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Football, Rugby & Cricket

Football, rugby and cricket can be adversely affected by the weather if not planned for correctly. If weather elements are not considered in fixture planning this can cause safety and operational implications and possible match cancellations, disappointing players, supporters and event planners.

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Weather Challenges for Football, Rugby & Cricket:

  • Rainfall either prolonged or extreme can cause ground saturation if this is not anticipated and rain covers are not used, leading to match cancellations.
  • Drought can affect pitch quality and may require up to 15,000 litres (equivalent to 2mm of rain) to be sourced to water the turf.
  • Lightning risk can cause health and safety issues for players and supporters which may cause match postponement if deemed severe.
  • Wind can damage stadia and equipment around the event, particularly at height.
  • Ice & snow can cause stadia and training grounds to be unplayable if under soil heating is not utilised.
  • Fog can affect visibility for players, especially in cricket, causing  match delays or cancellations.
  • Temperature can affect equipment selection and player hydration strategy.
  • Sunlight has to be monitored in order to  manage pitch lighting.

The Met Office offers a range of services for football, rugby & cricket that mitigate the above weather risks to keep costs down, ensure the safety of all parties and improve the likelihood that matches are played:

VisualEyes™ for Sport Event Management

VisualEyes™ is our easy to use weather alert system for stadium operations managers, grounds managers, and health and safety teams.

Please visit our VisualEyes for Sports Events webpage for more information

Forecast Services

Location- specific Threshold Forecasts

Threshold forecasts highlight when you should pay most attention to the weather. You select the parameters and the thresholds that affect you. These forecasts can go out many days ahead and guidance can also give you recommendations to what to do when the significant weather hits your location.

Examples of the variables available include: temperatures, visibility, the probability of rain (amongst others).

Wind at Height Forecast

Wind at Height Forecasts are specifically produced for working at height and give a five day forecast of wind speed and direction at your specified operating height at your given location.

  • You set the wind height 
  • You set the wind warning threshold

In understanding the wind forecast you can plan work with confidence and ensure safe working conditions by identifying windows in the weather.

 Worried about more than just wind? Rain, lightning as well as wind at height forecasts are inbuilt into VisualEyes™.

Weather Consultancy

Talk to a forecaster

Our telephone consultancy service is designed for when you need to speak to an expert immediately, our forecasters are on hand 24/7, to give you additional reassurance and guidance.

  • Ask for any weather information or forecast for any land area in the U.K (international locations also available).
  • Direct telephone access to a weather forecaster 24 hours a day
  • Perfect for critical decision making

Embedded Forecaster

For very weather sensitive sports events that require constant on site monitoring and support, the Met Office can supply world leading forecasters for your event to provide the advice and guidance for crucial health, safety and operational decisions.

Weather Sensitivity Analysis

Our Weather Analytics team can help you to turn anecdotal views on performance into quantifiable knowledge for competitive advantage. Marginal gains in sport are becoming more and more valuable, for sports affected by weather; it is a stone that should not remain unturned.

We can help you to answer important questions such as:

  • 'How many people will attend the event in the certain weather conditions?'
  • 'What resources will be needed to serve the event audience?'
  • 'What preparation, clothing, strategies work best under which conditions?'
  • 'When was weather not a contributing factor to poor performance?'

This type of analysis can be produced in stages to test data before a deeper investigation, ultimately the level of granularity and investigation is tailored to your requirements.


MORECS is our nationwide modeled data of rainfall, evaporation and soil moisture. The analysis covers a variety of different soils and topography. Having this information at your fingertips will allow you to make informed decisions, helping you to manage resources.

Why use MORECS data in Sport?

  • Predict evaporation losses
  • Plan and assess pitch drainage and watering

MORECS parameters include:

  • Actual Evaporation
  • Potential Evaporation
  • Soil Moisture Deficit- For assessing field water capacity
  • Hydraulically Effective Rainfall- Rainfall that turns to runoff

The output can be for a single site of your choice with extremes going back to 1960. Data can be supplied in daily, weekly or monthly time periods along with long term averages for comparison.




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