Cool conditions face Eagles on big day
Even by Melbourne standards, it is going to be a cold afternoon for Saturday’s grand final.
But that may not necessarily give an advantage to Collingwood.
According to Melbourne Weather Bureau senior forecaster Keris Arndt, the match will be played in a relatively fine 13-14C, but with a brisk south-westerly wind making it feel a little cooler.
“The temperature will certainly be cooler than what you might normally expect in Melbourne at grand final time,” Mr Arndt said. “The average grand final temperature is 18.3C.”
Saturday’s conditions will be similar to grand final day in 1992 — the first Eagles premiership year — when the maximum temperature reached 15.1C and it was a little cloudy over the MCG.
It will also be a little warmer than the 12.3C in Adelaide when West Coast beat Port Adelaide with a kick after the siren a few weeks ago, on August 11.
Mr Arndt said the MCG may be a little slippery, with some rain forecast for Friday night and early Saturday.
It will be the coolest grand final since 2002 — when Collingwood lost to Brisbane by nine points.
In fact, Collingwood seems to prefer warmer grand finals — the average temperature for the Magpies’ 15 grand final victories has been 18.3C.
The Eagles three victories came with an average temperature of a cooler 16.9C.
The coldest grand final was the 11.3C in 1958, when Collingwood defeated Melbourne by three goals.
The hottest grand final was in 2015 when the Eagles were smashed by Hawthorn and the maximum temperature reached 31.3C.