Below is the weather forecast for Speedweek and Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH — It won’t be long until NASCAR’s best drivers take to the 66 tracky The Daytona 500 runs on February 18 at Daytona International Speedway, the culmination of Speedweek events that officially begin on Valentine’s Day, February 14.
Will race fans (and drivers) like the weather forecast for the start of the week?
Although official seven-day forecast models are not yet available for Speedweek dates from the National Weather Service in Melbourne, meteorologists can provide a broader view of what to expect.
It is best to bring a jacket and perhaps a raincoat.
Here’s what we know:
Lower temperatures, higher chance of rain
The week will start Sunday with partly sunny skies, with a daytime high of 77 degrees and a nighttime low of about 61 degrees, according to the NWS extended forecast.
There is a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms on Monday, followed by a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday. By Tuesday, high temperatures are expected to drop from the high 70s to around 67 degrees, according to the expanded forecast.
This trend toward below-average temperatures and above normal precipitation levels is expected to continue on Speedweek’s official opening day on Wednesday through the running of the Daytona 500 on 18, said Cole Fehling, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Melbourne. February.
“We don’t put percentages far outside of that, but the pattern will favor an above-average chance of precipitation this time of year,” Fehling said, adding that there is a 40-50% chance of above-average precipitation percentages in Daytona Beach. During Speedweek dates. “There will be a better chance of rain than usual.”
There’s also a high possibility that temperatures will be below average at this time of year, when the normal high is about 71 degrees and the normal low is about 50 degrees, Fehling said.
“We are looking at mid to upper temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday, which are below normal,” he said.
AccuWeather Daily Forecast for Speedweek, 500
Meanwhile, AccuWeather is providing daily forecasts for February 14-18 at Daytona International Speedway.
According to this forecast, the forecast calls for cloudy skies and a 25% chance of rain at Daytona Beach for the Daytona 500 on February 18. The highest daytime temperature on race day is expected to reach 72, and drop to 55 at night.
The AccuWeather forecast for the days leading up to Sunday’s big race is more encouraging, with skies expected to be sunny to partly sunny Wednesday and Saturday with daytime highs ranging from 67-71 and nighttime lows ranging from 46 on Wednesday to 54 on Saturday. Rainfall chances are 5% or less daily Wednesday through Saturday.