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Mixed forecast for Glastonbury and Wimbledon

Published 25/06/2016

A festivalgoer in the mud at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
A festivalgoer in the mud at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

A combination of sunshine and showers is expected this weekend as a staple of the British summertime is treated to the best and worst of the season's weather.

Glastonbury Festival has already endured a wet and wild start to the celebrations, though that has since largely given way to sunny spells.

Elsewhere, in another summer fixture where the weather is a significant player, tennis professionals and fans will be casting anxious glances skywards in London's SW19 as the Wimbledon championships begin on Monday, but forecasters have predicted a bright start.

In Somerset, several heavy showers have already drenched the more than 150,000 people attending the music, culture and arts extravaganza.

But after a period of bright spells in the South West, it will be less Mr Blue Sky and more dull, grey and overcast as Jeff Lynne's ELO rock the Pyramid stage for the customary veterans' slot on Sunday.

Calum MacColl, forecaster with the Met Office, said: "Today will be a mixture of sunshine and showers, more of the same for Glastonbury, with potentially one or two more on Sunday.

"We can't be entirely sure whether or not some of the larger showers forecast for the area will touch the site or not, but there is a chance.

"By mid and late afternoon it will probably be dry but overcast. There may be some drizzle, but nothing too drastic. I think Sunday would be dull, damp and breezy."

The worst of the weekend's weather is not expected to linger long enough to affect the first-round matches at Wimbledon on Monday.

Mr MacColl said: "Serve-off for the start of the championships should be fine. It might be a bit grey in London to begin with but there will be some sunny pulses coming up from the South West of England.

"Any showers are likely to be early in the day, so shouldn't affect play on the courts."

He said some rain is predicted for Tuesday and Wednesday, with the potential for light disruption to the order of play.

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