Thousands of revellers have already descended on Glastonbury Festival this morning, cramming into snaking queues as the first day of shows gets underway.
Music lovers have been pictured crammed between metal fences under a cloudy Somerset sky as the five days of festivities commence.
Fans were loaded up with bags as they donned Dr Martens and wellies while traipsing into the site, dragging with them wheelbarrows, crates of beer and toilet roll as they eagerly await the gates opening later this morning.
Festival lovers packed themselves in between metal fences at Glastonbury Festival this morning as they gathered under a cloudy Somerset sky
Music lovers traipsed into to Somerset campsite this morning before the gates had even opened as the five-day festival prepares to get underway
Donning wellies as they waled across sodden field this morning, fans carried crates of beer as they awaited the opening of the gates that will kick of Glastonbury 2019
Fans carried toilet roll into Glastonbury Festival, which today gets underway, as they started to queue for the five-day event early this morning
Droves of music lovers are pictured this morning as they camped out awaiting the start of Glastonbury 2019, joining snaking queues at the Somerset festival
People huddled together with hoods pulled over their heads as they joined huge queues at Glastonbury this morning while these two got off to an early start
Hauling huge bags and dragging belongings on wheels, these festival-goers joined thousands of others that have already started to queue up for Glastonbury today
People have crammed into fences at the Somerset festival site as Glastonbury prepares to get underway later on today and appears to be off to an overcast start
Revellers are snaking through queues underneath a cloud Somerset sky as they await the opening of the gates at Glastonbury 2019 this morning
Fans are wheeling in their belongings over muddy fields as thousands descend on the Glastonbury Festival site in Somerset this morning
Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, The Killers, Kylie and Miley Cyrus are all set to perform in the coming days at the festival and pictures released yesterday showed just how much space the event takes up as well as a sneak peek into the myriad of stages and events that attendees will be able to enjoy.
Festival-goers started to arrive as early as yesterday and were pictured in shorts and wellies as they hopped over puddles, following heavy rain which has hit the whole of the UK.
The first day of the festival got off to a cloudy start with some chance of rain, with temperatures feeling no higher than 68F (20C).
Michael Eavis welcomes the first festival goers ahead of the gates opening to the public at Glastonbury Festival this morning as a steady stream of music fans poured through the festival gates
Fans are streaming into Glastonbury Festival this morning in Somerset as they gathered under a cloud sky set to improve in the coming days
Fans are pictured at Glastonbury this morning as they sat on deck chairs with their belongings strewn around them as they await the opening of the gates in Somerset
Women are pictured heading into Glastonbury Festival this morning with curlers in their hair as fans gathered under a cloudy Somerset sky
Fans are traipsing into the festival this morning as thousands descended on the Somerset site under a cloudy sky today
However, temperatures are expected to climb during the week, reaching a peak of 80F (27C) on Friday, before dropping again slightly at the weekend.
While many may have spent the weekend pondering what shorts to pack – one local took to his paraglider to soak up the views before the site becomes awash with music lovers.
James Pearce, 51, often flies his powered paraglider from a field near the festival site, reaching heights of up to 1,000ft using his paramotor.
He has been watching organisers put up tents, stages, tipis and bars for months, and took some striking photos when he flew over on Saturday.
James, who has been flying for two years, said: ‘I live in Glastonbury and use a farmer’s field here to fly from so have been watching the prep work for the festival for the last couple of months.
Stunning aerial shots show the set up for the festival which begins tomorrow. A myriad of tents and huts of different colours can be seen spanning across the fields
James Pearce took these stunning shots while paragliding over the Somerset festival on Saturday as organisers prepared for the event
Other jaw dropping pictures show the amount of tipis which had been put up for the event as well as the roads surrounding the area
Wellies at the ready! Some people had gotten into the festival spirit early, donning wellies and shorts (left) while others kept it casual in tracksuits (right) as they carefully carried their luggage over the mud
One woman was seen wading through the mud today wearing wellies and jeans and she attempted to cross through a puddle
‘The paramotor lives in the back of my van so is always ready for a fly if I’m driving around and see a nice field to fly from.
