It’s going to be awesome!
Year after year, the Australian Open is known as one of the hottest Grand Slams, requiring players to take hydration, rest and diet extra seriously.
In fact, the highest temperature ever recorded in Australia was 123.3 degrees Fahrenheit on January 13 (South Australia) during the 2022 Australian Open. The same historical temperature was recorded on January 2, 1960 (South Australia).
Not only the intense heat of Australia near the equator, but also the fact that hard courts are on average 15 to 20 degrees hotter than the air temperature makes the playing conditions even more brutal.
The extreme conditions make the Australian Open one of the most difficult slams to win on the tennis calendar.
Let’s take a look at the expected weather for the Australian Open 2023:
How is the season during the Australian Open 2023?
It’s summer down under during the Australian Open.
The summer months in 2023 run from December 1st to February 28th.
How hot is it usually at the Australian Open?
On average, the weather at the Australian Open is usually somewhere between 68 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
What is the expected weather for the Australian Open 2023?
Tuesday in Melbourne will be hot — 96 degrees Fahrenheit with evening showers throughout the park, according to Weather.com.
The good news is that the temperature will drop for the rest of the tournament. The hottest planned day after Day 2 will be January 29th, the last day of men, with 82 degrees.
The coolest day of the tournament is Thursday 19th January with 64 degrees.
Who played the hottest tennis match at the Australian Open?
Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils battled it out at the 2018 Australian Open in court temperatures that hit a whopping 156.2 degrees Fahrenheit.
Conditions got so bad that Monfils admitted he was “shaking and dizzy”.
Serbian icon Djokovic said after the game he was worried officials were putting the tournament’s business ahead of the players’ health.
“I think there are certain days where you, as a tournament director, just have to realize that you might have to give the players a few extra hours to get there,” he said. “But I think there’s a line and that, I think, is a level of tolerance between being fit and being at risk. Today I was at the limit.”
The Australian Open has an extreme heat policy but will only be implemented if the humidity is as high as the temperature.
What is the extreme heat policy?
The Extreme Heat rule was first introduced in 1998 and implemented in its current iteration in 2019. It uses a scale of one to five and takes into account four climate factors: air temperature, radiant heat, humidity and wind speed.
If the scale reaches a four, the tournament umpire will allow a 10-minute rest between the second and third sets in a women’s game, while the men will be allowed a 10-minute rest after the third set.
If the scale reaches a five, the tournament umpire may suspend the start of matches and ongoing matches may pause after reaching an even number of games in a set.
Have Australian Open matches been suspended due to heat?
Games at the Australian Open have been suspended several times over the years due to heat.
When will the roof close due to heat at the Australian Open?
Rod Laver Arena, John Cain Arena, and Margaret Court Arena all have retractable roofs.
The roof is a wonderful addition because when temperatures reach 104 degrees Fahrenheit, players can still compete. Players on outdoor courts would be banned at that temperature.
The match referee is allowed to open the stadium roof if the temperature reaches more than 95 degrees.