Sunday, June 11, 2017

Building warmth to add to challenges for players in French Open finals

By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
June 11,2017, 10:20:37AM,EDT
Players battling for the French Open trophy this weekend will not only face challenging opponents but also building summer warmth.
After Friday turned out to be one of the nicest days of the tournament, high pressure building to the east will open the door for warmer air to surge in from the southwest this weekend.
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Temperatures will climb to near 27 C (80 F) on Saturday before topping out at 30 C (86 F) on Sunday. A high of 22 C (72 F) is more common this time of year.
Sunscreen and sunglasses will be a necessity on Saturday as abundant sunshine bakes the courts.
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Anyone headed to Stade Roland Garros to watch Jelena Ostapenko face Simona Halep in the Women's Singles Final is also encouraged to drink plenty of water and wear light-colored clothing.
The same can be said for the Men's Singles Final on Sunday.
An uptick in humidity will also accompany Sunday's warmth, which may add to the discomfort level for players and fans on the tournament's final day.
AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures will climb to near 32 C (90 F) in the afternoon.
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Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko celebrates winning her semifinal match against Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in three sets, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3, of the French Open tennis tournament on Thursday, 8 June 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
While an increase in clouds will provide some shade on Sunday, there will still be enough sunshine filtering through that sunscreen will once again be needed.
Spotty thunderstorms will develop ahead of a cold front in northern France on Sunday afternoon. Odds favor the thunderstorms missing Stade Roland Garros.

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