[Update: Masters 2019 Warmest on Record]
The 2019 Masters Tournament begins on Thursday, April 4, and it could turn out to be among the warmest tournaments since it began in 1934.
The warmest Masters Tournament on record, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center, occurred in 1999, with an average temperature of 74.6° on tournament days (Thursday through Sunday). The champion that year was José María Olazábal.
Looking at the National Weather Service’s forecast for Augusta (as of Monday morning), the average forecast temperature for Thursday through Sunday of this year’s tournament is 71.6° (averaging the daily high and low temperatures). If the forecast holds true, that would make the 2019 Masters the second warmest on record and warmer than the current second place holder of 2015, when the average temperature was 71.5°.
Rain is also in the forecast during the tournament, particularly on Friday and Sunday. The rainiest Masters Tournament occurred in 1936, with 3.23 inches of rain, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center. That year, the champion was Horton Smith. Rain amounts for this year’s tournament are unlikely to approach the record.