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  • The final views of Centre Court can be seen on Sunday. Photo: Gemma Plumb

    Who will be the one to cross the finishing line at Sunday's British Grand Prix?

    The Tour de France heads to greater heights this weekend. Photo: Associated Press

  • Super Sunday!
    09.07.2016 14:10


    It would be an understatement to suggest that Summer 2016 has been rather changeable so far, with no prolonged spells of warm and sunny weather to be had. Now that we are into July and past the summer solstice, we are climatologically heading towards the warmest part of the year. But will the weather ‘play ball’ this weekend across the UK and on the continent, with various important sporting events taking place?

    With the ladies singles, and some doubles finals taking place today (Saturday), the weather is expected to remain dry in south-west London with no weather-related interruptions to play anticipated. There will be a fair amount of cloud around and temperatures are fairly average, peaking at around 23C.

    Sunday then sees Murray take on underdog Raonic in the men’s singles final, with the action beginning at 1400 BST. Despite a small risk of a shower during the first part of Sunday, there will be a tendency for cloud to break up and allow for a generally dry afternoon with spells of sunshine in SW19. Similar to Saturday, temperatures are set to peak around 22/23C, although there will be a reduction in humidity, making conditions more comfortable both for the players and the spectators. There will be a noticeable south-westerly breeze, although this shouldn’t be felt as strongly within the confines of Centre Court.

    The annual F1 British Grand Prix will take place on Sunday afternoon, with crowds of fans gathering in Northamptonshire to watch the race at Silverstone, with the main race taking place between 1300 and 1500 BST. After a cloudy and potentially damp morning, the weather will slowly improve during the race with any remaining showers tending to clear and with sunshine breaking through the cloud. Temperatures are expected to reach around 20C, although could climb a degree or two higher later in the afternoon.

    The 2016 UEFA European Championships come to a climax on Sunday with thousands of football fans flocking to the northern Parisian suburbs to watch Portugal and host nation France battle it out to take the trophy. The match kicks off at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis at 2000 BST (2100 French local time). Unlike the unremarkable temperatures we’ve been experiencing here in the UK, the temperature in Paris is set to hit 30C on Sunday with sunny skies and a gentle breeze. However, with sunset taking place during half time at Saint-Denis, the real heat of the day will have started to abate, much to the appreciation of the players. During the game itself, weather conditions will remain fine with largely clear skies and temperatures falling to around 21-24C.

    The Tour de France is now into the first mountainous segment of the 21-stage event, with the cyclists travelling from Pau to Bagnères-de-Luchon on Saturday before crossing international borders into Vielha Val d'Aran in Spain on Sunday and reaching Andorra-Arcalis in Andorra to round off the weekend. Compared to the hot sunshine across swathes of France, conditions will be quite different as the cyclists reach higher terrain. Temperatures will reduce from the low 30s Celsius in the lowlands to a much fresher 20C in the Pyrenees and this won’t be the only change in conditions. Heavy showers are likely to break out during the course of the afternoon, perhaps torrential in places with the risk of thunder and lightning, leading to potentially hazardous conditions for the athletes.

    After all the action this weekend, how will the weather fare as we head into the new working week? Here in the UK, showery rain will track southwards on Monday, becoming largely confined to southern England during the afternoon. Brighter conditions further north, albeit with a few showers in the far north-west. A relatively cool north-westerly flow will then remain in place for a few days with temperatures struggling to reach average values and the risk of a few showers from time to time.

    However, there are early signs of some summery weather towards the weekend. Current weather models suggest that high pressure will become established over the UK on Friday 15th before slipping eastwards on Saturday. Should this occur, a warm southerly airflow will develop and with some decent sunny periods, this could be our first true taste of summer. 

    By: John Lee