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A Glastonbury miracle: Mainly dry weather to highlight 2016 festival

Despite a history of heavy rainfall and flooding problems at Glastonbury, a washout is not expected for next week's much-anticipated music festival.

The five-day event kicks off on Wednesday, 22 June, at Worthy Farm. More than 137,000 music fans are anticipated to see some of the world's top acts, according to the Met Office.

Festivalgoers will only have to bring wellies and brollies out of their tents on a couple of occasions.

"There is a risk of the odd shower or two on Wednesday, but overall it does not look like a washout day," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls said.

"There looks like there could be a spell of rain or showers around on Thursday and/or Friday," Nicholls said, "but the weekend should be generally dry and nice."

Rain should not put a damper on the featured performances by Adele, Coldplay and Beck at the Pyramid Stage over the weekend.

In fact, festivalgoers may want to pack sun cream and wayfarers for the dry days of the festival as there will be sunny spells.

However, a repeat of the high temperatures that the Met Office reports caused heat exhaustion and sunstroke in 2010 is not expected. The temperature that year peaked near 27 C (81 F), according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister.

Nicholls expects temperatures to be close to normal for the festival this year. Normal temperatures toward the end of June range from a high near 21 C (70 F) to a nighttime low around 11 C (52 F).

Jackets, jumpers or an extra blanket will be needed amid the rainy spells and at night.

Glastonbury has a history of heavy rain and flooding problems, but such issues have been largely absent since 2010.

"The exception was 2014 when around 50 mm (2 inches) of rain caused flooding, and lightning forced the festival to be shut down for a brief time," Leister said.