Weather conditions improve at the Isle of Wight Festival after tornado hits island

The tornado happened on Wednesday as festivalgoers began to arrive for the weekend

Weather conditions have improved at The Isle of Wight Festival today (June 14) after the island was briefly hit by a tornado earlier this week.

An image of Wednesday’s tornado (June 12), captured by photographer Jamie Russell, showed a large twister circulating the island. According to eye-witness reports, the twister lasted a few minutes before trailing off.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Russell said: “This type of tornado forms when an updraft area at the base of a cloud starts to rotate locally due to variations in the wind direction which can be triggered by hills, headlands and sometimes even nearby rain showers.”

You can see some images of the tornado below:

However, weather conditions have improved since yesterday (June 13), with reports of sunshine and a generally dry festival site coming in this afternoon. Not much rain is forecast for the rest of the weekend (apart from a 40-50% chance of precipitation tomorrow afternoon), according to The Met Office.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, George Ezra and Biffy Clyro are headlining this year’s festival, which runs from June 13-16. The 2019 event comes one year on from the Isle of Wight Festival’s epic 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018.

Elsewhere on the bill, Fatboy Slim will make his debut Isle of Wight Festival performance with a set on the Saturday before Ezra’s headline set. The likes of Courteeners, Richard Ashcroft, Lily Allen, IDLES, Bastille and Sigrid are all also perform across the weekend.