There is no rain forecasted Saturday for the greater South Bend area. If you’re waiting at the gates when tailgating commences for the home opener at 8 a.m., you may want to add a long sleeve shirt or light coat to your breakfast plans. Accuweather forecasts temperatures in the mid-60s, although you’ll be enjoying mid-70s by 11 a.m. Two hours before kickoff, temperatures will broach 80 degrees; be sure to lather that sunscreen at least once before heading into the stadium.
The weather is expected to remain unchanged throughout game, dipping back into the 70s only well after you’ve probably either gotten home (or are miserably stuck on the Indiana Toll Road).
This will quite a departure from the last Sept. 11 game in Notre Dame Stadium. When the Irish kicked off against the Michigan Wolverines in 2010, the mercury read 59 degrees and there was 97 percent humidity. While the forecast for Saturday calls for a moderate breeze, the wind was hardly blowing at the start of that 2010 game — an unfortunate 38-34 loss.