The construction of the Hay Festival site is well under way as you can see from this picture tweeted today by Hay Fever Director Sophie Lording. The site has dried out nicely following the downpours of recent weeks and the weather looks set fair. Fingers crossed that the sun will shine on Hay at the end of May, and the first week in June, naturally.
With less than a month to go before the start of the Festival the storms at the weekend brought a deluge to Hay. Lauren Smith snapped a post diluvian picture which shows the entrance to the site location under several inches of water. We’ve added a picture on the right showing the same spot under normal conditions. The law of averages means that better weather must surely be on the way for the main event. The long range weather forecast is also encouraging.
One of the joys of the festival is taking in the compact attractions of the market town especially when the weather is good.
It’s warm and bright and the forecast is set fair for the rest if the week so we’re making hay whilst the sun shines. A wander through the quaint streets with bookshops at every turn and a ramble through the castle is followed by a visit to the Hay Festival’s younger left field cousin ‘HowTheLightGetsIn’.
Put the wellies away, the shades, shorts and sandal weather is around the corner.
With the Hay Festival just a fortnight away, the weather starts to seep into the consciousness. The long range forecast for Hay strongly suggests that we may not have the blistering sunshine that blessed last year’s proceedings.
It’s predicted that high pressure over continental Europe will send some thunderstorms to southern England and Wales. A south westerly winds also means a few Atlantic showers too but mixed with sunny spells. Temperatures will be around average for late May.
It’s too early to be sure but I’ll be packing the waterproofs. One of the many beauties of the Festival is that it works come rain or shine. The tented village with its covered walkways provides shelter from inclemency.
The other thing you can do is bookmark this blog. As you can see on the right there is a local weather forecast that’s automatically updated. Take a look before you pack and drop back on a daily basis during the festival to plan your outfit for the day and perhaps read the odd review!
Mid morning on Monday and it looks like after two glorious days that the heavens are about to open over Hay. If you are festival bound bring your macs and your wellies or at the very least ditch the high heels. After last years relentless downpours it looks like the site and the car parks are well prepared and despite a cold day forecast for tomorrow more sunshine is on the way for the latter part of the week.