The Guardian festival blog: Camp Bestival shuts down as rain and strong winds break heatwave | UK news


The UK’s heatwave has been abruptly interrupted by heavy rain and high winds, with the music festival Camp Bestival forced to shut down because of the weather.

With a sharp drop in temperatures and stormy conditions across much of the country, the festival closed down its main stages because of safety concerns. In a statement posted on social media organisers said that they were “utterly devastated and heartbroken” by the situation. The campsites remained open, but attendees said tents had been flooded or blown away.

The weekend washout follows weeks of hot, dry, weather. More than a month’s rain fell in a matter of hours on Saturday in Belfast, where torrential downpours caused flooding and disrupted traffic.

A festival goer packs up her tent in the wind and rain at Camp Bestival.



A festival goer packs up her tent in the wind and rain at Camp Bestival. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

A yellow weather warning for rain was in place for western parts of Scotland on Saturday, while…



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