Tennis fans keep a close eye on the weather forecast during the grand slam tournament
WIMBLEDON fans are set to have a close eye on the weather, praying that rain won’t affect the tournament.
Here’s what the forecast says about the weather for SW19 on the ninth day of the championships and the rest of the second week…
What is the weather forecast for day nine at Wimbledon 2017?
After yesterday’s rainy conditions, tennis fans will be happy to hear that it’s meant to stay dry throughout today (July 12).
Although it’s been a gloomy morning, things should be picking up this afternoon – with sunshine and highs of 20C.
According to the BBC weather website: “The afternoon and evening will see long sunny periods and light winds.”
But it’s probably a good idea to pack a jacket just in case.
What is the weather forecast for week two of Wimbledon 2017?
After a rainy Wednesday, Wimbledon should remain dry for the rest of the tournament.
It’s been a cooler few days than week one, where temperatures reached highs of 30C.
Thursday is predicted to be sunny – while Friday, Saturday and Sunday should be cloudy but dry.
The mercury, meanwhile, will peak on Sunday – with highs of 23C.
What happens if it rains during Wimbledon 2017?
If clouds gather over Wimbledon during the tournament and it starts to rain, the tournament referee will usually take the decision to suspend play on all the courts.
This sees the players having to head back to the locker rooms while the ground staff pull over the covers to keep the playing surfaces dry during the downpours.
On all courts apart from Centre Court, play will only begin again once the shower has passed and the surface has dried out.
But on Centre, they can call on the retractable roof to keep the players and spectators dry.
Once it starts to rain, ground staff pull on the covers and it then takes 10 minutes for the roof to fully close.
It then takes a further 20 minutes for the air conditioning system to get to optimum temperature and then play can begin once again.
A retractable roof is also being developed on Court No.1, which should be in operation for the 2019 championships.
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