First Glastonbury 2024 (long-range) weather forecast

First Glastonbury 2024 (long-range) weather forecast

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

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Glastonbury Festival weather
Glastonbury Festival weather • Credit: Steve Garrington

Glastonbury Festival is fast approaching and preparation is paramount for those lucky enough to bag the golden ticket 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 less than two weeks until gates open on the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world – starting off with Met Office while moving on to much-loved Glasto weather reporter Gavin Partridge, and finalising this report with Accuweather – we take an initial sneak peek at the first long-range weather forecast for this year’s Festival.

A word of warning though; as you know, a weather forecast two weeks ahead of any event is too uncertain for planning and could change dramatically with every passing day.

For example, for those of you who remember, 2019 looked pretty unpredictable until about a week before 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.

Met Office Glastonbury Festival Historical Weather Records
Met Office Glastonbury Festival Historical Weather Records

With Glastonbury 2024 set to kick off on Wednesday, the 26th of June, and end on Sunday, the 30th – the Met Office’s long-range weather forecast currently predicts “warmer than average conditions are more likely than cooler than average” from mid-week (Wednesday 19 Jun – Friday 28 Jun), with “rainfall looking quite variable with an increased chance of drier conditions, at least in the south”.

However, at the end of June and early July (Saturday 29 Jun – Saturday 13 Jul), “All areas can expect to see some spells of drier, sunnier weather”, with “showers or longer spells of rain at times”, and “temperatures most likely being close to or slightly above climatological average”.

A moment of Glastonbury tranquillity as the sun sets over a steaming mass of tents
A moment of Glastonbury tranquillity as the sun sets over a steaming mass of tents · Credit: Richard Majlinder

Moving along, Glasto weatherman Gavin Partridge has just dropped his first weather update for Glastonbury 2024 via his YouTube channel this evening (Friday, 14th June).

Utilising the Global Forecast System (GFS), Partridge tries to “look for trends” in the process of predicting the Glasto weather — while emphasising that at this period of time, we are currently in what is called “the unreliable time-frame” and can expect “chopping and changing”.

Taking it from the top while looking at the weather for Wednesday (26th June) – which is the official first day of the Festival and when the opening ceremony takes place at the Stone Circle – Partridge says high-pressure is “dominating the weather”, including “bags of sunshine” and high temperatures into the mid to upper twenties.

Thursday (27th June), is once again said to be “another dry day with loads of sunshine”, with temperatures predicted to hit around 30 degrees Celsius.

Looking at the first day of main stage music on the Friday of the Festival (28th June), Partridge mentions that the “high pressure is beginning to weaken a little bit”, while “upper-air temperatures are still looking very warm” — with highs into the mid to upper twenty Celsius.

As for Saturday the 29th of June, Partridge mentions “a lot of dry weather”, with temperatures still looking “very warm, if not quite hot” — into the mid to upper twenty Celsius, yet again.

As for Sunday the 30th of June, the current GFS shows “a lot of dry weather and sunshine” with temperatures staying stable in the mid to upper twenty Celsius — Partridge does, however, then caveat this by saying that it is unlikely to verify at this stage in time and would be surprised if this prediction stays the same for the next weather update in the coming days.

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Looking at Accuweather’s monthly forecast — the day gates are set to open for the Festival on Wednesday (26th June) is currently predicted to include “intervals of clouds and sunshine”, with temperatures expected to peak at 22°C.

Thursday (27th June) is predicted for “sunshine and patchy clouds”, while Friday (28th June) is also currently looking to have “periods of clouds and sun”, while maintaining highs of 22°C — However, the Saturday of the Festival (29th June) is said to be “cloudy” with a precipitation probability of 25%.

And finally, Sunday (30th June) – which is the last day of music that closes out the Festival – currently shows a sunshine return, with temperatures as high as 20°C by day, and as low as 11°C at night.

 

Accuweather’s monthly forecast for June 2024 (long-range)
Accuweather’s monthly forecast for June 2024 (long-range)

Other Glasto News

Following the full line-up announcement including stage splits and times, the Glastonbury officials released the Glastonbury 2024 app by Vodafone — “Packed with exciting, game-changing features” — including Spotify integration, line-up curation and sharing, Map navigation, and more.

The full plans for the BBC Glastonbury 2024 coverage were also published and feature the “longest celebration of the festival yet” — including over 90 hours of live performances and a new channel titled ‘Glastonbury II’.

