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    Rain Forces Delays, Cancellations at Wimbledon

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
    June 30, 2014, 12:33:30 AM EDT

    While dry weather prevailed for the start of the Wimbledon Championships, rain has caused delays and cancellations on Saturday.

    A slow-moving storm system that returned a bit of rain to London starting on Thursday brought rain and a thunderstorm to the All England Club on Saturday.

    Spottier showers followed for Saturday night.

    Officials were forced to delay play and even cancel some matches on Saturday.

    According to the UK Met Office, only five tournaments in the 127-year history of Wimbledon has escaped rain with the last such year being 1993.

    The unsettled weather and accompanying clouds held temperatures to a more seasonable high of the upper 60s F (lower 20s C) on Saturday, preventing a repeat of the early week warmth that sent temperatures to the upper 70s F (around 25 C).

    Temperatures dropped as the showers commenced midday on Saturday.

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    Even though the Centre Court roof will keep matches going through any adverse weather, AccuWeather.com Eric Leister reported that it will create a different environment for players.

    Tennis Channel analyst Justin Gimelstob noted, "When the roof closes, Wimbledon becomes an indoor event with a completely controlled environment, no sun nor wind which favors the more aggressive player."


    After a break in play on Sunday, there will be fewer chances for delays at Wimbledon early next week.

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