Gusty Winds for NFL Game in London

By Courtney Spamer, Meteorologist
October 27, 2013; 8:42 AM
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The NFL jumps the pond for the second game of the season in Wembley Stadium and both teams will be greeted by gusty winds.

The match Sunday evening, local time, will be between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the San Francisco 49ers.

In terms of the weather, there is both good and bad news for both the teams involved and their fans making the trip to the game.

Western Europe has been in an active weather pattern for the past few weeks, with storm after storm bringing rain to Spain, France, Portugal, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

The steadiest rain headed to London will wait until after the game to arrive. However, there will still be a passing shower or two leading up to and during the game.

The partially closed roof overhead will give some protection from any rainfall for both the players and the 86,000 fans in the stadium.

Wind will be the main issue for any spectators and tailgaters with gusts of 30 to 40 mph throughout the afternoon.

Kickoff temperatures will be about average for this time of year in London, settling in the mid-50s. However, in combination with the gusting winds and rain, it will feel more like the upper 40s.

These strong winds will continue from kickoff through the end of the game and will frequently gust between 30 and 40 mph.

Detailed Forecast for London
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An area of low pressure will quickly approach from the west during the game, leading to a soaking rain and strong wind gusts after the game. However, it could still impact people traveling after the game and any fans venturing into London post game.

This is the second game that the United Kingdom has hosted so far this season. The first contest in Wembley Stadium was on Sept. 29, with a match between the Minnesota Vikings and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Minnesota won the game 34-27.


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