REVELLERS at Glastonbury face a washout today as thunderstorms sweep the country and forecasters warn of HAIL.
The mini heatwave will end with a bang today after the Met Office issued a yellow weather alert for thunder, lightning and torrential downpours.
It comes just a day after festivalgoers partied in scorching 28C sunshine as the event kicked off for the first time since 2019.
However, despite yesterday’s stunning weather, Thursday could end in a mud bath.
There’s even a flood warning in place that could spark misery for tens of thousands of campers amid fears more than two inches of rain could fall in just a few hours.
The storm warning covers a huge swathe of the country between the Midlands and the south coast.
Wales could also see some of the worst weather.
The warning covers almost a full day – from 10am until midnight.
And tomorrow won’t be much more cheerful.
The Met Office’s deputy chief forecaster Daniel Rudman said: “From Friday onwards, the weather will become more unsettled.
“There is a risk of heavy showers and thunderstorms in the Glastonbury area on both Friday and Saturday, although these should be quick moving.
“Some surface water might accumulate at times from the heaviest showers.
“Temperatures will start to dip as we go through the end of the week, returning to near normal for the time of year, with highs likely around 18-20C.”
His colleague Helen Caughey urged Glasto fans to pack “both sunhats and raincoats”.
Hail and wind could also lash Worthy Farm in the days to come.
The Met Office has warned there’s a “small chance” some places in the country will be “cut off” by floods.
Netweather forecaster Jo Farrow said the tempest could be severe.
“It has the ingredients for torrential downpours, thunderstorms – home-grown and imported in the plume – sudden gusty winds and hail, with flash flooding from the heavy rain as it has been dry recently,” she said.
Meanwhile, those heading to Somerset today for the party will also face another challenge after rail strikes take hold yet again.
Many services have been halted completely, while half of services to Castle Cary for the festival won’t run.
Source: The Sun