Great Britain is a rainier country than Poland – officially it receives an average of 557 mm of precipitation annually, compared to 510 mm in Poland. Statistics overestimate Scotland at around 700 mm per year, although Cardiff in Wales is the wettest city in Great Britain, with average rainfall exceeding 1100 mm. Wimbledon and surrounding areas are also very rainy, and July is the wettest month in the UK.
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When the first Wimbledon Championships began on July 9, 1877, the organizers did not realize that they were organizing it not only at the warmest time, but also at the driest time of the year. The rain has already stopped for that edition, and according to event statistics just cited by the event’s organizers, in its 150-year history, we’ve only had eight tournaments without rain – in 1931, 1976, 1977, 1993, 1995, 2009 and 2010 and 2019. Even during the record-breaking July 1911, when England experienced 384 hours of sunshine, Wimbledon was halted.
As you can see from the stats, we’ve had the driest Wimbledon in the last 30 years, when climate change was most noticeable. Britain is also suffering from drought and climate change. This year the rain has already fallen, and Wimbledon has been suspended several times – Including the duels of Hubert Hurkacz if Maja Shualinska.
Wimbledon organizers state that in the history of the tournament there have been 32 days during which no matches were played – the last time was in 2004, when the tradition of Middle Sunday was broken. Now it is almost impossible, because two Wimbledon courts have retractable roofs.
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According to forecasts, a sunny Tuesday is expected at Wimbledon, but Wednesday and Thursday will bring more rain.
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