Super Bowl Weather Records

Looking Back at Super Bowl Weather Through the Years

January 31, 2020
American Football (NFL)

It’s time for Super Bowl 2020! Let’s take a look back at some weather records from Super Bowls past. Where was the coldest Super Bowl? Where was the warmest? Plus, see our weather forecast update for this year’s event!

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—like this year’s, which will be held at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL!

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!

Super Bowl 2020 Forecast

Super Bowl LIV is taking place in Miami Gardens, Florida, with the San Francisco 49ers taking on the Kansas City Chiefs.  With the game being played in a partially covered outdoor stadium, weather could certainly play a factor.

For 2020, we’re predicting a mild-mannered day with pleasant temperatures and zero percent rain by game time. Only the Florida locals might find it a tad chilly, but it should be perfect for football. Of course, South Florida weather can turn on a dime, but it’s looking good. Read our forecast for this weekend and beyond here: February Forecast Update: Groundhog Day and Super Bowl.

Will any weather records be broken this year? Probably not but only time will tell. 

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


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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.