Brighter UK weather for Wimbledon as Novak Djokovik plays in London

But spectators won’t be able to fully escape the rain (Picture: PA)

The weather is set to brighten up in London just in time for Novak Djokovic to play Wimbledon.

But it’s not all sunshine for tennis fans as there will still be rain falling throughout the day.

Novak Djokovic is set to play against Australian Alex de Minaur on centre court at 1.30pm on Wednesday – and the forecast is currently looking fairly hopeful.

The Met Office predicts that London will see highs of 23°C today, and while rainfall is likely throughout the day, things should start to brighten up in the afternoon.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: ‘A rather cloudy start, with a few showers, perhaps locally heavy. However, becoming largely dry into the afternoon with sunny spells developing.

‘Feeling warm in sunshine. Breezy. Maximum temperature 23°C.’

Novak Djokovic is through to the men’s singles quarter final (Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The weather has been a real mixed bag for Wimbledon fans so far this year, with unsettled weather bringing a mix of dry, warm spells alongside clouds and rain showers.

But the hour-by-hour forecast is looking fairly promising for those hoping to see Novak Djokovic play.

Currently there’s a 30-40% chance of rain in Wimbledon between 10am and 1pm, reducing down to 20% at 2pm not long after he takes to the court.

Attendance at the tennis championships is low in comparison to previous years as wannabe attendees opt to watch on television instead of getting drenched in the stands or Henman Hill.

Met Office data suggests Greater London has already faced more than half of its average monthly rainfall in just one week – no surprise to the tennis fans who have spent their time hiding under umbrellas or ponchos.

Several other areas in the south east of England, including Hertfordshire, Essex and Buckinghamshire, have already seen 80% or more of their average expected rainfall for the month within its first week.

This follows the UK’s wettest spring since 1986 and the sixth wettest on record, with chilly conditions persisting throughout June and into the early days of July.

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