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Extreme hot weather to affect Australian Open Tennis finals

Felix Levesque, Monday January 27, 2020 - 10:47 EDT

With Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic getting through to the quarterfinals yesterday, and a big clash between Australian Nick Kyrgios and Men’s Singles World Number One Rafael Nadal tonight, many big names in the tennis world, as well as fans in Melbourne, can expect extreme weather to affect the later rounds of the tournament this week.


The coming days will bring ideal tennis playing conditions for the remainder of the 4th round, and the quarterfinal. Today will top at 23 degrees in Melbourne, a few degrees below average, with a mostly sunny morning and increasing afternoon clouds. Evening matches can also expect temperatures in the high-teens, with clouds lingering. Tuesday will see similar temperatures, while skies should remain mostly clear, along with light and variable winds. Temperatures look too cool to the mid-to-high teens in the evening. Wednesday will see pristine conditions for the remainder of the quarter finals, with peak temperatures just above average at 28 degrees, mostly clear skies and light winds. Evening temperatures also look to remain above 20 until the late hours.


Men and women can expect an added challenge through the semifinal rounds. Temperatures are expected to climb to the high-30’s and low-40’s as a low pressure trough draws in a very hot airmass into the southeast. Thursday and Friday will see peak temperatures of 37 and 41 degrees respectively, while remaining sunny with gusty northerly winds pushing heat into the city. Although players with evening draws will be grateful to avoid the intense Australian sun, the heat will linger greatly into the evening. The first evening match can expect temperatures to remain in the 30’s on both days, while the late-evening draw will see temperatures in the mid-to-high 20’s.


Temperatures will remain elevated on Saturday when we crown an event champion on the women’s side. Saturday looks to be limited to the mid 30’s. However, added cloud cover, a high chance of showers, a risk of thunderstorms and increased humidity will make the day feel very uncomfortable and travels to-and-from the tennis ground a bit more difficult. A cooling southerly change is however expected in the afternoon, which should bring temperatures down to the mid-to-low 20’s in the evening.


The weather for the men’s final will be a drastic contrast to the weeks events. A cold top of 21 degrees on Sunday is expected with the chance of morning showers, possible storms and cool south-to-southwesterly winds persisting through the day. Temperatures look to be in the high teens for any evening activity. A windbreak and some hefty socks might be advisable to anyone assisting the crowning of the men’s event champion, rather than the singlet, hat and lots of sunscreen recommended on the previous days.

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