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Glastonbury festival-goers warned 'to take shelter if you can' as thunderstorms loom

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Glastonbury festival-goers “may need to take shelter if they can” as thunderstorms are set to sweep across much of southern England, a Met Office meteorologist has warned.

Music lovers will be swapping sun cream for umbrellas at Worthy Farm as the weather is set to turn from “wall-to-wall sunshine” and high temperatures on Thursday morning to “heavy thundery downpours” in the afternoon.The Met Office issued a yellow thunderstorm warning stretching from Sheffield in the North, across the South East and down to Bath in the South West, meaning Glastonbury revellers could be caught in torrential downpours in Somerset.

Meteorologist Sarah Kent, from the Met Office, told the PA news agency: “They are going to have a really warm night which is good news for people who are camping out there of course and a lovely start to the day, pretty much wall-to-wall sunshine. “With that the heat will be gradually building through the morning and it’s that heat that could be part of the problem for the weather in the afternoon because we are looking at scattered showers coming in from the south. “Those showers will be locally heavy and could be thundery, which is why we have a thunderstorm warning out from 10am all the way through to 11.59pm.” The meteorologist said that the nature of thundery showers are that they are “hit and miss”.

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