Home to the London 2012 rowing, Paralympic rowing and canoe sprint events, Eton Dorney is a world-class venue with events taking place between 28 July and 2 September.
The Met Office observation site at Eton Dorney was first installed in 2007. Historical records show that daytime temperatures in the summer months generally rise to the low 20 °Cs. As is typical of weather patterns in the UK, the prevailing wind is south-westerly.
Rowers and canoeists favour light winds and warm temperatures to make decent progress through the water. The lake itself lies northwest-southeast, so the prevailing crosswind could be challenging to the Olympic and Paralympic athletes, particularly on a blustery day. On calm, clear and cool nights, mist and fog is likely, giving a murky start for early morning training sessions.
The circle below represents the direction the wind was blowing over July, August, and September over a 10 year average from 2001-2011. The segments count the percentage of hours in the day where the wind was blowing from that direction.
Last updated: 27 June 2012