July 16 2012
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- Don't forget your wellies, waterproofs and brolly if you are lucky enough to get to go to the British Open this week.
For the uninitiated, that’s boots, rain suit and umbrella -- which are always a plus at a British Open but apparently will needed more than usual at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
The rain has been heavy at times on Monday with gusts off the ocean at 15-20 mph. Tuesday's forecast calls for occasion rain and drizzle before the worst of the weather rolls in on Wednesday and early Thursday.
The forecast for Friday and Saturday is for dry conditions but more rain could arrive for the final round. According to the official forecast released by the R&Q, though, "confidence is lot on the timing of this rain."
Temperatures throughout the week will hover in the low 60s.
Great Britain has endured the wettest April to June in history, and the rain has continued to be heavy in July. Flood alerts and warnings have been issued across the country.
In fact, the weather has become such a story here in the UK that betting parlors -- with the London Olympics on the horizon -- are offering some unusual odds.
One is giving 2/1 odds on rain falling during the men's 100 meters final, as well as 25/1 on losing an entire day of competition to bad weather. Another puts the odds of rain during the July 27 opening ceremony at 6/4.