When some of the world’s finest tennis players converge in Paris for the French Open starting this weekend, expect the word “hot’’ to be on everyone’s lips.
Yes you read it right, it’s H-O-T!
That may refer to an entry making waves in the tournament but on the literal point of view, it will be associated with the weather expected to prevail for the duration of the 116th staging of the Grand Slam event.
This because weathermen expect Paris to experience summer-like warmth this month and maybe a little beyond.
That condition will continue to prevail in the capital city qualifying on Friday.
On-going qualifying matches this week will precede the two-week netfest, which starts on Sunday at iconic Roland Garros Stadium.
When in the City of Light, late May is usually a comfortable time, with highs in the upper 60s F (around 20 C).
But weather will be summer-like at the height of qualifying matches and the first round of action.
According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski afternoon temperatures in Paris will trend upward from 26 to 28 C (upper 70s to lower 80s F) on Wednesday into Friday.
Starting Thursday, they expect some areas of the city to be foggy, causing travel to the main venue to be slower.
The good news is sunshine will be back just as when matches get going.
And in case, the heat reaches stifling level, organisers warned of sunburn for fans and players alike.
AccuWeather had earlier reported that prolonged heat, including dangerous heat waves, will be a main worry across southern and eastern Europe throughout the summer.
Thus, those who prefer to follow the tournament outside are advised to wear protective clothing.
Better yet, they must bring sunblock and bring plenty of water to evert dehydration.
So do we see rain interrupting matches during the event?
Primarily not, as it is predicted the sizzling weather will be felt up to Friday.
In case it rains, one concern for organisers is the main venue at Roland Garros – the Philippe-Cahtrier Court, which is the only stadium amongst the four Grand Slam tournaments that does not have a roof.
But fans need not worry. They must wait though because by the year 2020, a roof may have already been constructed at the court.
Oh yes, weathermen are also working alongside organisers to monitor chances of a shower or thunderstorm, that could disrupt plays this Sunday and Monday.
In any case, expect this French Open to be as action-packed, interesting and worth watching as ever, notwithstanding the weather.