Super Bowl Weather Records

Looking Back at Super Bowl Weather Through the Years

February 5, 2021
American Football (NFL)

It’s time for Super Bowl 2021! Let’s take a look back at some weather records from past Super Bowls. Where was the coldest Super Bowl? Where was the warmest?  What weather is expected this year? And, if you’re watching the game from home, find some fun and delicious game day recipe ideas.

Super Bowl Weather Records

Most Super Bowls have been played outdoors, where weather plays a significant role. In fact, only 20 of the previous 53 have been in domed stadiums (37.7%), while 33 have been outdoors in warm-weather cities. The 2021 Super Bowl will be held in Tampa, Florida. on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Where was the coldest Super Bowl?

  • 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. 

Where was the warmest Super Bowl?

Weather-wise, the “hottest” game was played on January 14, 1973 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, the second time the Super Bowl was played in that city. At kickoff, the temperature was 84 °F (29 °C), making the game the warmest Super Bowl.

Weather History Highlights

Some more interesting facts from Super Bowl weather history (covering 1967 through 2019) include:

  • 22 of 53 Bowls had a hint or more of rain at the nearest reporting station on the day of the game (41.5%)
  • 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 84°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 and data!

2021 Super Bowl Weather Forecast

Will any weather records be broken this year? Probably not. The 2021 Super Bowl is taking place in Tampa. But when it comes to Florida, there’s always a chance of rain.

As of this writing (Wednesday, February 3), rain is a real possibility.

  • Thunderstorms are likely in the morning (70% chance of rain). Then, a chance of scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. The high temperature is 71°F.
  • By evening, it will be cloudy with occasional showers (40% chance of rain). The low temperature is 63°F.

See the updated 5-day forecast for Tampa here.


Related Links

  • How about game day food? From spicy BBQ Brisket to Pulled Pork to Slow-Cooker Chili, we’ve rounded up crowd-pleasing recipes!
  • We live for dips! Scoop up classic guacamole, spicy buffalo chicken dip, delicious spinach-artichoke dip, and more! See our super dip recipes.
  • Have you picked up your copy of the 2021 Almanac? Get a full year of weather predictions—plus LOTS of wit and wisdom. Pick up a copy here.

Do you remember any occasions when weather impacted a sporting event? Tell us about it in the comments below!

About This Blog

Mike Steinberg is Senior Vice President for Special Initiatives at AccuWeather Inc in State College, Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the National Weather Association and the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.