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 finals this weekend.
Here’s what the forecast says about the weather for SW19 as the tennis tournament reaches its climax.
What is the weather forecast for the Wimbledon finals 2017?
After rainy conditions over the tournament, tennis fans will be happy to hear that it may stay dry throughout the weekend.
According to BBC Weather, Sunday ought ot reach reaching 23C with lows of 16C.
The BBC weather website estimates: “Occasionally warm or very warm with some sunshine on Sunday, especially in south.”
The men’s singles showdown and the mixed doubles final will held on the final day, Sunday July 16.
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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