Open Golf Championship

The Met Office provides forecasts to the R&A for the Open Championships.

The biggest names in the world of golf once again head to Scotland this July, as Muirfield hosts the 2013 Open Championship.

The biggest golfing stars, as well as thousands upon thousands of fans, will converge on Muirfield between 18-21 July for the world's oldest major golf championship, and the only championship of the four majors to be held outside the US.

Despite being six shots behind in the back nine of the final round, Ernie Els emerged victorious at Royal Lytham & St Annes last year to claim his second Claret Jug. Els will be looking to join an elite group of 16 golfers who have won successive Opens, though he will be facing stiff competition with the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and last year's runner-up Adam Scott, in the field.

Last year's Open Championship took place at Royal Lytham and St Annes course on the Lancashire coast.

Check the five day weather forecast for Muirfield before heading to the course to see the Open Championships.

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Forecast

18-21 July - Check the weather forecast before heading to Muirfield for the Open Golf Championship.

Whilst Scotland has dominated The British Open since it was first held in 1860 at Prestwick, with Scots winning the first 28 Open Championships, it has been the Americans who have been celebrating Open success in recent years. Darren Clarke ended a 12 year drought for a British winner in 2011 before South Africa's Ernie Els picked up the Claret Jug in 2012.

Golf and the weather

The Open Championship is always played on traditional links courses. Being on the coast they are renowned for hard, fast fairways which come from sunny days and drying winds. This makes for challenging competition, which can be accentuated by the typical British weather elements of wind, rain, fog or thunderstorms.

Muirfield is home to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers - one of the oldest golf clubs in the world - who moved to the course in 1891. It has hosted the Open Championships 15 times, most recently in 2002 when Ernie Els won the Claret Jug. The course is considered by many to be the fairest of all the Open venues owing to the absence of the hidden bunkers and quirky bounces that are common to other links courses.

Rain makes conditions unpleasant for players and spectators alike, and can stop a competition if the greens and fairways flood. But it is thunderstorms that spell danger; lightning poses a significant risk to everyone on the course and play has to be suspended until the storm passes.

For further information about the Open visit the  Open golf official website.

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