2018 French Open: Storms, heat to mark opening rounds of tournament

By Courtney Spamer, AccuWeather meteorologist
By Adam Douty, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
May 29, 2018, 7:00:01 AM EDT

As the French Open continues, summerlike heat, showers and thunderstorms are expected bring more delays.

In addition to facing some challenging opponents, players and spectators will also need to deal with some difficult weather conditions.

Similar to last year's tournament, above-normal temperatures are expected.


Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka during their final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

"The start of the French Open will feature both above-normal warmth and humid conditions," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Richards.

Temperatures for the latter half of May in Paris are usually around 20 C (68 F), but afternoon highs will likely be well above that threshold through much of the week.

The afternoon highs are expected around 27 C (80 F) on Monday. Lower, but still above-normal temperatures are anticipated on Tuesday, with highs around 24 C (76 F).

With at least some sunshine in the forecast, AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures will rise in the upper 20s (middle 80s F) on Monday.

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Players and spectators alike should be sure to drink plenty of water in order to remain hydrated. Light-colored clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen are also suggested for those attending any of the matches.

The humidity in the air will also be enough for showers or thunderstorms to erupt each day through the middle of the week, especially during the afternoon.

"Showers and thunderstorms could be numerous enough to lead to some delays," added Richards.

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With all of the courts, including the center court, Court Philippe Chatrier, being uncovered, even a few showers could bring about a string of delays.

An expansion project, expected to be completed by 2020, will add a roof and more seats to Court Philippe Chatrier.

The unsettled pattern looks to continue through the latter half of the week, with shower and thunderstorm activity likely through the first week of the tournament. This means that there could be scattered rain or lightning delays for the first several rounds.

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