6 nations weather forecast

  • The captains of the 6 competing teams will all hope to be the one holding the trophy after the 5 rounds of fixtures. Photo: Andrew Matthews / PA Archive/Press Association Images.

    24 hour rainfall totals forecast for Cardiff and Paris through Saturday 13th February 2016. Photo: MeteoGroup.

    24 hour rainfall totals forecast for Rome through Sunday 14th February 2016.

  • 6 nations weather forecast
    11.02.2016 14:38

    This weekend sees the second round of fixtures in the 2016 Rugby Six Nations Championships, but what weather conditions can the players and those supporters luckily enough to have a ticket for the matches expect?

    The first of the weekend's games sees Ireland travel to Paris to take on France in the Stade de France on Saturday. Following what is expected to be a cloudy morning with outbreaks of heavy rain, some brighter intervals are likely to develop in time for kick off at 15:25 local time but with showers too. Some of the showers could be heavy and there is the small risk of the odd rumble of thunder. It will feel rather cold in the rain and a strengthening south-westerly wind, with temperatures peaking at around 9C.

    The Saturday evening match sees Wales, who drew their first game of the tournament against Ireland, host Scotland. Unfortunately for those heading to the game, it is forecast to be a cold and rather wet day with pulses of rain and a brisk wind - perhaps a day when the retractable roof gets some use. The rain is likely to ease in intensity by the end of the match but with damp conditions persisting well into the evening. A high of just 6C is expected in Cardiff on Saturday.

    In the final fixture of the weekend on Sunday, England will be hoping to make it two wins out of two as they compete with Italy in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Deep low pressure troughing across Italy is expected to give very unsettled conditions for this match with heavy, and potentially thundery, rain. Despite the rain, temperatures should reach around 15C which is around the seasonal average for Rome.

    So, if you're attending any of these matches this weekend, it may be a good idea to wear waterproofs to the match with all fixtures likely to see some rain. Warm clothing would also be advisable for the matches in Cardiff and Paris.

    By: Andy Ratcliffe