“You can leave your wellies behind, but you will need your sunglasses, suncream and plenty of water!”
With just one day until approximately 200,000 excited Glasto-goers start their descent into the hallowed fields of Worthy Farm, all eyes are peeled towards the heavens in hopes for good weather to bless this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
According to Met Office‘s meteorologist Aidan McGivern, this year’s festival “could be the hottest Glastonbury on record” with temperatures expected to reach as high as 32°C on the Friday of the festival.
The hottest #GlastonburyFestival on record?
— Met Office (@metoffice) June 24, 2019
Having said that, some rainfall is predicted during the lead-up to Glastonbury, particularly on the Monday night and Tuesday, which should make way for hotter air ahead of the gates opening at 8am on Wednesday morning.
Hot and humid air is predicted to draw across much of Europe, raising Worthy Farm’s temperatures to an all-time high while breaking the previous record set at 31.2°C – measured at the last edition of Glastonbury in 2017.
Wednesday is predicted to be “increasingly sunny”, enjoying temperatures of around 25°C, with Thursday seeing temperatures reaching 28°C before peaking on Friday.
The weekend itself is said to be cooler, with temperatures dropping to 25°C on Saturday and 20°C on Sunday, as a cold front sweeps the highest temperatures away.
The nights could be uncomfortable and muggy, according to McGivern, with temperatures dropping to 14-16°C at the lowest.
Previous warnings of thunderstorms have been updated today to remove the festival site and the South West from the warning area.
The Met Office expects it will stay dry throughout the festival with Thursday and Friday seeing unbroken sunshine and with temperatures building day by day, advise festival-goers to stay hydrated in the wake of very high UV levels.
Although Glasto-goers won’t be barred from bringing plastic bottles onto the site, Glastonbury is taking an active role this year in encouraging everyone to bring a reusable water bottle with them and refill it at any of the hundreds of free water taps around the site. In addition to tripling the number of WaterAid kiosks where festival-goers will be able to refill their bottle, free drinking water will also be available from all bars across the site.
Last week, leading Met Office climate scientist Professor Richard Betts said: “The world has warmed by more than 0.5°C since the 1st Glastonbury Festival in 1970. Temperatures in Somerset rose by 0.75°C. Atmospheric carbon dioxide rose from 325 ppm in 1970 to over 410 ppm this year.
A climate Q&A will be held at this year’s festival which will be hosted by Professor Betts, who was awarded an MBE earlier this month in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The Q&A will take place in the Green Fields area at 3pm each day.
Anyone at #Glastonbury2019 want to talk to a climate scientist about how we know that humans are heating the Earth, and what this means for the future?
Find me in the Green Fields with fellow @FestivalBugs environmental experts!
Climate Q&A 3pm daily 🌍https://t.co/kGNlXBkLEX
— Richard Betts (@richardabetts) June 18, 2019
The festival – which first started in 1970 – has seen its fair share of washouts and mud-baths, in addition to a few really (unbearable-to-some) scorchers.
Glastonbury 1984 was noted as the hottest day in the Festival’s history, coming in at a wapping 27.5°C – That all changed in 2017 when Glastonbury of that year dethroned 1984 as the hottest ever Glastonbury Festival – According to the BBC, in 2017 the temperature reached 30°C by 14:00 and was expected to rise further during the afternoon, making it the hottest day in the event’s history.
That being said, Glastonbury 1997 was one of the muddiest of all-time, making it known the world over as ‘the year of the mud’.
Glastonbury 2019 runs from Wednesday 26 June until Sunday 30, with headliners including The Cure, Stormzy, The Killers and Liam Gallagher.