Midsummer 2021: UK weather at Stonehenge promises to be rainy
Anyone preparing to watch the sun rise at Stonehenge this summer solstice is likely to be disappointed with gray skies and lots of rain, according to the Met Office.
As the annual gathering at the Wiltshire Prehistoric Monument was canceled following the government’s delay in easing the lockdown, many were hoping to witness the sunset and sunrise on a live broadcast provided by English Heritage tomorrow ( 21st of June).
The rally was also canceled last year and the livestream was viewed by 3.6 million people compared to the usual 7 to 30,000 people who would normally gather around the stone circle. This year, the Met Office suggests the views could be marred by early morning clouds and rain.
Meteorologist Alex Burkill said Pennsylvania: “In the early morning it will definitely be cloudy and quite gray, it will be around this time that the rain will start to arrive, it could be dry but the rain will not be far.
He said Tuesday would likely be the driest day of the week, but humid weather would reach most areas from Wednesday to Thursday.
Persistent wet weather follows high temperatures in parts of southern England last week, reaching as high as 28C on Wednesday.
This was followed by parts of the southeast which saw up to a month of rainfall in one day, including Otterbourne, Hampshire, which recorded 67mm of rainfall from 11pm Thursday to 5pm Friday, and Dancers End, Drayton Parslow, Toddington and south of Farnborough, which had rainfall between 65mm and 57mm.
A statement on the English Heritage website read: “With this week’s announcement that the government is delaying the lifting of remaining Covid-19 restrictions on June 21 and following discussions with the public health team of Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Police, English Heritage has taken the extreme difficult decision to cancel planned summer solstice celebrations at Stonehenge this year.
“The sunset and sunrise will be streamed live for free on English Heritage’s social media channels and will include exclusive interviews and music.
“English Heritage will also ensure that small pre-booked groups of the pagan and Druidic community can meet on the days around the summer solstice to mark this important time in their calendar.”
The stones were laid around 2500 BC, carefully aligned with the movements of the sun, leading some to believe that the mysterious stone circle was a Neolithic calendar.
For centuries people have gathered for festivals and to celebrate the “Solstice” which derives from the Latin word “solstitium”, which means “still sun”.
Sadly this year, not only will there be no rally, but the solstice is shaping up to be a little grayer and wetter than millions of people would have hoped.