Cloudy conditions and some light rain also expected on Thursday evening

The weather forecast for the start of this week’s Glastonbury festival looks set consist of light rain on Thursday, progressing to heavy showers for the first day of the event on Friday.

The Met Office website has a five day forecast with detailed information about what to expect from each day of the festival, which begins on Friday, June 27.

The gates to festival open on Wednesday, June 25 with the majority of arrivals likely to be met with cloudy conditions and some light rain on Thursday evening. Temperatures will reach a maximum of 18 degrees Celsius on that day while visibility will be good.

Conditions will get worse on Friday, when the festival begins in earnest and Arcade Fire will headline the Pyramid Stage. Heavy rain is forecast from 10am in the morning, ceasing in the evening between 7-10pm. Temperatures will reach a maximum of 15 degrees celcius while winds could reach 20mph.

The five-day forecast does not currently cover the Saturday (June 28) or Sunday (June 29) of Glastonbury.

The full stage times for the event were revealed earlier this month. Information on the timings for the Pyramid Stage, Other Stage, West Holts Stage, The Park Stage, John Peel Stage Acoustic Tent and Avalon Stage can be found here.