Severe weather strikes France

  • May 26, 2016 - Paris, France - ELINA SVITOLINA during her match vs. T. Townsend in the French Open. Credit Image: © Christopher Levy via ZUMA Wire.

    Covers being pulled on at Roland Garros due to bad weather. Credit Image: Jon Buckle/EMPICS Sport

  • Severe weather strikes France
    28.05.2016 16:12

    The French Open tennis competition is also known as Roland Garros and was named after a famous French World War 1 pilot. It started in 1891 and is usually held every year over two weeks between the end of May and the start of June. The competition is played on clay courts and is widely considered to be one of the most physically challenging venues. The French Open is one of the four Grand Slams (The others being Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open) and concludes the clay court season.

    As mentioned in detail in the last story on Weather Cast by my colleague Matt Dobson, the current conditions over France are perfect for thunderstorm development and unfavourable for tennis play. So far the French open has already been disrupted several times today (28/05/16) due to heavy thundery showers. Tomorrow the tournament looks under threat again, as further unsettled weather is forecast with frequent thundery showers and the risk of some torrential downpours. Monday's weather looks little better, with heavy rain expected for much of the day. Tuesday and Wednesday may also see delays to play as further rain is forecast. These delays of play may push back the end date of the competition by a significant margin.

    Here in the UK our Bank Holiday weekend is faring a little better, as it has been mainly dry so far with sunny spells, although there have been some thunderstorms in Wales and south-west England. Tomorrow (Sunday 29/05/16) will have a similar set up with most places staying dry with plenty of sunshine. However, a few showers are expected in south-east England, south-west England and Wales as well as north-west Scotland.  South-east England will also see winds freshen during the day which may hamper the otherwise perfect conditions for the rugby union test match between England and Wales.

    On Monday, the fine weather will begin to deteriorate as the rain which has been affecting France finally edges into south-east England. However other parts of the UK will stay largely dry and fine with sunny periods, albeit rather hazy sunshine at times.

    By: John Griffiths