Bestival revelers finally got to enjoy the event as stormy weather gave way to bright sunshine, while clubbers across the UK battled the elements for a night out.
Storm Evert hit Britain as tents and awnings collapsed at Camp Bestival in Dorset and organizers delayed the opening of arenas and public doors.
Camp Bestival has always been going for the 30,000 participants as it is now, with curator Rob da Bank saying, “We’ve been through it all and are ready for anything – our clients are very tough – we’ll get there. ”
Today, the stormy weather gave way to a beautiful sun and the participants were photographed making the most of it.
The beaten Evert storm delayed the opening of the public arenas and the Bestival gates. (In the photo, revelers at Bestival are enjoying the much-needed sun.)
Women heading to Leeds had to brave the windy conditions with umbrellas catching the strong winds on Friday evening
Leeds revelers braved heavy rains as Storm Evert hit parts of the UK last night, ahead of a rainy weekend across most of the country with a few thunderstorms.
Britain is expected to see some sun in the north and west today, but there will be heavy rain in parts of eastern, central and southern England this afternoon.
Yesterday, the storm hit the southwest with a wind of 75 mph, seriously injuring two women under a tree and forcing festivals to delay their debuts and relocate their camps.
Meteorologists expect the big gales to subside by tomorrow, when it will get a bit warmer and start to dry out, except in the south and south-east of England where some will be. stormy.
Some braved the conditions and left despite the rain and strong winds, armed only with an umbrella for a night out in Leeds
Storm Evert causes major damage to Camp Bestival campsite at Lulworth Castle in Wareham, Dorset.
People are enjoying the much-needed sun in Bestival after stormy weather that battered tents and delayed opening
Two girls at a night out in Leeds share a hood as they brave the wet weather caused by Storm Evert yesterday
In Leeds, revelers headed downtown to party for the start of the weekend despite the miserable summer weather
The revelers took to the streets and took the opportunity for an evening of no Covid restrictions despite the inclement weather
Shoppers cross Oxford Street amid heavy downpours in London on Friday as storms continue to wreak havoc across the country
Next week the weather will continue to be volatile in England and Wales, with showers and some sunshine
The Met Office said, “Changing conditions continue to dominate the picture for the first half of August. A mixture of sunny spells and showers, with some drier interludes, is the general pattern expected during this period for all.
“Some of these rainy episodes can merge into slightly longer rain episodes. Mostly scattered showers at first, with a few thunderstorms likely to develop from them. Torrential downpours are likely in some places.
“The winds remain generally blustery, with expected temperatures close to average, perhaps slightly above average in the northern regions.
“During the remainder of this period it will likely become settled, although some showers cannot be ruled out, especially in the south-eastern areas.
“Drier weather than recently, with mostly sunny spells until mid-August, with above average temperatures. “
Tents and canopies collapsed at Camp Bestival in Dorset yesterday and organizers have delayed the opening of arenas and public doors.
Restaurant owners were warned to be extra careful when camping and driving on coastal roads as the storm hit the southwest of the country as it continued. accelerate and swept east along the south coast.
Drinkers shelter under umbrellas in Soho as they enjoy a Friday night in central London on a wet July day
Despite the miserable conditions, many braved the rain to enjoy the start of their weekend in Soho as they made their way to the pubs and bars armed with umbrellas.
Some of those who left on Friday night were well prepared in waterproof coats for a night of drinking al fresco in the rain
People stand in the rain at the Wet and Windy Farmfest event being held in Bruton in Somerset this morning
Clouds loom over the Ageas Bowl in Southampton during the Hundred match between Southern Brave and Birmingham Phoenix
This Cornwall tent did not withstand the high winds, a fate shared by many in the south of England last night
The generally crowded streets of Soho were much quieter on Friday night as revelers were turned back by the inclement weather.
In Cornwall, guests at Bedruthan Steps Campground were moved to a field better protected from the wind, while Sarah Weeks of the clifftop glamping site, Seaview Tipis, told guests to ‘pack their bags and leave ”for their safety.
Meanwhile, the three-day Rock Oyster Festival – where Sophie Ellis-Bexter is headlining tomorrow – is under threat and its opening delayed at its Dinham House site in St Minver, Cornwall, until noon today due to the storm.
Camp Bestival continues for the 30,000 participants right now, with curator Rob da Bank saying, “We’ve been through it all and are ready for anything – our customers are very tough – we will get through it. ”
An amber “life threatening” wind warning was issued ahead of “unusually strong winds and heavy rain”. The worst conditions were in Cornwall, where gusts of between 55 mph and 75 mph hit coastal areas.
The downpours have added to the miserable conditions for thousands of families vacationing in Britain right now.
But drinkers braved the rain for an evening on Friday, with many huddled under umbrellas and raincoats as they made their way to shelter in pubs and clubs.
Forecasters have warned of possible damage to buildings, fallen trees, power outages and cancellations of rail, air and ferry services, as the storm today brings a “wet and windy” day for the southern and central regions of the country.
Evert is the first named storm since Darcy in February. A Dutch boy’s name meaning ‘shepherd’, it was chosen by the Dutch forecasting service KNMI, which works with the Met Office to name storms in Western Europe.