Festivalgoers defied the nationwide rail strikes crippling the UK’s transport system, in addition to threats of tenting in torrential rain, and queued for substitute buses right now in a bid to make it to Glastonbury.
Fans had been noticed in Manchester ready for substitute buses to achieve the music extravaganza in a last-minute bid to achieve Worthy Farm amid the second day of rail strikes.
Mick Lynch’s militant RMT rail strikes resumed from midnight, which means simply 20 per cent of the 20,000 providers which usually run over three days within the UK are in service.
Great Western Railway (GWR) is working simply 5 providers from London Paddington to Castle Cary on Thursday, with a complete of 24 between Wednesday and Friday.
And forecasters have put a yellow warning in place between 10am and 11.59pm right now – with torrential lightning, hail and flooding anticipated throughout the nation.
The mud synonymous with the enduring pageant is ready to make an look, with thunderstorms and torrential downpours predicted from right now – which means revellers should endure the beginning of the moist climate earlier than Billie Eilish hits the Pyramid stage tomorrow.
But it is not all doom and gloom as there shall be spots of sunshine all through the day and heat temperatures reaching 24C (75F) – so revellers should not discover it too arduous to dry off.
Fans who arrived early on the website had been pictured taking advantage of the wonderful sunshine as they gathered at Worthy Farm’s Stone Circle this morning, located in a valley mendacity between two low sandstone ridges.
This 12 months’s Glastonbury pageant is the primary since summer time 2019, and revellers are able to benefit from the star-studded line-up of music acts together with headliners Billie Eilish, Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar over the course of the weekend.
But each excessive climate threats and militant rail strikes happening this week has not stopped the revellers from beginning their five-day pageant weekend.
Festivalgoers had been noticed in Manchester ready for substitute buses to achieve the music extravaganza in a final minute bid to achieve Worthy Farm
Passengers with tenting tools board a practice to go to the Glastonbury music pageant at Paddington railway station – one of many 5 trains departing right now
Pictured: Revellers had been noticed in Manchester ready for substitute buses to achieve the music extravaganza in a final minute bid to achieve Worthy Farm amid the second day of the rail strikes
Pictured: People collect on the hill emblazoned with the Glastonbury signal to benefit from the sundown
Pictured: Revellers leant towards a picket railing as they waited for substitute buses to take them to Glastonbury pageant
An aerial view of the Glastonbury Festival website in Somerset this morning the place followers have descended for the primary time in three years
Love is within the air at Glastonbury Festival as a pair, believed to be Ed and Chelsea, acquired engaged when Chelsea ticked the ‘sure’ field on Ed’s T-shirt with a marker pen
Pictured: A pair had been seen getting engaged right now at Glastonbury to have a good time the second day of the pageant
Fans had been pictured taking advantage of the wonderful sunshine this morning as they gathered at Worthy Farm’s Stone Circle, located in a valley mendacity between two low sandstone ridges
Two revellers in entrance of the Tipi village at Glastonbury Festival on Thursday was pictured taking advantage of the wonderful sunshine
In an announcement on its web site, the Met Office mentioned: ‘There is a small probability that properties and companies may very well be flooded rapidly, with harm to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or sturdy winds. There is a small probability of fast-flowing or deep floodwater inflicting hazard to life.’
They went on to say: ‘These torrential downpours could also be accompanied by frequent lightning, while gusty winds and hail may have an effect on a couple of locations.
‘The precise location of the thunderstorms shall be arduous to pinpoint, so the warning space shall be saved underneath evaluation and up to date if vital.’
Forecasters have put a yellow warning in place between 10am and 11.59pm right now – with torrential downpours anticipated throughout the nation.
The Met Office mentioned there’s a probability of additional rail and bus cancellations as a result of lightning strikes.
It additionally warned of energy cuts to some properties and companies, whereas distant communities may very well be lower off as a result of flooded roads.
Flooding may additionally trigger some highway closures, with heavy visitors on the roads already anticipated across the UK as a result of rail strikes.
Met Office Chief Forecaster Neil Armstrong mentioned: ‘The heat and sunny circumstances proceed on Thursday, however there shall be an rising danger of thunderstorms via the afternoon and night which convey a danger of some torrential downpours.’
The danger of thunderstorms was issued for ‘a lot of England and Wales’ on Thursday, with cloudy begins within the far northwest with some patchy rain.
Exeter will see highs of 21C (70F) right now, whereas Manchester will see humid cloudy climate of 27C (80C) this afternoon. Edinburgh will see heat sunshine hitting 22C (71F) right now, whereas Belfast will see highs of 20C (68F).
Meanwhile, some brilliant spells are anticipated Friday morning within the south east, however shall be swiftly adopted by scattered showers by noon, with most temperatures of 20C (68F).
People collect at Glastonbury’s well-known Stone Circle to observe the dawn on Thursday morning
Festivalgoers had been pictured gathered round a fireplace this morning to observe for the dawn at Glastonbury’s Stone Circle
Crowds collect on the primary morning of Glastonbury pageant to observe the dawn on the Stone Circle
Pictured: People collect to observe for the dawn on the Stone Circle at Glastonbury Festival on Thursday
This 12 months’s Glastonbury pageant is the primary since summer time 2019, and revellers are able to benefit from the star-studded line-up of music acts together with headliners Billie Eilish , Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar over the course of the weekend
One festivalgoer walked via the campsite on the Glastonbury Festival right now holding an umbrella to guard her from the wonderful sunshine
But each excessive climate threats and militant rail strikes happening this week has not stopped the revellers from beginning their five-day pageant weekend with a cheer
Hundred’s of festivalgoers line the streets in Manchester on Thursday amid ongoing rail strikes
Revellers had been pictured with rucksacks stuffed with their tenting provides
This 12 months’s much-anticipated pageant, working from Wednesday to Sunday, will host big stars from Diana Ross and Sir Paul McCartney, to Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar and Olivia Rodrigo
Deputy Chief Forecaster Daniel Rudman added: ‘From Friday onward the climate will change into extra unsettled. There is a danger of heavy showers and thunderstorms within the Glastonbury space on each Friday and Saturday, though these must be fast transferring, some floor water may accumulate at instances from the heaviest showers. Temperatures will begin to dip as we undergo the tip of the week returning to close regular for the time of 12 months, with highs probably round 18-20C.
‘Sunday is predicted to be largely dry and brilliant at first however with showers as soon as once more growing via the morning, a few of which may very well be heavy, and probably thundery. The unsettled sample is predicted to proceed to dominate into the beginning of subsequent week.’
The founding father of the Somerset pageant Michael Eavis was pictured formally opening the gate to Glastonbury this morning marking the official begin of the four-day music spectacular.
The pageant is returning for its fiftieth anniversary after a three-year hiatus as a result of Covid-19.
Eavis and his daughter Emily had been stood at one of many pageant’s many entry factors and clapped as the primary attendees entered the positioning.
Eavis, 86, advised these coming into the gates: ‘This goes to be the most effective present on the town.
‘Wait and see. You higher imagine it.’
Just 60 per cent of trains will run throughout Wednesday, with walkouts deliberate for Thursday and Saturday.
This 12 months’s much-anticipated pageant, working from Wednesday to Sunday, will host big stars from Diana Ross and Sir Paul McCartney, to Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar and Olivia Rodrigo.