Volleyball bikinis at risk in London

Beach volleyball competitors at the London Olympics have been told they can cover up if the city's cold and wet weather continues.

The news will devastate fans of the popular spectator sport, to be staged at Horse Guards Parade just a short walk from Buckingham Palace, reports British newspaper The Sunday Times.

As Britain's summer continues to be plagued by daily rain and mild temperatures, Olympic bosses will allow volleyball players to swap their bikinis for warmer apparel to brave the elements.

"Once the temperature drops below 16 degrees Celsius we are allowed to wear long leggings and long-sleeved tops," British competitor Shauna Mullin told The Times.

So far each July day in London has dipped below the 16 degree mark, which a Volleyball England spokesman said allowed players to wear wet weather gear at their discretion.

Tickets to the beach volleyball have proven to be among the most sought after for the Games, which kick-off with the July 27 opening ceremony.

Beach volleyball is one of several outdoor events for which ticket holders are not entitled to a refund in the case of poor weather.

The UK experienced its wettest June in 2012 since records began in 1910, and some reports forecast that the wet conditions will continue until mid-September.