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London: wet summer Games ahead?


Will the cool, wet weather stick around for the Games? (iStockphoto)
Will the cool, wet weather stick around for the Games? (iStockphoto)

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

July 12, 2012 — It was the UK's wettest June on record. And with no end to the soggy weather in sight, organizers, visitors and athletes could be facing a wet Summer Games.

Conditions were also soggy at times during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June
Conditions were also soggy at times during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June

The official start of the London 2012 Summer Games is two weeks away.†

And while it's a little early to forecast the weather for the event with certainty, some are concerned about the city's recent conditions.†

In June, double the average amount of rain fell across the United Kingdom, making it the wettest June since records began in 1910. It was also the second dullest June on record with just 119.2 hours of sunshine. To top it all off, it was also the coolest June since 1991 with a mean temperature of 12.3 deg C.†

Most residents hoped that conditions would improve in July, but so far it has been a similar trend. And the forecast for London over the next week shows more rain likely each day.†

So, what does this mean for the Olympic Games?

Most venues have roofs or covers over them, but some, including Olympic Stadium, will not remain completely dry if the rain comes down. Events at most risk of being affected include tennis at Wimbledon, BMX biking, rowing, sailing and beach volleyball.

Organizers of the games have ordered 250,000 ponchos to sell to spectators. Olympic ticket-holders will be denied refunds if events are called off, but will be given the option to see the rescheduled event.†

Still, the Met Office, Britainís national forecaster, has insisted that the wet start to July does not necessarily mean that it will rain during the Olympics, from July 27 to August†12.†

To stay on top of the weather conditions expected, be sure to check out our London Forecast.†

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