If current weather forecasts hold up, Mother Nature should have very little impact on Super Bowl XLIX.
When the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks kick off Sunday night from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, the temperature is expected to hover around 68 degrees with zero precipitation and 4 mph winds, according to accuweather.com. Humidity should be at about 52 percent.
With the weather mostly pleasant and posing little risk to the outcome, the stadium’s roof could fully retract and spread some sun on the natural-grass field when the matchup kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. MT.
The sun is predicted to start setting around 6 p.m. local Glendale time. Rain is currently falling in Glendale and is expected for Saturday, but with the roof closed the field shouldn’t be affected. Showers are expected on Saturday, with the high expected to reach 62 degrees and the low at 46 degrees.
It’s almost perfect weather to decide an NFL champion, and in stark contrast to last year’s game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. As the first Super Bowl to take place in a cold weather city, the Denver Broncos and Seahawks kicked off in frigid temperatures and 63 percent humidity only days after a major snowstorm hit the New York-New Jersey area.
However, inclement weather likely wouldn’t affect players on either side. Hailing from one of the coldest areas in the country, the Patriots routinely play in cold weather during the final two months of the regular season every year.
The Seahawks clearly weren’t affected by colder temperatures in last year’s big game, dominating Denver for a 43-8 victory. And in their hometown of Seattle - one of the wettest regions on the West Coast - it rains roughly three days a week, according to KOMO News.