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The Open: Mixed forecast for golf fans heading to Portrush

Preparations are made for the 148th Open at Royal Portrush, County Antrim Wednesday, July 10th, 2019. (Photo by Paul McErlane for the Belfast Telegraph)
Preparations are made for the 148th Open at Royal Portrush, County Antrim Wednesday, July 10th, 2019. (Photo by Paul McErlane for the Belfast Telegraph)
Allan Preston

By Allan Preston

Golf fans flocking to Portrush this week can expect a settled start to the week before reaching for the raincoats.

Met Office spokesperson Nichola Maxey said high pressure over the UK meant players and spectators can hope for sunny conditions until Tuesday, after which scattered showers are likely throughout the week.

The Open officially gets under way tomorrow while the opening round will start on Thursday. With 190,000 visitors expected to descend on Portrush, it's considered to be the biggest sporting event ever hosted in Northern Ireland.

"Saturday will start off quite cloudy but will break up as we go through the morning," said Ms Maxey.

"Sunday may also have a little cloud in the morning but it will lead to a sunny afternoon.

"Temperatures will also be in the high teens to low 20s which is around average for this time of year." She added that the settled forecast will continue for Monday due to high pressure across the UK.

"That will start to move out of the way once we move into Tuesday, returning to a more westerly influence of weather.

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"That means Portrush will be slightly more unsettled with the chance of scattered showers."

Yesterday, the organisers of The Open Championship insisted they had no concerns about the course conditions after heavy rainfall on Wednesday.

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