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Sun shines on music and tennis fans

Two of Britain's biggest summer events are set to get off to glorious starts as forecasters predicted it will be warm and dry for the beginning of Wimbledon and Glastonbury.

Tennis fans can breathe a sigh of relief as the rain is expected to stay away next week, while the mercury is set to reach a balmy 23C (73.4C) on Monday, and hover around average or just above until the end of the week.

And there is hope the 135,000 revellers setting off to next weekend's Glastonbury festival might escape the mudslides this year after experts said they are "optimistic" the dry spell will continue.

Laura Young, a spokeswoman for the Met Office, said London will enjoy pleasantly warm temperatures with some cloud on Monday - providing the perfect playing conditions for Andy Murray as he takes to the court to defend his Wimbledon crown.

She said: "It is going to be dry in the south. Temperatures will hit around 23C (73.4F) and it could get over that in the prolonged sunshine.

"It should be nice weather. There is some cloud, but it is going to be warm and dry. It is good news for the spectators - there is very, very little chance of rain.

"If you are playing tennis you want it slightly overcast because you don't want it too hot. In the Australian Open the trainers of the tennis players were melting because it got so hot. It would never get that hot over here, but you want slightly cooler conditions."

She said the warm, dry weather looks set to continue in the south for the rest of the week, with temperatures "near or a bit above average" predicted.

As crowds prepare to descend on the Glastonbury festival next week, Ms Young said that early weather signals indicated rain should stay away, at least for the first half of the weekend.

But they have been warned to pack their wellies just in case as there is "an indication conditions might turn more changeable".

Showers are more likely to fall over the north west and south east, but Britain might escape rain altogether and the dry spell may continue, Ms Young added.

She said: "For the most part up until Friday and Saturday we are looking at dry weather.

"It might not be glorious sunshine, but it should be dry - particularly in the south west. It is looking quite good for the festival goers."


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