The Glastonbury Festival site overlooking The Park area and Ribbon Tower.
Glastonbury site overlooking The Park’s Ribbon Tower (2015) · Credit: Rachel D

Meanwhile, the first public version of the Glastonbury 2024 map was revealed on the 24th of May, ahead of this year’s highly anticipated festival, detailing some updates and changes to this year’s iteration.

The Festival also announced that the iconic Carhenge installation which returned to the Festival last year (36 years after Joe Rush first built the original sculpture at the event in 1987), will return once again to Worthy Farm this summer

Elsewhere, Block9 revealed its exciting programme for Glastonbury 2024 last month (24th May), with a roaring roster of acts and the return (after a five-year hiatus) of brutalist giant and outdoor dance arena, Genosys — alongside legendary venues NYC Downlow, Meat Rack, and IICON.

Block9's Genosys at Glastonbury 2014
Block9’s Genosys (2014) · Credit: Peter Podrowski

Arcadia also unveiled their 2024 line-up last month (22nd May), featuring a giant Dragonfly that will replace the Festival’s legendary Spider for this year’s edition.

The cinema tent, also known as Pilton Palais, then revealed its film and Q&A line-up for 2024 on the 20th of May, before Unfairground did so on the 17th of May, which followed Strummerville‘s reveal on the 16th of May.

The Free University of Glastonbury also dropped their programme on the 16th of May, saying: “It’s here! A selection of brilliant minds spewing words of wisdom and sultry sounds, to feed those hungry (and likely hungover) brains throughout the festival weekend… What a weekend it’s set to be.”

Before that, The Park area announced their line-up on the 15th of May at 12 noon, while confirming two new venues for this summer’s event; The Wishing Well and Scissors — which will replace the legendary Rabbit Hole, after 17 years of activity on site.

The Poetry & Words team also released their line-up poster for 2024 via their official Facebook page on the 14th of May – along with revealing some exciting plans for a new Spoken Word Theatre, which you can read all about here.

Other poster bills already released include Glasto Latino (13th May), Croissant Neuf (8th May), Theatre & Circus (6th May), KIdzfield (4th May), The Common (3rd May), Left Field (1st May), Woodsies (30th April), Silver Hayes (29th April), West Holts (26th April), The Glade (22nd April), Shangri-La (19th April), Field of Avalon (16th April) and Acoustic Stage – which was the first area to kick off the string of area announcements on the 12th of April.

Glastonbury 2024 lineup poster, designed by Stanley Donwood.
Glastonbury 2024 lineup poster · design: Stanley Donwood

Site Updates & Changes

Some other exciting updates and changes for Glastonbury 2024 include the introduction of a brand-new stage in the Shangri-La area, called Arrivals, which will be dedicated entirely to South Asian talent — as well as a renamed Peace stage (formerly Truth).

Silver Hayes will introduce a reimagined version of the former WOW stage in the form of a new indoor space called Assembly — in addition to a new wellness area called Room that will feature sound baths, meditation, yoga and more.

Other changes for 2024 include the new Tree Stage in the Woodsies area which is being described as: “A new outdoor venue, set beneath an oak tree décor canopy, zeroing into the immersive, ambient and experimental” — while The Park area has announced the departure of its legendary Rabbit Hole, which will make way for two brand-new venues; The Wishing Well and Scissors.

The Park Stage (2019) · Credit: allerorts.de

Glastonbury Camping Guide

When camping at Glastonbury Festival, remember; Each campsite has its pluses and minuses and every person has their varied wants and needs — it’s not a “one size fits all” scenario.

Your Glastonbury ticket price includes access to all the camping fields, which means you can choose to pitch your tent anywhere within the designated camping zones that reside throughout the Festival fields — spanning from right next to the Pyramid Stage, to more tranquil areas on the outskirts of the Festival.

Click here to view our comprehensive guide to choosing the best place for you to camp at Glastonbury Festival.

Some camping fields have a direct view of the Pyramid Stage like Big Ground, Row Mead or Kidney Mead
Some camping fields have a direct view of the Pyramid Stage like Big Ground or Kidney Mead · Credit: Collette Warren

Glastonbury Food Stalls

Glastonbury is well known for being the best music and arts festival in the world, but some would say it should also be considered one of the best food festivals around.

With almost 800 vendors and traders in total, of which approximately 400 are solely food-based, the Markets have become a major attraction in their own right, as the Festival now offers some of the tastiest eats on the planet and is without a doubt a foodie’s heaven.

Click here to view our daily updated list of food stalls that have been confirmed for Glastonbury 2024, so far.

Glastonbury vendors and traders.
Glastonbury vendors and traders.
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