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AFL moves to allay fears weather will stop grand final parade

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Wintry cold but a chance of sun for grand final

Bring your umbrellas along to Friday's grand final parade, but you'll also need your scarves and maybe, just maybe, your sunnies for Saturday's big game.

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Tomorrow's grand final parade will be cancelled if Melbourne's forecast bad weather is too inclement,  AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou has admitted.

The league chief said he had a close eye on the weather with 100,000 people expected to see the Hawthorn and Sydney players parade through the city. Up to 20mm of rain is forecast to fall in Melbourne tomorrow.

"We'll all be watching the weather tonight," Demetriou said. "Obviously if it rains too heavily and there's hail, that makes it difficult for the parade to proceed. But all the players want to participate in the parade. We don't want to deny 100,000 people the opportunity to watch the parade through the streets of Melbourne."

Same conditions but different teams. Geelong's Tom Harley and St Kilda's Nick Riewoldt hold the premiership cup at the rainy 2009 Grand Final parade.

Same conditions but different teams. Geelong's Tom Harley and St Kilda's Nick Riewoldt hold the premiership cup at the rainy 2009 Grand Final parade. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

The AFL later moved to dispel any fears amongst footy fans, confirming the parade would still go ahead even if rain was falling. "To be clear to fans the AFL Grand Final parade still goes ahead in rain. Arrangements for tomorrow's parade have not changed," the league's communications team tweeted.

Demetriou today met the members of Temper Trap, the Melbourne band which will provide part of the entertainment.

The weather bureau is predicting a mild 21 degrees for tomorrow’s parade but that will be reached early in the morning, with the temperature expected to drop throughout the day.

Fans could be reaching for their brollies at this year's Grand Final - like they were in 2009.

Fans could be reaching for their brollies at this year's Grand Final - like they were in 2009. Photo: Paul Rovere

"We are predicting a rainfall range between eight and 20 millimetres to fall between dawn Friday and Friday evening. There is a chance of thunderstorms from early morning to late afternoon," senior forecaster Gary Missen said.

"It will be very windy, especially during in the morning, with an average of 25-35 km winds blowing north to north westerly."

The temperature will continue to drop and, with the addition of hail, the grand final is set to be played in temperatures that will feel like single digits.

"We are predicting a maximum temperature of 14 degrees but it will feel much colder than that with a lot of cold air moving through," Mr Missen said.

"The temperature will feel more like single figures during the game it will be very cold, so rug up.

"At this stage we are forecasting hail to fall anytime during the game and even thunder. Rain is expected to be light with only three to six mils of rain expected to fall."

The wind will be strong blowing about 25 to 35 km/h for most of the day.

Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said the wind would be the biggest influence on the match.

"The biggest single weather influence on the game will be the wind. It will penetrate even the tightest-knit jumpers and scarves and also blow some kicks off target," he said.

Mr Missen said the coldest grand final was the 1958 grand final between Collingwood and Melbourne where the temperature only reached 11.3 degrees.

31 comments

  • The GF route is 1500 meters according to Google Maps. To get 100,000 people to the parade would mean 33 people every meter on both sides of the street, more if you take away the intersection space. There is no way 100,000 people attend the parade. That'd be 30- 40 deep on the footpath every meter. Can't happen. Having attended, at most it's 3 - 4 deep.
    Same with the Melb Cup parade, I attended a few years ago and in the 5 or so meters around me there were about 20 people. The parade is 200 meters long, yet the nightly news told us that 80,000 people attended. That's 200 people per meter!!

    Who makes this stuff up???

    Commenter
    Sardine
    Location
    Jam packed.
    Date and time
    September 27, 2012, 12:33PM
    • weak as piss - what's wrong with a little water

      Commenter
      Johnny
      Location
      Albury
      Date and time
      September 27, 2012, 1:00PM
    • 100,000 people ?!? Tell him he's dreamin' !

      Commenter
      Greg
      Location
      Earth
      Date and time
      September 27, 2012, 2:53PM
    • I heard 450,000 are expected tomorrow

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      Steven K
      Location
      Malvern
      Date and time
      September 27, 2012, 3:23PM
    • I agree - the AFL and their associated media certainly don't mind inflating crowd figures just a tad. They probably count anyone on their way to work who just happens to be in the immediate vicinity!

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      Dano
      Location
      City
      Date and time
      September 27, 2012, 4:55PM
  • I'm sure 100,000 people attend the Grand Final parade every year - doesn't matter which teams are appearing, what the weather is doing or how busy it looks. 100,000 every time. Amazing!

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    Marty
    Location
    Chelsea
    Date and time
    September 27, 2012, 12:57PM
    • "The biggest single weather influence on the game will be the wind. It will penetrate even the tightest-knit jumpers and scarves and also blow some kicks off target,"

      Hawthorn were way off last week regardless. Kick straight Hawks and keep the cup here for all Victorians!!!

      Commenter
      Go Hawks
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      September 27, 2012, 12:57PM
      • No Victorian wants Hawthorn to win.

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        cmac33
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        September 27, 2012, 1:30PM
      • I'm Victorian and I certainly do not want Hawthorn to win. Couldn't think of a team I want to win less that the Hawks. I know I'm not alone.

        Commenter
        Yeah no
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        September 27, 2012, 1:48PM
      • Bar the Geelong supporters who are eternally bitter over the year 2008, it is beyond me how anyone could hold Hawthorn in such contempt. Nevertheless, lets go Hawks. Hit them hard, make them pay for their errors and where the Gold & Brown with pride. The team who wins this weekend will be indisputably the best team of 2012 so let's make it count!

        Commenter
        Proud Hawthorn Supporter
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        September 27, 2012, 2:57PM

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