Showers have pestered Wimbledon this week and it’s been a little cool at times. The air hasn’t been especially warm, coming in off the Atlantic with temperatures around 21C (70F) in London. That will have felt warm enough in direct sunshine. It is strong at this time of year for the spectators on the outside courts and for half the court when the roof is open. There are signs that the shower threat will fade during the weekend and Week Two looks fine and warmer at SW19.
Thursday’s action started with Centre Court and Court 1 under closed roofs. If a match starts with the roof closed, it has to end with the roof closed, that is the rule. The roof takes about 10 minutes to close but then an additional 30 minutes for the air-conditioned atmosphere to acclimatise. This can lead to players having to continue with brilliant sunshine beyond the roof and building heat. Katie Boulter pleased British fans on Centre Court with her win and Rafa Nadal has just headed out to an open roof.
Rather than low pressure feeding showers in from the south and west, as we’ve seen this week, high pressure will build in and settle the weather down.
Friday- a lot of fine, bright even sunny weather through the day with a low risk of a shower. There are still showers about for Greater London but the focus looks like it should pass over north London.20C with very light winds.
Saturday- another fine, sunny day. It should stay dry but there will be a line of heavier showers working its way across southern England. Hopefully, this will fade or only reach SW London too late in the day. 22C with a light breeze.
There will be play on Middle Sunday this year. Scheduled for the very first time with the fourth round spread over two days for 2022. The weather looks fine perhaps a little more cloud about but again 20C with very high pollen.
The flow across the UK veers around to the northwest which offers plenty of shelter for London but it will feel cool by night and first thing in the morning for those joining the queue or even camping overnight.
Next week, as the high continues to take hold, there looks to be plenty of fine, bright weather with warm sunny spells and temperatures beginning to creep up into the mid 20s Celsius. Not hot, but warmer for all.