Weather and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

As the UK's national weather service, the Met Office played an important role in supporting London 2012.

Building on success

"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 was absolutely spot on, to allow us to complete a successful day's racing on schedule.". Cora Zillich, LOCOG spokeswoman.

Following on the success of forecasting for the London 2012 Olympic games, we also provided the same outstanding support to the Paralympic games.


Working with LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) the Met Office provided essential weather information for planning and logistics over the two years leading up to the Games.


Throughout the planning and construction of event venues, the Met Office was on hand to support logistics and advise on long term average weather conditions at these locations. Maximum and minimum temperature, rainfall, sunshine hours, wind speed and direction all have a bearing on how venues and athletes perform. This information was also made available as a series of infographics.

Safety and support

As we drew closer to the start of the paralympic games, our involvement and support increased, not just for the competing athletes and their coaches, but also for visitors and those responsible for transporting and ensuring the safety of huge numbers of visitors and tourists from overseas. Our services supported the safe and timely arrival of international flights and ferry crossings as well as local authorities, emergency services and the UK government.

Detailed weather forecasts

We provided detailed local weather forecasts, from one to thirty days ahead, for 5,000 sites around the UK via our  homepage, weather apps and media partners at  ITV and the BBC.

Specialist knowledge

To add specialist knowledge and expertise, the Met Office had forecasters on site across the Paralympic venues throughout the games. We also had weather experts available in London for media interviews throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We posted regular event specific forecasts on our events pages to help visitors plan their travel and prepare for anything the Great British Summer brought to the proceedings.

  • Para-equestrian dressage
    Paralympic equestrian Debbie Criddle explains her preparation.

  • Hockey and the weather
    An interview with GB women's hockey player Maddie Hinch.

  • Triathlon and the weather
    Professional triathlete Todd Leckie talks about his training.

  • Archery and the weather
    Olympic archer Mike Peart talks about how modern technology can help beat Mother Nature

  • Windsurfing
    Weather can massively affect windsurfing.

  • Road cycling
    All Olympic cyclists will be taking note of the forecast before they put the finishing touches to their cycling race plan.

  • Sailing
    When it comes to sailing, knowing what the wind and sea are doing is everything.

Last updated: 4 December 2015

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