World watches London weather ahead of Opening Ceremony

Published On: Jul 27 2012 10:32:34 AM HST

As the world waits to watch the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics, show organizers know there's one thing they can't control: the weather.

London has had the wettest summer on record, but as the city began welcoming the world this week, the skies suddenly cleared.

Forecasters said there's a 20 percent chance of showers during the Opening Ceremony, and rain chances keep going up once the Games begin. That's why everyone in London is wasting no time enjoying the picture perfect weather while it lasts.

"Recently, it's been very miserable and dull, so we're making the most of it today," said London resident Tina Davy.

Londoners are soaking up the sun after weeks of wet weather and gloomy skies.

"Today has been amazing. It's the first sunny day in six weeks. It's been raining up until now. It's been raining all summer. We've had the worst summer," said London resident Laura Scapinello.

The Olympic athletes were expecting chillier conditions.

"I think my luggage was extremely heavy, because I packed for cold weather and it's been completely the opposite," said U.S. volleyball player Misty May-Treanor.

"We don't have air conditioning in the (Olympic) Village, so we had to make some calls with that one, got some fans, sleep with the windows opens," said U.S. swimmer Nathan Adrian.

The Met Office, the UK's national weather service, is working with the London Organising Committee to forecast the weather during the Olympics.

"We're working very hard to give the best possible information that we can," said meteorologist Keith Groves.

Groves said the rain will return to England, but the games won't be a wash out.

"Yes, there will be some rain around, but a lot of the time it will be very pleasant with warm sunny spells, not bad weather, just more typical of what we would expect in an English summer," he said.

London Olympic organizers said performers have been rehearsing the Opening Ceremony every day in all weather conditions.

Meteorologists said thunderstorms would delay the Opening Ceremony, but they said they don't expect any severe weather Friday night.


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