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forecasters predict an end to the terrible weather

published: Wed 18th Jul 2012

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All the weather forecasters are predicting the end of the UK's spell of miserable weather with the jet stream likely to move to north of the UK in the next few days. For eFestival readers who are making plans for festivals, the future is looking a little more optimistic than the first few months the outdoor season has seen so far.
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The BBC weather department have announced on their website (here) that the summer is expected to get drier and warmer in a few days time, after another spell of dodgy weather during the transition.

The website reports that "This should bring more normal summer weather - probably in time for the Olympics. Around the middle of next week, pressure will build - the Azores high. This would allow our weather to take on more normal summer characteristics."

Weatherists predict that the change could put an end to an intense period that has seen serious flooding in most parts of the UK, with dozens of festivals having to cancel after areas experienced an entire month's rain in a single day, although we've only had eight more cancel than last year's total so far. But it's worth pointing out that festival goers should 'go prepared' as heavy downpours cannot be ruled out.

Dave Britton of the Met Office, said, "What that means is it's taking those weather systems further north with it, so things should really settle down a little bit more over the south," said Dave Britton of the Met Office. But [it will be] bringing more in the way of wet conditions to northwest Scotland."

Hopefully the better weather will make it easier for organisers too, some have had to employ additional measures just to get the festival sites ready. This weekend's Secret Garden Party have even resorted to craning everything on site so that they can keep the festival's grassed areas green.

If you fancy going to a festival near you on a free weekend, then take a look at our festival finder here, with 526 forthcoming festivals listed, there's bound to be one for you.

So fingers crossed that we will all be getting those shades out, and our summer togs ready, and can finally look forward to a summer of more sunny festivals. Wherever you go this summer, have a fantastic time!

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