10 Fun Wimbledon Tennis Weather Facts
Wimbledon Weather Facts
by Sarah & Rob
It’s Wimbledon fortnight and it’s fair to say (or perhaps not - looking at the stats below) Wimbledon is often associated with rain stopping play! Here’s our collection of favourite Wimbledon Weather facts…
- The warmest Wimbledon tournament on record was in 1976 when temperatures averaged 25C
- The hottest Wimbledon day was on 1st July 2015 when temperatures reached a sweltering 35C
- The wettest year on record was in 1997 when 118.3mm of rain was recorded
- The coldest ever Wimbledon was in 1999 when temperatures reached a chilly 4.9C
- 1985 was famous year in the Championships as it saw a storm hit Wimbledon with an inch of rain falling in just 20 minutes!
- The championships recorded as being without rain interruptions since 1922 are: 1931, 1976, 1977, 1993, 1995, 2009, 2010
- Cliff Richard famously sang to the crowd in 1996 when rain brought play to a close, 13 years before the roof was installed!
- The retractable roof was opened for the 2009 tournament and takes 10 minutes to close fully once it starts raining
- Once the roof is closed, eight litres of fresh air per second, per person is pumped into the court to manage the environment!
- 7,500 Wimbledon umbrellas would be needed to cover the same area as the retractable roof!
The good news for 2017 tournament is that despite a wet start, the weather is looking to be warm and cloudy with possibilities of thundery showers on Thursday.
Enjoy the tennis!