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Wimbledon 2022: Weather forecast, rain delays, roof

Seeing the umbrellas go up at Wimbledon is part of the great British summer tradition – but will we see it some more over the next fortnight?

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 27, 2022 General view of outside courts covered as rain stops play || 234657_0109

The first days’ play at Wimbledon in 2022 have been interrupted by rain. Here we take a look at how the weather affects the Championships – and whether we are likely to see more covers on courts in the days to come.

What is the weather forecast like for Wimbledon 2022?

Thursday 30th June is likely to have some rain overnight, and possibly in the early evening. After that, the weather forecast for Wimbledon 2022 looks pretty good, with sun and relatively warm conditions.

Why can’t play continue in the rain?

Play can’t continue when it’s raining at Wimbledon because grass courts get very slippery when they are wet, and it would be dangerous for the players.

What time does play finish at Wimbledon?

If the weather conditions are fine and the light is still good enough for players to see the ball, play is likely to continue to around 9pm every evening. With some sunny days forecast, this bodes well for the outside courts, where there isn’t a roof or floodlights.

Which courts at Wimbledon have roofs and floodlights?

Centre Court at Wimbledon has a retractable roof as well as floodlights, as does No 1 Court.

Centre Court officially unveiled its roof in 2009, while No 1 Court added one in 2019.

Why can’t play go on into the early hours of the morning at Wimbledon?

Although the roof and floodlights would permit play to go on in the dark, there is an 11pm BST curfew at Wimbledon, imposed by the council. The Wimbledon complex is close to a residential area, plus transport links are reduced overnight.

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