Weather and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

As the UK's national weather service, the Met Office has an important role to play in support of 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.

Building on the success of forecasting for the London 2012 Olympic games, our focus is now directed to providing the same outstanding support to the Paralympic games due to start on 29 August.

LOCOG

Working with LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) the Met Office has been providing essential weather information for planning and logistics over the past two years.

Venues

Throughout the planning and construction of event venues, the Met Office has been 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 will all have a bearing on how venues and athletes perform. This information is now available as a series of infographics.

Safety and support

As we draw closer to the start of the paralympic games, our involvement and support increases, 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 will be supporting 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

As always we will be providing 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 will have forecasters on site across the Paralympic venues throughout the games. We will also have weather experts available in London for media interviews throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We will also be posting regular event specific forecasts on our events pages to help visitors plan their travel and prepare for anything a Great British Summer is likely to bring to the proceedings.

  • Para-equestrian dressage
    Paralympic equestrian Debbie Criddle talks about how knowing the weather can help her prepare.

  • Hockey and the weather
    Hockey and the weather. An interview with professional womens hockey player Maddie Hinch.

  • Triathlon and the weather
    Professional triathlete Todd Leckie stays ahead of the pack by using the weather forecast to plan his race day training.

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

  • Windsurfing
    Windsurfing "the weather will affect your first, and all future, sessions on the water".

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

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

Last updated: 26 March 2014

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