Extreme heat with temperatures around 36 degrees led to the matches on the outdoor courts of the Australian Open being interrupted. Around 2:00 p.m. local time (4:00 a.m. CET), measured values measured the highest of the five-stage heat stress scale of the tournament in Melbourne, which includes a total of four climatic factors.
In addition to air temperature, radiant heat, humidity and wind speed are also constantly recorded at five different points in Melbourne Park. These affect players’ abilities to conduct heat away from the body.
Before the matches are interrupted, cooling measures are applied or the game breaks are extended according to the heat stress scale. After that, things turned around completely. The rain pelted down in Melbourne.
That’s why the matches of Tatjana Maria and Laura Siegemund have each been moved to Wednesday.
The original of this post “First matches are canceled due to heat, hours later due to rain” comes from tennisnet.com.