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Glastonbury hit by THUNDERSTORMS and torrential rain as Met Office warns

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Music fans have braved the national rail strikes that cripple Britain’s transport system, as well as the threat of camping in the torrential rains for the second day of Glastonbury Festival.

Forecasters have issued a yellow warning between 10am and 11:59pm today – with torrential rain, hail and flooding expected across the country.

The mud synonymous with Glastonbury will appear, with thunderstorms and torrential rain forecast from today – meaning festival-goers will have to weather the onset of wet weather before Billie Eilish takes to the Pyramid stage tomorrow.

But it’s not all doom and gloom as there will be sunshine all day and warm temperatures of up to 24C (75F) – so revelers shouldn’t find it too hard to dry off.

Fans were able to make the most of the glorious sunshine this morning as they gathered at Worthy Farm’s Stone Circle, nestled in a valley between two low sandstone ridges.

This year’s Glastonbury festival is its first since summer 2019, and revelers are ready to enjoy the star-studded lineup of music acts over the weekend, including headliners Billie Eilish, Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick llama.

But both extreme weather events and militant train strikes happening this week haven’t stopped revelers from kicking off their five-day festival weekend with cheers.

With Thursday’s rail strikes continuing, the storms are likely to exacerbate transportation problems with poor driving conditions and flooding on the roads, potentially posing a life-threatening situation.

Fans were able to make the most of the glorious sunshine this morning as they gathered at Worthy Farm’s Stone Circle, nestled in a valley between two low sandstone ridges

Forecasters have set a yellow warning between 10am and 11:59pm today - with torrential rains expected across the country.

Forecasters have set a yellow warning between 10am and 11:59pm today – with torrential rains expected across the country.

An aerial view of the Glastonbury Festival site in Somerset this morning where fans have descended for the first time in three years

An aerial view of the Glastonbury Festival site in Somerset this morning where fans have descended for the first time in three years

This year's Glastonbury festival is its first since summer 2019, and revelers are ready to enjoy the star-studded lineup of music acts over the weekend, including headliners Billie Eilish, Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar

This year’s Glastonbury festival is its first since summer 2019, and revelers are ready to enjoy the star-studded lineup of music acts over the weekend, including headliners Billie Eilish, Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar

Two revelers in front of Tipi village at the Glastonbury Festival on Thursday were photographed making the most of the glorious sunshine

Two revelers in front of Tipi village at the Glastonbury Festival on Thursday were photographed making the most of the glorious sunshine

Festival-goers were photographed this morning gathered around a fire to watch the sunrise at Glastonbury's Stone Circle

Festival-goers were photographed this morning gathered around a fire to watch the sunrise at Glastonbury’s Stone Circle

Crowds gather on the first morning of the Glastonbury festival to watch the sunrise at the Stone Circle

Crowds gather on the first morning of the Glastonbury festival to watch the sunrise at the Stone Circle

Pictured: People gather on Thursday to watch the sunrise at the Stone Circle at Glastonbury Festival

Pictured: People gather on Thursday to watch the sunrise at the Stone Circle at Glastonbury Festival

People gather at Glastonbury's famous Stone Circle to watch the sunrise on Thursday morning

People gather at Glastonbury’s famous Stone Circle to watch the sunrise on Thursday morning

The Met Office said there is a chance of further cancellations of trains and buses due to lightning strikes.

It also warned of power outages in some homes and businesses, while remote communities could be shut down due to flooded roads.

Flooding could also cause some road closures, with heavy traffic on the roads around the UK already expected due to rail strikes.

People of all ages and parts of Britain made the journey to Worthy Farm yesterday for the Glastonbury festival, which kicked off on Wednesday and ends on Sunday evening, complete in their colorful clothes and ready to enjoy the feast.

With Office Chief Forecaster Neil Armstrong said: ‘Warm and sunny conditions continue on Thursday but there will be an increasing risk of afternoon and evening thunderstorms carrying a risk of some downpours.

“The exact location of this is still uncertain, but people can stay informed of the latest weather forecasts and warnings via our website or app.”

There was a chance of thunderstorms for ‘much of England and Wales’ on Thursday, with cloudy starts in the far northwest with some drizzle.

Exeter will see 21C (70F) today while Manchester will see humid cloudy weather of 27C (80C) this afternoon. Edinburgh will see a warm sun today reaching 22C (71F) while Belfast will see temperatures of 20C (68F).

Meanwhile, some light showers are expected in the southeast on Friday morning, but will soon be followed by scattered showers by midday, with highs of 20C (68F).

But both extreme weather threats and militant train strikes happening this week haven't stopped revelers from starting their five-day festival weekend with cheers.

But both extreme weather threats and militant train strikes happening this week haven’t stopped revelers from starting their five-day festival weekend with cheers.

Hundreds of festival-goers line the streets of Manchester on Thursday, waiting for replacement buses

Hundreds of festival-goers line the streets of Manchester on Thursday, waiting for replacement buses

Deputy chief forecaster Daniel Rudman added: “From Friday it will be more restless again. There is a risk of heavy rain and thunderstorms in the Glastonbury area on both Friday and Saturday, although these should move quickly, some surface water can occasionally build up from the heaviest showers. Temperatures will start to drop as we return to near normal for the time of year by the end of the week, with highs around 18-20C.

“Sunday is expected to be mostly dry and clear to begin with, but showers will reappear during the morning, some of which could be heavy and possibly thunderstorms. The restless pattern is expected to continue to dominate into early next week.’

The founder of the Somerset festival, Michael Eavis, was photographed this morning as he officially opened the gates to Glastonbury, marking the official start of the four-day musical spectacle.

The festival returns for its 50th anniversary after a three-year hiatus due to Covid-19.

Eavis and his daughter Emily stood at one of the festival’s many entry points and clapped as the first visitors entered the site.

Eavis, 86, told those entering the gates, “This is going to be the best show in town.

‘Just wait and see. You better believe it.’

Only 60 percent of trains run on Wednesday, with strikes planned for Thursday and Saturday.

This year’s highly anticipated festival, which runs from Wednesday through Sunday, will host major stars from Diana Ross and Sir Paul McCartney, to Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar and Olivia Rodrigo.

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