Glastonbury 2014 weather: Rain set for festival goers just as gates open

Weather forecasters are predicting sun in the run-up to Glastonbury — and then rain soon after gates open

It might be best to pack both wellies and flip-flops for Glastonbury, because it's likely to rain every day of this year's festival, though will probably stay reasonably warm throughout the weekend, according to forecasters.

The festival site is likely to be dry as punters arrive at Glastonbury on Wednesday and Thursday — but that is likely to be the last glimpse of summer sun as rain pours over the rest of the festival weekend.

Temperatures will probably linger between 12 and 20 degrees celsius, and brief showers are also likely.

Wednesday will see glorious sunshine, but that will give way to showers over Thursday and the possibility of full downpours over the rest of the weekend. Saturday and Sunday are set to be drier than Thursday evening and Friday, but rain is still possible.

That may keep some of the mud away, as it is often rainfall leading up to the festival that leads to tricky conditions.

Forecasters and festival-goers had hoped for a dry weekend heading into Glastonbury — and Wimbledon, which also begins this week — but weather forecasts are featuring more and more rain.

Eight festivals in Glastonbury's history have had no rain, and 2010 was one of the sunniest years. The hottest year was 1984, according to the Met Office, which was followed by the windiest ever year in 1985.

Metallica, Arcade Fire and Kasabian are headlining this year's festival.

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