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Glastonbury weather to cool after heat left dozens needing a medic

Festivalgoers can expect cooler weather at Glastonbury on Thursday after scorching temperatures saw paramedics treat dozens of people at the 900-acre site in Somerset.

Wednesday was the hottest day in Glastonbury’s history, with people seeking shade in bushes and wearing bikinis rather than wellies in 31C (87.8F).

Staff sprayed people with water, handed out free sun cream and hats, and urged revellers not to drink alcohol while queuing to enter the site.

Temperatures began cooling in the late evening and by Thursday morning were at 17C with cloudy skies, in line with previous years.

Police and festival organisers were continuing to ask ticketholders to pack lightly due to extra security checks after recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

In a show of unity with victims of the attacks, thousands of people are expected to gather in the stone circle in Kings Meadow at 12pm on Thursday in an attempt to create the biggest human peace sign and send a “message of peace to the world”.

Beth Llewellyn, organiser of the peace garden in the Green Fields, who is behind the record attempt, said: “I thought, ‘Why don’t we get together in the fields, and make this sign around the stone circle with people whose intent is for peace and not to be threatened by the few?

“We’re just doing it for love. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Security at the 200,000-person festival, which is being headlined by Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran, is tighter than during previous years, and police dogs searched bags for explosives and illegal substances as people entered to site.

In the run-up to festival season, counter-terrorism chiefs launched a major training drive for festival workers. As part of the beefed-up response, more staff at festivals and other major events are being trained on what to do in the event of a terrorist incident.

Police stressed there was no intelligence to indicate an increased threat to summer events but repeated their calls for revellers to report anything suspicious.

“Keeping the public safe to enjoy a summer of special events is our top priority,” deputy assistant commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, the National Police Chiefs Council lead for protective security, said. “Sadly we have seen that these can be targeted by those who want to cause harm.

“But the public should be reassured that police, partners and commercial organisations are working hard together to keep them safe and secure.”

Glastonbury has provided shuttle for people caught up in the recent terrorist attacks who are uncomfortable with crowds.

According to Somerset Live, a number of people got in touch with festival organisers to express concerns, after which arrangements were made.

Assistant chief constable Caroline Peters, gold commander for the Glastonbury festival police plan, said in a statement this week: “Public safety is always our top priority but we also want everyone going to the festival to have a great time.

“The policing style might look and feel slightly different this year – there will be a higher visibility of officers on the perimeter of festival helping security with searches.”