which had not been sold.
Staying true to Stella McCartney’s ethos and principles to reduce our impact on the planet the original vests have now been upcycled and repurposed with a new mushroom artwork celebrating fungi as the future of fashion and our planet.
These limited edition vests are on sale now via Glastonbury’s official online shop, with all proceeds going to War Child’s Emergency Fund.
In addition to the full Glastonbury 2022 line-up including the set times breakdown being revealed last month (30th May), posters for dedicated stages and attractions have continued to be shared on social media as well as on the official Glastonbury website.
Last month also saw BBC reveal its coverage plans for this month’s Glastonbury Festival, which will mark the first time the Beeb has broadcast any music event in Ultra High Definition.
Block9 was the seventeenth area to announce its individual line-up poster (on the 27th of May) for this year’s Festival.
Cineramageddon announced its individual line-up poster on the 25th of May, while West Holts revealed its lineup poster on the 24th of May – and Unfairground theirs on the 20th of May, just one day after The Park area which came on the 19th of May.
The Kidzfield revelation came on the 16th of May, just three days after Croissant Neuf‘s on the 13th, and followed announcements from Acoustic Stage and The Glade – on the 12th and the 11th of the month, respectively.
Late-night areas The Common and – Shangri-La also released their line-ups, on the 6th and the 4th of May, respectively. In addition to the Left Field line-up that was revealed on Tuesday morning, the 3rd of May.
Other key stories from last month’s string of announcements included confirmation that Arcadia’s iconic fire-breathing Spider will be returning to the Festival in 2022 – following planning issues with the Pangea crane, which had replaced the Spider in 2019 but will not be featured at this year’s event.
And finally, Field of Avalon was the first area to announce its dedicated line-up poster for 2022 on Tuesday, the 12th of April.
2022 will be the first year to see Glastonbury take place since 2019, after two consecutive cancellations due to the coronavirus crisis – both in 2020 and 2021.
Meanwhile, the first main line-up announcement poster revelation, shown below, dropped in March of this year.
As seen in the poster above, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar will be joining previously announced headliner Billie Eilish to top the bill at this year’s event.
Eilish will be playing the Pyramid Stage on the Friday night – and by doing so make history as the youngest ever solo artist to headline the Festival at only 20-years-old.
Another historic moment will occur when Sir Paul McCartney takes to the Pyramid Stage on the Saturday night – which will subsequently make him the oldest Glastonbury headliner at 80-years-old.
Diana Ross will likewise be performing on the Pyramid Stage for the Sunday Teatime Legends Slot, while Lamar will be headlining the same stage later that evening.
Another exciting announcement of sorts which was revealed earlier this month included the new Glastonbury 2022 map, which featured lots of interesting changes and improvements to the site grounds ahead of the Festival this June.
Speaking of the new map, we also have a newly renovated and updated comprehensive Glasto Camping Guide which you can view here.
Glastonbury 2022 is set to take place at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th June.
Although tickets for the 2022 Festival have now completely sold out, there are still ways to go to Glasto this summer, with one of those ways being entering competitions.
To view our consolidated list of all the currently running competitions for the chance of winning tickets to this year’s Glastonbury Festival, click here.
DON’T BE FOOLED:
Glastonbury Festival would very much like fans to be aware that there are people out there who will try and sell fake Glastonbury tickets to unsuspecting, willing and innocent potential purchasers.
Although Glasto-veterans who have been going to the Festival for quite some time may recognise these scams for what they are, newcomers to the Festival might not know that tickets are only sold on one site which is: glastonbury.seetickets.com – and any other site claiming to sell tickets for the Festival are not authentic.