Super Bowl LIII, the biggest game of the year, is Sunday, February 3, 2019! It will be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. While we wait for Game Day, let’s take a look back at past Super Bowl weather—plus Sunday’s prediction for Atlanta.
Although the Super Bowl itself is played indoors, weather affects everything from travel to tailgating. (A quick aside: The Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta is actually one of only a few American football stadiums with retractable roofs, and one of five in the NFL that has such a roof. Work on the retractable roof was completed on July 14, 2018.)
Super Bowl LIII Forecast
For February 3, 2019, The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s long-range weather predictions predict fairly temperate weather with rain showers for Atlanta. (Note that long-range predictions are made 18 months in advance.)
- Looking now at short-range forecasts, this prediction seems generally on target. February 3 brings rain showers early with mostly cloudy, overcast skies. Highs in the low 60’s. Chance of rain 50%.
- Evening will bring considerable cloudiness and a passing shower.
- The dome will be closed, so the rain won’t put damper on the game itself, but it may just present traffic woes—and bring an umbrella if you’ll be outside! Rainy weather may also bring more crowds inside so expect a crowd that’s revved up.
Be sure to check our 7-day weather forecasts as we near the date.
Atlanta Super Bowl Weather History
For historical perspective, this forecast is slightly warmer than what is average for Atlanta. The average high temperatures is 53.7°F and the average minimum temperature is 35.6°F. Average rainfall is 0.23 inches. Average snowfall is 0.0.
The 2019 Super Bowl marks the third time that the contest has been held in Atlanta—with the other two occurring in 1994 and 2000.
- 1994: The high temp was 46°F and the low temp was 36°F. Rainfall was .03 inches.
- 2000: The high temp was 35°F and the low temp was 30°F. Rainfall was 0.18 inches.
Super Bowl Weather Records
Not all Super Bowls have been played indoors. In fact, only 19 of the previous 52 have been in domed stadiums (36.5%), while 32 have been outdoors in “warm weather” cities.
- Last year’s Super Bowl LII (2018) was the coldest Super Bowl day on record. Held in Minneapolis, the high temperature of 9°F was just after midnight on game day and, despite plenty of sunshine leading up to the game, the temperature outside at kickoff was 2°F with a wind chill of -14°F. Of course, the Philadelphia Eagles played the New England Patriots indoors. With such frightful weather outside, the cozy U.S. Bank Stadium was more crowded than your average Super Bowl several hours before kickoff.
- The 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII was the only one held in a “cold weather” city without a domed stadium. That Super Bowl was held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on February 2, 2014, and, although the weather was mild for that location with a game time temperature of 49°F, 8 inches of snow fell the very next day. It had been in the previous year’s Super Bowl that the environment most affected the game, as a power blackout in the third quarter delayed the contest for 34 minutes.
Weather History Highlights
Some more interesting facts from Super Bowl weather history (covering 1967 through 2018) include:
- 21 of 52 Bowls had a hint or more of rain at the nearest reporting station on the day of the game (40.4%)
- 3 Bowls had snow reported on game day (1982, 2006, 2018)
- 1 Bowl was played during an ice storm (2000)
- The warmest high temperature on game day was 82°F (1973, 2003)
- The coldest high temperature on game day was 9°F (2018)
- The coldest high temperature for an outdoor game was 43°F (1972)
- The wettest Super Bowl was in 2007, with 0.92 inches of rain
- 5 outdoor games had high wind gusts (1980, 1984, 1989, 2007, 2016)
These weather facts come from the SERCC sports-focused site which provides even more information!
Do you remember any occasions when weather impacted a sporting event? Tell us about it in the comments below!
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