The Open Championship Weather

  • Umbrellas will be a familiar sight over the next few days. Photo: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport/PA Archive.

    Expected wind gusts through Friday and Saturday as modelled by ECMWF.

    Ground staff can expect a busy few days. Photo: Kenny Smith/PA Archive/Press Association Images.

  • The Open Championship Weather
    16.07.2015 14:46

    Today has seen the return of The Open Championship to the Old Course at St Andrews, one of the most coveted links courses in the world and a place that will be subject to a variety of weather conditions through the coming few days. Tee times may play a big part in determining the successor of this year’s Major winner, especially taking into account the likelihood of rain and strong winds affecting the tournament periodically.

    St Andrews lies on the east coast of Fife in Scotland, a peninsula buffered by the Firth of Tay to the north and the Firth of Forth to the south. This location affords little protection from easterly, southerly or even south-westerly winds, and should the wind become too strong then the score cards will begin to suffer. Friday in particular is looking to be blustery with heavy overnight rain lingering through the first part of the morning. This frontal rainfall is in association with a deep low pressure system tracking close to western Scotland, which in turn will bring strong south-easterly winds for a time. As the rain starts to clear around late morning the winds will veer south-westerly, gusting close to 40mph and bringing the chance of a few afternoon showers, but there should be sunny intervals breaking through too. For the late tee-offs, thickening cloud will herald the arrival of steadier rain again during the evening making conditions unpleasant for players trying to make the cut.

    The low pressure system will be centred close to the Northern Isles on Saturday driving a strong west to south-westerly wind over the course, and an occluded front will bring the threat of showery rain at times as it circulates around the depression. All in all it makes for a challenging day for those players looking to build a head of steam into the final day.

    The forecast for Sunday looks to be a day of two halves, with mainly dry conditions likely for much of the morning. However, the next Atlantic low is expected to track close to the west coast of Ireland as the day progresses, with its associated fronts bringing the threat of rain from around midday onwards. This may lead to the scenario of the leading groups teeing off during the afternoon in the wet conditions, perhaps ensuring a few twists and turns on the road to the lifting of the Claret Jug.


    By: Nick Prebble