‘I’m always taking photos on my phone.’
Meanwhile many social media users took to Twitter today to say how excited there were for the festival to get going.
One user said: ‘Anyone else suffering from Glasto anxiety?! I’m so excited but I now have the fear. Do I have enough glitter/pants/socks/suncream? What have I forgotten? Where are my wellies? Can’t stop checking the weather either #glastonbury2019 #happyplace #buzzingreally’.
Another user said they were trying to concentrate on something apart from Glastonbury. Sam Morecroft said: ‘Trying to concentrate on things other than Glastonbury is very difficult the day before #Glastonbury2019.’
‘The Glasto Thingy’ said: ‘THE CIDER BUS HAS ARRIVED! REPEAT, THE CIDER BUS HAS ARRIVED! THIS IS NOT A DRILL!’
Another said they were ‘absolutely buzzing’ for the festival’.
Despite the stunning photos showing clear skies those arriving early to the event, which starts tomorrow, were greeted with swamps of mud and had to swiftly don their wellies, but had also been sporting shorts due to the humid weather conditions which were being felt across the UK today.
Humid and muggy conditions for rest of the week could lead record heats as parts of Europe scorch in 106F, following the Sahara Bubble dumping a week’s worth of rain across the UK in just one hour.
Cal Mitch posted a gif and said that he was ‘absolutely buzzing’ for the festival to begin. Which runs from Wednesday – Sunday
One account, ‘The Glasto Thingy’ said the cider bus had arrived and that it ‘was not a drill’ ahead of the start of the festival
Sam Morecroft said he was struggling to concentrate on things that weren’t Glastonbury, ahead of the event kicking off tomorrow
One Twitter user commented on how excited she was for the festival to kick off and highlighted that she also worried she hadn’t packed everything she needed
Amazing shots show the festival being set up with tipis and tents all ready to go for the arrival of attendees over the next few days
James Pearce, 51, often flies his powered paraglider from a field near the festival site reaching heights of up to 1,000ft using his paramotor (picture above shows a range of different tents ready for the festival)
James took this amazing shot of his feet dangling over the Glastonbury scene, which started off muddy today but could reach top temperatures
Other festival goers kept it casual in tracksuits and all-in-ones while they carefully carried their luggage over the muddy puddles and set themselves up for the weekend.
Despite the set up for the festival looking extremely colourful, organisers have requested that those coming to the festival only use certain glitters.
On the Glastonbury website, organisers said: ‘Please only use biodegradable body glitter. Conventional glitter is a microplastic pollutant.’
It also stated that glitter being sold on site by traders at the festival must be biodegradable.
Red and yellow and pink and green, orange and purple too! You can see a rainbow when you look at the swathe of tents which have already been put up
Festival goers attending Glastonbury this year have been met with a host of rules for the event in Somerset. Pictures above show the view of a paraglider who took the amazing shots over the weekend
Blue skies swept over Somerset over the weekend as event organisers set up. Many vans can be seen below parked up in preparation for the event
Friday’s line up includes popular acts such as Stormzy and George Ezra on the Pyramid Stage, while acts such as Liverpool band The Wombats and The Vaccines will delight fans on the Other Stage.
Saturday will see the likes of The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Janet Jackson and Anne Marie take to the Pyramid Stage, while on the Other Stage, The Chemical Brothers, The Courteeners and Lewis Capaldi will wow fans with their musical splendor.
On Sunday, US star Miley Cyrus will hit the Pyramid Stage with acts such as Bring me the Horizon and Slaves, taking to the Other Stage.
Event organisers have also asked those attending to not urinate on the land as it causes ‘toxic pollution of the water table.’
Stunning shots show the beauty of the Somerset countryside which is one a year taken over by festival goers from across the globe
Organisers stated: ‘The Environment Agency tests the water regularly, and has the power to close down the site if too many people have urinated and polluted the site. It really could be the end of Glastonbury if you pee where you shouldn’t. Please only pee in our thousands of toilets and urinals.
