Rio 2016: Olympics weather update

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  • Rio 2016: Olympics weather update
    11.08.2016 14:07


    As we near the halfway point of this year’s summer Olympics, it’s time to take a look at what the weather has in store and whether it might play a part in proceedings over the coming days. So far there have been rather variable conditions, with rain showers leading to treacherous conditions in the road cycle races and strong winds forcing the postponement of some water events. Indeed, the weather can play a major role in determining the outcome for Olympic hopefuls, and despite Rio experiencing the southern hemispheric winter at present there can still be hot conditions due to its location within the tropics.

    There is currently a large area of low pressure offshore in the southern Atlantic Ocean, and this is helping to promote a strong west to south-westerly wind along the Rio coastline. There have been reports of the wind being slightly subdued today, but there may be difficult conditions as the day progresses for outdoor events with one or two showers also possible. Over the next 24 hours, the low pressure area will drift eastwards further offshore which should aide the development of a high pressure zone near the south-east coast, in turn bringing improving conditions this weekend. Winds are expected to weaken whilst the temperature rises, and the threat of precipitation will also reduce. A day-by-day breakdown for Friday and the weekend is as follows:

    Friday 12th August:
    A fairly cool day for Rio with sunny spells and the threat of a few isolated showers, especially during the morning with a better chance of dry weather in the afternoon and evening. Winds will be moderate to fresh from a south-westerly direction. Temperatures will peak at around 23C (73F).

    Saturday 13th August:
    A largely dry day is in prospect with sunny periods and patchy cloud, with probably more hours of sunshine than recent days. Winds will be mostly gentle with a variable wind direction. Maximum temperatures are expected to be 24C (75F).

    Sunday 14th August:

    Dry and fine conditions look likely with long spells of sunshine, and it will also be warmer than of late with maximum temperatures near 28C (82F). There will also be a gentle north-easterly breeze.

    Into next week, the warmer conditions are expected to be maintained with winds often northerly, resulting in daily maxima in the high-20s. Whilst there will be plenty of dry weather, there’s every chance occasional showers could develop. Remember to download our app, WeatherPro, to keep up to date with the latest forecast.

    By: Nick Prebble