Thousands of Leeds and Reading festival-goers brave the rain for boozy weekend of partying as ocean of tents take over fields

LEEDS festival-goers have pitched up today in their thousands – braving the rain ahead of a boozy weekend of partying.

Dragging bags and tents, the revellers arrived in drizzle as they readied themselves for a music-filled three days.

Rain showers don't seem to dampen spirits as festival goers arrive at Leeds Festival in Bramham Park
Rain showers don’t seem to dampen spirits as festival goers arrive at Leeds Festival in Bramham Park
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This festival goer stays dry in a poncho jumpsuit as she arrives at Leeds Festival
This festival goer stays dry in a poncho jumpsuit as she arrives at Leeds Festival
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An aerial photo of the main arena and stage as well as the tent city at the Reading Festival site on Thursday
An aerial photo of the main arena and stage as well as the tent city at the Reading Festival site on Thursday
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This person is ready to party – once she’s dumped her tent and kicked off those wellies[/caption]

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This pair look like they were hoping for sunnier weather as they arrive at Leeds[/caption]

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Hoodies and wellies are the outfit of the day for the first day of Leeds Festival[/caption]

Fans queue to get in to the Reading Festival site in the sun Reading Festival, Arrivals, Berkshire, UK - 21 Aug 2019
Fans queue to get in to the Reading Festival site in Berks.
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This woman has an emergency poncho incase the weather turns[/caption]

Around 75,000 punters are expected to enjoy the weekend, with headliners the Foo Fighters, the 1975 and Post Malone playing over the weekend

In stark contrast to sunny Reading Festival – which is also on this weekend – the weather is grey and slightly rainy.

However those arriving on site today wearing anoraks and jumpers will be pleased to know the weather is set to improve drastically.

They should be safe to pack away the wellies and pull out the classic festival outfit of short shorts tomorrow as temperatures rise up 24C.

And by the weekend revellers will enjoy hot conditions as temperatures reach 28C on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon, as they watch bands before the hottest Bank Holiday ever on Monday.

Steve Willington from the Met Office said: “By Bank Holiday Monday itself temperatures will rise further with around 33C possible in the southeast – which would set a new record for the coming Bank Holiday weekend.

“The current highest temperature on record for the UK is 28.2C at Holbeach, Lincolnshire in 2017.”

The Reading and Leeds Festivals are taking place in Reading’s Richfield Avenue and Leeds’ Bramham Park.

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This chap is soldiering on with all his belongings to find a suitable camping spot[/caption]

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This reveller looks more ready for the sunshine that is due to hit at the weekend[/caption]

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This group is struggling with all of their festival bits – as one of the party desperately tries to keep hold of everything[/caption]

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One person takes a break from lugging all her stuff to the campsite[/caption]

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This festival-goer is ready for the weekend with a crate of drink[/caption]

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One person has thought up a novel way to get his kit to his tent[/caption]

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Sorted. This group have picked a prime spot and are having a rest before setting up camp[/caption]

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Tents at the ready – a smiling festival-goer walks into Leeds[/caption]

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This pair grapples with their tents and pillows as they get ready for the weekend[/caption]

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This reveller is prepped for a weekend of warm weather – but has sturdy boots incase it turns[/caption]

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This youngster is ready for anything – wellies, shorts and an umbrella hat[/caption]

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Not so keen on the wet weather, this person will be hoping the sun does come out over the weekend[/caption]

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It’s a cooler day for new arrivals to Leeds Festival – but the sun is due to come out tomorrow[/caption]

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Thousands of revellers have poured onto the festival site today[/caption]

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People have come prepped for rain and the return of heat as they arrived today[/caption]

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This pair have got the essentials – pillows and a BBQ[/caption]

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All the prime camping spots have been nabbed today as festival-goers pitch up[/caption]

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The rain and drizzle didn’t seem to deter this festvial-goer from going topless[/caption]

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