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Glastonbury 2011

Glastonbury. Credit: Matt Churchill

From leaden skies and pouring rain to sunshine and soaring temperatures, the weather at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival was a typically mixed affair.

A festival of two halves

The Met Office forecast for the festival was for a showery start, but with the weather improving over the weekend, with fine dry and warm weather likely as the festival reached its climax on the Sunday.

Photos of festival-goers arriving ready and prepared for heavy showers on Wednesday, gave way to the predicted scenes of high summer on Sunday, as the crowds basked in temperatures of almost 26 °C.

Thousands of people kept up to date with the latest outlook through the Met Office's regular updates on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and our dedicated Glastonbury Festival.

A wet and muddy start

As forecast by the Met Office, rainfall in the days running up to the event made the ground soft and this was only made worse when the gates opened on Wednesday.

Up to 5mm of rain fell in heavy morning downpours. With the mass arrival of campers, the trampling feet soon turned parts of the site into a mudbath - with sections reportedly up to knee-deep.

Another 3-5mm fell on Thursday and this combined with blustery winds.

The first official day of the festival, on Friday, saw bright skies give way to outbreaks of rain with near-average temperatures during the day, reaching a maximum of 17 °C.

A sunny finish

Saturday started rather grey, but soon cleared - bringing the warmer, drier half of the festival. Temperatures climbed to more than 22 °C later in the day.

The brightest day was saved for last, with a mostly sunny day giving a welcome 12 hours of sunshine and a maximum temperature of almost 26 °C. It stayed humid at night too, with temperatures near 15 °C.

Met Office Glastonbury 2011 forecast timeline

Wednesday 22 June
Forecast - sunshine and heavy showers.    
Thursday 23 June
Forecast - sunshine and showers.    
Friday 24 June
Forecast - bright start becoming cloudy and wet.
Saturday 25 June
Forecast - grey start, but brightening up with sunny spells, becoming warm.
Sunday 26 June
Forecast - dry, sunny and hot.

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