British Open Weather Forecast: Thursday storms could wallop Portrush in Round 1
The 2019 British Open finally gets underway on Thursday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. While the weather has been nice early in the week, the British Open weather forecast for the opening round is not looking good. It appears any dreams of a sunny, cloudless tournament will have to wait another year. Check out the latest British Open weather forecast for Thursday’s first round below.
British Open Weather Forecast: Thursday’s First Round
The first group tees off for the first round at Royal Portrush at 6:35 a.m. local time (1:35 a.m. ET). But already at that early hour the weather will have begun to deteriorate, according to the hourly forecast on Weather.com.
Between 6 and 7 a.m. local time, the chance of precipitation will increase from 15% to 30%, and winds will tick up from 10 mph to 12 mph. With temperatures stubbornly hanging in the mid- to low-50s (F), it’s going to be a cold, wet start for the early groupings.
While the temperatures will rise slightly to the low-60s by midday, the rain and wind will only get worse. Players can expect of 50-60% chance of rain at its worst, with winds picking up to 15 mph. That might not sound like a lot of wind, but with the difficult tight and rolling terrain dotted with gorse at Portrush, expect to see some breeze-induced disasters.
British Open Weather Forecast: Friday-Saturday
Any players hoping to get some relief from the wind and rain after Thursday will likely be disappointed when they look at what’s predicted to occur in the skies over Portrush.
The British Open weather forecast for Friday through Sunday isn’t any better than the Thursday forecast. The best golfers in the world will continue to face 60% of light rain on Friday and Saturday, with winds holding steady in the low double digits.
As of now, it appears that Mother Nature is saving the worst conditions for the final round at the British Open. The weather forecast for Sunday calls for an increased 70% of rain, with morning showers turning into a light rain in the afternoon, buffeted all day by 15 mph winds.
While the players might be dismayed by such a dire British Open weather forecast, viewers at home shouldn’t be. Links courses like Royal Portrush count on poor weather to help defend against top players. And, after all, it wouldn’t be the British Open without a little wind and rain having their say.
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