‘We have over 1,200 compost toilets across the site, which after a year turns into wonderful compost which is brought back onto the farm and used in the Permaculture area and Peace garden. A compost toilet is a water free system that is best for the environment.
‘There are thousands of toilets on site, and we urge you to use them. Environmental health students check the toilets twice a day and cleaners and other staff are on hand, 24/7, to help keep them functional.’
On the top left corner you can see the Pyramid Stage being set up while other event spaces can be seen going up around it
Tropical Britain! 80F heatwave arrives to turn UK from soggy to SWELTERING after Sahara Bubble dumps week’s worth of rain in hour-long monsoon
A Saharan Bubble has brought a sweltering week-long heatwave to Britain that could see temperatures soar past 86F (30C) as a 2,000-mile wide plume of hot air from Africa sweeps in.
Forecasters are predicting glorious sunshine and hot conditions for the next few days, starting with a muggy high of 80F today before the mercury starts to creep up to 86F by Thursday.
The upturn in weather is a far cry from this morning’s violent thunderstorms, which brought widespread flooding and torrential rain with more than a week’s worth falling in just an hour in East Sussex.
The thunderstorms are being powered by a enormous plume of warm continental air, called a Saharan Bubble, which is moving across Europe and causing heatwaves in several major tourist destinations.
People exercise in Green Park in London, where temperatures reached 79F as forecasters predicted a week of hot weather to come
A visitor to Green Park enjoys a lazy snooze amid the humid and muggy conditions in the UK this afternoon, with more sunny weather predicted later this week
Hotter temperatures finally hit the UK today, with forecasters hopeful that the 35C (95F) June temperature record could be under threat by Friday or Saturday should the clouds stay away.
It was a particularly wet and muddy start at Glastonbury Festival today, but forecasters are warning revellers to pack both their wellies and sun cream with temperatures equivalent to that expected in Marrakech this week.
Meanwhile French citizens have been warned of a threat to life amid temperatures that will feel like 116F (47C) due to the humidity, while Germany has imposed a 60mph limit on motorways amid fears the tarmac could ‘blow up’.
In nearby Brandenburg, firefighters were battling a blaze that has already consumed almost 250 acres of forest and have warned it will take several days to extinguish.
Earlier this morning, a pair of young girls were pictured swimming through a flooded underpass after torrential rain struck Stirling in Scotland this morning
The same weather phenomenon could also see Britain break its 35C (95F) June temperature record this week with the arrival of the African plume.
But it began with humid thunderstorms and severe weather warnings covering the majority of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales today.
What is the Saharan Bubble and why is it causing havoc in Britain?
Britain could break its 35C (95F) June temperature record this week with the arrival of a 2,000-mile wide African plume in continental Europe.
But it will begin with humid thunderstorms and severe weather warnings covering the majority of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
A huge bubble of hot air from northern Africa will move north of Algeria towards Italy and Spain today.
High pressure will mean the mercury is still high, but tropical thunderstorms will also bring rain, wind and hail.
The grim spell of showers and storms will last until Wednesday, when conditions will start to improve.
The Met Office forecast UK temperature highs building from 28C on Monday to nearly 30C by Thursday and potential for 34C – and possibly hotter if less cloud – on Friday and Saturday.
This morning, forecasters issued ‘danger to life’ warnings across England and Wales as the country was hit by the tail-end of a 60-hour weather bomb, with lightning and monsoon rain wreaking havoc for commuters.
Parts of East Sussex was struck by 0.8 inches of rain in one hour this morning, while Kent experienced the same rainfall in three hours as roads in both city centres and local villages were deluged by flash floods.
There were delays of hours for train users too, with all rail lines from Brighton through Haywards Heath blocked due to the flooding on the tracks, while 14 trapped residents in Stirling had to be rescued by lifeboat teams.
Many disgruntled Britons cursed the wet start to the summer on social media, while others made the most of the dreary conditions by ditching their clothes and going for a swim in flooded underpaths and high streets.
