By Eric Leister, AccuWeather meteorologist
By Adam Douty, AccuWeather meteorologist
July 9,2017, 11:39:01AM,EDT
Following a sweltering end to the first week of play at Wimbledon, refreshing temperatures will be threatened by rounds of rainfall for week two.
“More unsettled weather is in the forecast when play resumes this week,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Courtney Spamer.
When players take to the courts on Monday, a cold front passing through the United Kingdom will keep temperatures closer to average and bring the threat of rainfall.
Scattered showers, some thundery, will threaten to interrupt play, though temperatures will be more comfortable with a high near 25 C (77 F).
Brief but heavy downpours are possible and can produce a quick 10-20 mm (0.40-0.80 of an inch) of rain.
Weather conditions are not expected to improve on Tuesday as a depression approaches the United Kingdom. Showery spells will become more common and, depending on the track and speed of the depression, lengthier spells of rain or thundershowers may develop during the afternoon.
High pressure will bring drier weather to the tournament from Wednesday into Friday as temperatures remain seasonable.
Increased warmth and the threat for rainfall are both expected for championship weekend.
While Centre Court has a retractable roof, the other 18 championship courts and 22 practice courts at the All England Club remain open to the elements, thus leaving the start and completion times of some matches in the hands of Mother Nature.
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Closing the roof on Centre Court and creating the proper playing conditions can result in a 30- to 40-minute delay.
Wimbledon says that since 1922, only seven tournaments have experienced no weather delays. The last rain-free tournament came in 2010.
The wettest tournament was 1991 with 69.8 mm (2.75 inches) of rainfall reported while a thunderstorm produced more than 25 mm (1 inch) of rain in 20 minutes in 1985, according to the Met Office.
The second week looks to end on a pleasant and drier note as the tournament continues.