13 August 2012 - The hugely successful London 2012 Olympics have come to an end but the Met Office is already looking ahead to the Paralympics to once again provide world class forecasts to help everyone make the most of the games.
Throughout the Olympics the Met Office has kept organisers, coaches, athletes and the public up-to-date with the very latest weather forecasts and information to help minimise the impact of the weather.
Dedicated on-site forecasters will be based in London, Weymouth and Eton Dorney, staying in close contact with organisers at each venue.
This service proved invaluable during the Olympics. For example, Andy Murray's gold medal win against Roger Federer went ahead on Wimbledon's Centre Court with the roof off after Met Office forecasters predicted a dry spell following on from a morning of rain showers.
Cora Zillich, LOCOG spokeswoman based at the Eton Dorney rowing venue, said: "Here at Eton Dorney we have worked very closely with colleagues at the Met Office to support the race scheduling. The advice we received on Saturday (5 August) was absolutely spot on, to allow us to complete a successful day's racing on schedule."
Weather statistics for the Olympics show the main venues enjoyed typically British weather, with a mixture of sunshine, occasional showers and pleasant temperatures. In fact, it rained only about 5% of the time at our weather station in St James's Park during the games.
Met Office statistics for the period from 28 July to 12 August, together with comparisons to the long-term average, show:
Throughout the Paralympics you can see forecasts for individual events on our events pages, read about what we're doing to keep everyone up-to-date on the weather on our Paralympics pages, and check our latest forecasts across the UK on our website, on our iPhone and Android apps, and through our broadcast partners on the BBC and ITV.
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Last updated: 30 July 2015