Weather and sport

The weather can have a huge impact on sports, as the UK's national weather service, we're always there when it matters, applying our science so that people can make the most of the weather.

The weather can have a huge impact on sports - from cycling to surfing, cricket to beach volleyball. As the UK's national weather service, we're always there when it matters, applying our science so that people can make the most of the weather.

Many sports are affected by the weather in some way and conditions are important to athletes and spectators alike. Sometimes the impact of weather on sport is clear for all to see. It can help or hinder - headwinds make running and cycling harder, while tailwinds help push us forward. Some world records are invalid if set under certain conditions.

Most of those participating in indoor sports like squash or badminton aren't too worried, but for sports like hockey or windsurfing, the weather is central to the entire event. On the whole, dry and settled conditions are favoured by most competitors in most sports. However, high temperatures can be challenging, significantly affecting the performance of athletes and, in extreme cases, can cause heat illnesses such as heat cramps and heat stroke.

Last updated: 13 May 2014