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Will the weather play ball during Wimbledon?

The sky is clear as ground staff prepare the nets for the Wimbledon Championships. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

By Becky Mantin: ITV Weather Presenter

Two national obsessions combine over the coming fortnight - the weather and Wimbledon - as the All England Lawn Tennis Club hosts its 127th Wimbledon Championship.

Excitement will reach fever pitch as Andy Murray, Britain’s first male champion in 77 years, defends his title.

His three straight set win against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will still be fresh in fan’s memories as eyes are fixed as anxiously at the sky as they are on the action.

The weather, in fact, looks like it too will be playing ball for the opening few days of the tournament.

With high pressure in charge, much of the UK will be bathed in warm, dry, bright weather with temperatures again climbing above the seasonal average to 22C.

With only a 30% chance of a shower, the risk of rain stopping play on day one is low.

Reigning champion Andy Murray practices ahead of his first Wimbledon match. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

Those hoping for this run of ace weather to continue however will be disappointed, as low pressure starts to make tracks in across the UK from tomorrow and the current dominant area of high pressure begins to recede.

It’s slow progress though and Wimbledon’s southwest London location should continue to enjoy decent conditions for Tuesday and Wednesday; sunny and largely dry with highs again hitting 22C on Tuesday and 19C on Wednesday.

The end of the week currently promises to challenge play rather more as frontal systems sweep in bringing heavy showers or longer spells of rain to southeast England.

Forecasters will keep a (Hawk)eye on the pressure charts in the coming few days.

Stay tuned for the latest and let’s all hope that this year the weather won’t push us to break(ing)point!

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