Torrential downpours extended all the way up to central Scotland, where the roof of a Tesco supermarket collapsed under the weight of rainwater as it burst through the ceiling and onto the shop floor below.
Overnight in Hastings, East Sussex, between 0.6in (15mm) and 0.8in (20mm) of rain fell in just one hour, while 0.8in (20mm) fell in East Malling, Kent, over a three-hour period, according to the Met Office.
A yellow thunderstorm warning covering central and eastern England and a yellow rain warning covering North Wales and north-west England are in place.
Disgruntled commuters took to Twitter to express their disbelief at the terrible weather this morning, with one writing: ‘Tell me again, what month is it? Stood at the bus stop in a rain coat with my hood up.’
Another user tweeted: ‘What is this summer? It’s f****** summer and it’s just rain.’
Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said: ‘The storms have arrived along the south coast of England from the Isle of Wight to the Dove Strait with increasing amounts of thundery activity.
‘Those storms are expected to clear by the time we get to 7am, leaving some light rain for an hour or so before it gets drier through the morning.
‘The storms will continue north-eastwards over parts of East Anglia and the Humber before edging out over the North Sea.
‘There could be some localised flooding, but certainly some surface water flooding which can cause problems to drive through as well as spray.
‘So the early morning commute could be challenging, especially in areas north of London as that’s where the heaviest rain will be at that point.’
As well as problems on the roads, passengers using some southern routes have been advised to check for potential disruption to journeys.
National Rail Enquiries said passengers on Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Southern and Thameslink services could be affected.
The storms are being fed by an area of warm air that brought a muggy night for many – with temperatures only falling to 68F (20C) in some parts of the South East.
Boy holds an umbrella over the Beatles statue on the Liverpool Pier this afternoon as rainy conditions swept throughout the UK today
The mercury is expected to climb quickly after the lively weather moves through, with up to 27C (80F) expected in parts of the south on Tuesday afternoon.
Met Office ‘danger to life’ weather warnings remain in place across southern England, with a fortnight’s worth of rain falling in just one day in some areas yesterday and equal amounts predicted today.
Brighton and south-west London are also expected to be of the first affected as intense thunderstorms hit the coast in the early hours of today.
An intense and isolated patch of precipitation can also seen to be hovering between Shrewsbury and Birmingham ready to pour at any moment.
But later in the week Britain could break its 35C (95F) June temperature record as, once the showers have died out, the 2,000-mile wide African air plume brings a heatwave from across continental Europe.
Many disgruntled Britons cursed the wet start to the summer on social media, while others made the most of the dreary conditions by going for a swim in flooded underpaths (left) and high streets (right)
The heavy thunderstorms (pictured here above London today) are being powered by a 2,000-mile wide plume of warm continental air from northern Africa, which is moving across Europe and leading to heatwaves throughout the continent
UK temperatures will be hotter than Egypt and Thailand – but sweltering humidity could still make Glastonbury a muddy affair this year.
Hot air is shown on a dramatic weather map covering Britain and stretching from Spain to Norway. Germany, due 41C (106F), is set to break its 40.3C (104.5) temperature record.
Edinburgh experienced 44mm of rain yesterday, while their average rain fall for the month of July is 80-100mm, meaning they had around 50 per cent of the month’s rain in just 24 hours.
The majority of the rain in Edinburgh, 33mm, fell in just three hours yesterday afternoon causing flash flooding.
But hot air moving in from continental Europe will bring with it drier, sunnier and warmer conditions, and by Saturday parts of London could get as hot as 35C.
A bizarre photograph taken in Fife appears to show a council worker watering plants as rain batters this area this morning
Both the UV index and the pollen count are forecast to remain high this week.
Ms Maxey said: ‘People who suffer from hay fever might feel quite uncomfortable.’
The first Government heat health warning of the year put hospitals on alert for an increase in admissions and ordered health and social workers to prepare to make daily contact with the ill, vulnerable and elderly.
Despite a wet start, the Met Office said summer is ten times more likely to be much-hotter-than-average than much-cooler-than-average across June, July and August.
