Monday, June 5, 2017

Cool, wet weather to make appearance at French Open on Tuesday

By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
By Eric Leister, AccuWeather meteorologist
June 5,2017, 10:51:33AM,EDT

The coolest air of the tournament will settle over the French Open on Tuesday. Temperatures will peak at 17 C (63 F), well below the seasonal average of 22 C (71 F).
Along with the cooler air, there will be the threat of showers and an isolated thunderstorm throughout the day which could threaten play.
The French Open is the only tournament in the Grand Slam system that plays on a clay court, and various weather conditions can have a huge impact. Any amount of rain or moisture can drastically change how the court plays.
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"If the court is damp and cool, the court plays slower. Tennis balls get heavier and the overall conditions slow down," AccuWeather Chief Video Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said.
They will still play if it's raining, as long as it's light rain, Rayno added.
While rain is not expected to fall for all of Tuesday, several bouts of rain may cross the city leading to opportunities for delays.
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Another impact to play will be strong winds which could be a struggle at times even for the world's best players.
Southwest to west winds will blow at 30-50 km/h (20-30 mph) throughout the day with occasional gusts to near 65 km/h (40 mph).
Blustery winds will continue into Wednesday with gusts peaking around 50 km/h (30 mph).
These gusty winds will keep it feeling cool as temperatures remain below normal with a high near 19 C (66 F).
Dry and warmer weather is expected from Thursday into Saturday.
The heat may become uncomfortable for both players and spectators this weekend as temperatures approach 30 C (86 F) both days.
While dry weather is expected to hold on Saturday, there will be a chance for a thunderstorm on Sunday during the final day of play.

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