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 middle Saturday, the seventh day of the championships and the second week…
What is the weather forecast for day seven at Wimbledon 2017?
A mainly dry morning is expected, with some warm sunny spells developing.
According to the BBC weather website, “scattered showers are likely to develop in the afternoon, these perhaps turning heavy with some thundery downpours.”
It won’t be quite as warm as yesterday – with highs of 23C – but still remember to bring a bottle of water and sunscreen if you’re watching the matches outdoors.
But what is the weather looking like for the rest of the tournament?
What is the weather forecast for week two of Wimbledon 2017?
It’s been a roasting few days at Wimbledon, with temperatures hitting 30C plus.
Forecasters remain hopeful that the weather will remain dry at Wimbledon for the rest of the tournament.
Things will be cooling off slightly during the second week, with highs of 23C, and more cloud than the blazing sunshine of the first week.
But, as it stands, Tuesday afternoon and evening are the only main times predicted to have rain – which is good news for tennis fans.
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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