Footy Weather: Grand Final conditions to resemble Kardinia Park in July

By Brett Dutschke

Strong winds are not only transporting soil to other parts of the country
they are also making some places feel quite foreign.

Just three days after a dust-blown Sydney resembled Coober Pedy, the
Melbourne Cricket Ground this Saturday will be cold, wet and windy – more
like Kardinia Park in July.

The AFL Grand Final at the MCG will be one of the coldest, windiest and
wettest in recent memory. It will be played in 12-to-13 degree temperatures,
blustery winds, showers and possibly hail. Geelong should feel more at home
than St Kilda, which has been playing their home games in the sheltered
Docklands Stadium.

The weather will be in stark contrast to last year’s Grand Final, about 10
degrees colder. The only recent similar Grand Final days were damp ones in
2002 and 2003 when the temperature only reached 11 and 14 degrees

One major difference this year will be blustery winds, frequent showers and
a wind chill of less than 10 degrees, a combination that hasn’t been
experienced in many years.

The blustery winds will affect the NSW interior on Friday and Saturday,
raising dust. But Sydney is unlikely to turn into a red desert of fine silt
again. Much of this silt has already been taken away in the recent dust

Brett Dutschke is a meteorologist with Weatherzone.


  1. Mark Schwerdt says

    Pass the Dutschke


  2. The conditions would suit a player like Stokes….is it too late to get a re-call?

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