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Picnic starts in rain, but mood to turn sunny as clouds lift

THE rain has been pouring down since the early hours but that is not deterringeager Electric Picnic goers.

At the crack of dawn, the revellers began to arrive in their droves and have been streaming through the gates of Stradbally Estate in Laois in order to get their weekend off to a fun-filled start as soon as possible.

With rain macs zipped up and wellies on feet, thousands of ticket-holders have pitched their tents as they kick off their three-day festival adventure in style.

Despite the poor weather for day one of EP 2014, it has not dampened the spirits of the punters.

And rightly so, as Met Eireann predictions indicate the weekend will improve with every passing hour.

Showers

"Today is definitely the poorest of the three days weather-wise, due to showers and a strong breeze making it feel very cool, but there is a chance of some sun breaking through this evening," forecaster Siobhan Ryan told the Herald.

"Tonight the winds will ease off a little and it should become dry overnight.

"There will be rain and mist lingering, although not a huge amount of rain as we go into the weekend."

She predicted temperatures of between 17 and 20 degrees and said that revellers can expect the sun to make an appearance.

"Tomorrow is looking likely to be predominantly dry but cloudy, however there will be some breaks and the cloud will lift somewhat to add brightness," she said.

"There will be passing rain showers and the greatest risk is in the morning - but the winds are expected to ease off too, so it will not feel as cool."

Ticket holders will be pleased to hear the closing day of the Picnic will make for a very pleasant occasion.

"Temperatures will be shy of 20 degrees and it will certainly be the best day of the weekend," Ms Ryan said.

"There is a milder air mass across the country and overall a lot of dry weather particularly during day time hours.

"It could start off sunny and that will be more hazy as they day goes on."

Throngs

Excitement for the packed line-up has been building all summer and the throngs will not be disappointed as the event gets underway. There's something in the audience for everyone, be it music, food or poetry.

Performers include hit makers Outkast, power ballad queen Bonnie Tyler, Pet Shop Boys and Beck, while Love/Hate actor Aidan Gillen will be in the Literary Tent and top chef Derry Clarke willl serve up grub from his l'Ecrivain tasting menu.

For those travelling down, key junctions and points leading to Electric Picnic will be manned by gardaĆ­, while car parking is provided adjacent to the estate.

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