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: ‘Warm air from north Africa will bring an extensive heatwave to large parts of western and central Europe, with highs into the 40s (104F) in Germany and France.
‘The UK will see highs build through the week after 28C (82.4F) on Monday and Tuesday. By Friday and Saturday sees the chance of 34C (93.2F), and possibly warmer if there is more sunshine and less cloud in the west, which is forecast to be the hottest area.
‘It will be very humid, with thunderstorms until Tuesday bringing the risk of localised flooding, and showers popping up later in the week.
Pictured: Water pours in through the ceiling at Tesco in Stirling last night as flooding and thunderstorms continue to dog Britain today
The ceiling at a Tesco in Stirling last night caved in after water poured in as rain hammered the UK with the downpour set to continue throughout today
‘Glastonbury has wet ground and risks thundery showers before the festival and occasional showers during the event, but will be in the region with the hottest temperatures – so pack wellies and sun cream.’
Mr Partridge continued: ‘An extensive heatwave is on the way for much of the UK for the best part of a week. ‘Heat from north Africa will cover a big area of Europe, with up to 41C (106F) in western Germany and France.’
The hottest day should be Friday, when up to 33C (91F) is expected in Somerset, which is likely to be the warmest part of the country.
London’s skyscrapers are obscured by clouds this morning as thunderstorms pound Britain and flooding hits the south-east of England
A heavy rainstorm catches out pedestrians in Manchester city centre this afternoon as the country experienced a mix of showers and hot weather thanks to an African plume
The weather in Glastonbury as the music festival gets under way – with a temperature equivalent to that expected in Marrakech, Morocco – means crowds should stock up on sunscreen. However, more thunder due at the weekend could mean festival-goers still need their wellington boots.
Referring to the torrential rain expected today, the Met Office said: ‘There is a small chance homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage from flood water, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.
‘There is a small chance of fast-flowing or deep flood water causing danger to life.’
Yellow weather warnings remain in place today as thunderstorms batter Britain, following flooding yesterday, as the Sahara Bubble blights the UK
Pictured: Lighting strikes over Ramsgate this morning as thunderstorms are set to dog the country, with wet weather expected across most regions of England
A 2,000-mile wide African air plume called the Saharan Bubble is expected to bring Europe a record heatwave – with Britain expected to break through its 35C (95F) June temperature record. Temperatures for today pictured above
Ready for Glastonbury? Festivalgoers will walk 30 miles and take 143 selfies during the famous music event
The average Glastonbury festival-goer will walk nearly 30 miles and take 143 photos during the five day event, a survey has found.
Researchers who polled 1,000 people who have been to the festival found they will watch 16 performances over the five days and phone home three times a day.
Revellers will make around 25.3 million calls and messages in total from the venue on Worthy Farm, Somerset.
The study, by Glastonbury Festival’s technology partner EE, found almost two thirds admitted they would be lost without their phones at the festival.
The typical Glastonbury-goer will also post 12 videos on social media documenting their experiences at Worthy Farm- resulting in 2.4 million uploaded throughout the festival [File photo]
The typical Glastonbury-goer will also post 12 videos on social media documenting their experiences at Worthy Farm- resulting in 2.4 million uploaded throughout the festival.
Fans were also found to travel an average of 143 miles to get to the site, with the average Glastonbury-goer walking almost six miles every day – almost 30 miles over the course of the event.
More than a tenth of fans even estimate they walk 10 miles or more each day to see all their favourite acts.
With so much ground to cover, one in four believe having maps on their smartphone to find cars and tents makes things a lot easier.
A new EE Glastonbury app has been launched so that festivalgoers can drop location ‘pins’ on the app’s festival map to find one another.
A spokesperson for BT and EE said: ‘Our new and improved EE Glastonbury app allows Festival-goers to drop pins on the festival map, listen to artists playing at Glastonbury to discover new music to help build their perfect festival line up, and create and share their own personalised set-lists so they can make sure they don’t miss a beat.’