Sunday, June 6, 2010

St. Jude Classic golf week weather

As much as Memphis in May events are associated with rain, the St. Jude Classic Golf Tournament hosted by TPC Southwind always promises to provide plenty of heat, humidity, and thunderstorm chances, but what else would you expect from a summer golf tourney in the Bluff City? An early week respite from the humidity will quickly be lost on the pros by the time rounds start later in the week. Here's the current weather expectations for the week's events.

Monday, June 7 - Danny Thomas Pro-Am: A frontal passage on Sunday afternoon will bring low humidity values on Monday, but the heat will still be on with highs climbing to near 90 around 3-4pm. Skies will be partly cloudy for the Pro-Am, with a southeast breeze at 5-10 mph.

Tuesday, June 8 - Pro's Practice Rounds: Humidity definitely starts creeping back up as those south winds increase. It will continue to be dry though with partly sunny skies. Early morning temps in the 70s will quickly reach the lower 90s by noon and top out in the mid 90s by mid-afternoon. Heat indices during the afternoon will reach near 100.

Wednesday, June 9 - Championship Pro Am: Heat and humidity are in store with a chance of mainly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. The rain chance is not high, so the golf course may stay dry, but a shower could be a nice respite from the heat! Early morning tee times will see golfers perspiring through 80 degree temps, which will quickly reach the 90 degree mark by noon. Mid 90s are expected once again in the afternoon with heat indices between 100-105 unless a t'storm pops up over the course.

Thursday, June 10 - Round 1: A very similar day to Wednesday. Rain chances may be slightly higher on Thursday than Wednesday, and with more clouds temperatures should stay in the lower 90s in the afternoon. Expect a very muggy start even for those with early tee times. Rain showers or thunderstorms may not hold off until afternoon to start forming.

Friday, June 11 - Round 2: Another sticky, hot day with rain chances similar to Wednesday - scattered at best. Once again, mid 90s are possible with heat index values in the afternoon in the 100-105 range. Morning rounds will be played with temps starting near 75, increasing to 90 by noon.

Saturday, June 12 - Round 3 and Sunday, June 13 - Round 4: A very hot and fairly muggy weekend looks to be on tap. Both days, at this time, have the potential for mid 90s high temperatures mid 70s low temperatures, and heat index values at 100+ during the afternoon hours. Rain chances will be minimal - currently pegged at 20% during the peak heating hours of the day.

Needless to say, with such a hot week ahead, all participants, spectators, volunteers, and tournament staff need to pay particular attention to staying hydrated (water or sports drinks are best), taking frequent breaks from the sun, and wearing appropriate attire and sunscreen, including hats and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Heat exhaustion or heat stroke can set in quickly if you do not take proper precautions. Taking the proper precautions will keep you from becoming a heat statistic.
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