Weather watch: What to pack this weekend

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Weather watch: What to pack this weekend

Photographer: Sara BowreyJack Gunner on 07 September 2011

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R°Ck Stars, Pop Stars and Diva's heading to the Isle of Wight for Bestival 2011 this weekend would be well advised to incorporate wellies and an umbrella into their costume as rain is predicted throughout the weekend.

Those who are arriving on Wednesday night for the island festival may catch the best weather of the weekend, with sunny intervals predicted throughout the day and a cloudy evening, and a high of 17 °C.

Thursday will see Santigold, Richard X and the La's amongst many others open the eighth Bestival with a day of grey clouds and intermittent drizzle, with light rain predicted for Thursday night and a high of 16°C.

Friday's drum and bass-heavy line-up will see Beardyman, Zane Lowe and Magnetic Man perform through a day of light rain, with heavy rain and temperatures of 16-18°C predicted for an evening with headliners Pendulum.

Conditions will improve very slightly in time for Saturdays fancy dress day – the theme of the year is Rock Stars, Pop Stars and Divas. PJ Harvey, Village People and Crystal Castles are amongst the scheduled acts with light rain showers and a high of just 18°C expected throughout the day. Fortunately Saturdays headliners The Cure will see a dry, if chilly evening with partly cloudy conditions and a temperature of around 14°C.

Heavy rain is predicted for Sunday, likely driving crowds to the Big Top arena for sets from Fatboy Slim and Noah and the Whale. Again, conditions should be better for the final night – Bjork will close Bestival 2011 to a cloudy evening with a high of 15°C.

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All forecasts are based on predictions from BBC Weather.

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