Paralympic Opening Ceremony weather

The weather plays a major part in athletic events.

28 August 2012 - Wet and rather windy weather is forecast as the London 2012 Paralympic Torch makes its way across London ahead of the Opening Ceremony of the Games on Wednesday.

After a drier day for many on Tuesday with some good spells of sunshine, another area of low pressure will swing in from the Atlantic during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The Paralympic Torch Relay is likely to see some fairly wet conditions at times on Wednesday as showery rain, with the risk of thunder and strong winds spread across the UK during the day. However, the rain should ease later in the day and it should become mainly dry in time for the Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Park in the evening.

Martin Young, Met Office Chief Forecaster, said: "Wednesday will see showery rain push across the UK through the day, although the worst of the rain should gradually clear away through the evening to leave only a small risk of a shower affecting the ceremony.

"As competition gets underway on Thursday, showers, heavy at times, are likely across the Paralympic Games venues. Beyond this there are signs that fine weather will start to dominate across the south of the country as we head into the coming weekend."

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Last updated: 28 August 2012