Surprise, surprise: Rain expected at British Open


LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England – This may sound like something straight from the Department of Redundancy Department, but the weather forecast for this week’s Open Championship calls for brief periods of rain followed by lengthy periods of rain and later concluding with more rain.

Monday’s practice round featured intermittent showers throughout the day, heavy during the morning, then tapering off in the afternoon. That pattern is expected to continue for each of the next two days, with more precipitation in the forecast.

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, though – and it may even be some sunlight.

According to the official forecast, the rain should subside for the second and third rounds, though it may return for the deciding round on Sunday.

It states: “Early rain on Thursday clearing to allow sunny spells to develop but still a chance of a few showers. Northeast to northwest winds, 10 to 15 mph. Fine and dry on Friday and Saturday with a gentle breeze from the west or northwest. Further cloud and rain is possible on Sunday, but confidence is low on the timing of this rain.”