Weather forecast for the 2024 Daytona 500

Weather forecast for the 2024 Daytona 500

The countdown to Sunday’s Daytona 500 is down to days and soon will be down to hours.

This will be the 66th running of the Daytona 500. The race has been postponed to the next day due to rain only twice (2012 and 2020).

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Here’s a look at the week’s schedule and forecast across wunderground.comfor each day of Daytona Speedweek (this will be updated throughout the week as forecasts change):

Wednesday 14 February

Cup cars qualify from 8:15-10 p.m. ET.

Expectations It calls for mostly clear skies in the evening with the temperature rising to 58 degrees and a 4% chance of rain at the start of qualifying. The temperature is expected to remain the same during the qualifiers. 5% chance of rain by the end of qualifying.

Thursday 15 February

The first two Cup qualifying races begin at 7 p.m. ET. The second qualifying race is scheduled to begin at 8:45 p.m. ET.

Expectations It calls for the sky to be partly cloudy in the evening. The temperature is scheduled to reach 65 degrees with a 3% chance of rain at the start of the first qualifying race. By 10 PM ET, the forecast calls for a high of 61 degrees and a 5% chance of rain.

Earlier in the day, ARCA teams practice followed by the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, highs in the low 70s and a 1% chance of rain in those sessions.

Friday 16 February

Cup teams will practice from 5:35 to 6:25 p.m. ET. Expectations It calls for cloudy skies with a high of 67 degrees and a 2% chance of rain for practice.

The Truck Race is at 7:30 p.m. ET. The forecast is for cloudy skies, with a high of 63 degrees and a 7% chance of rain. The chance of rain rises to 13% at 10 p.m. ET.

Earlier in the day, ARCA teams will qualify, Truck teams will qualify, and Xfinity teams will practice. Skies are expected to be cloudy with a high temperature of 70 degrees and a 1% chance of rain during the afternoon.

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Saturday 17 February

Cup teams conduct their final practice session before the Daytona 500 from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. ET. Expectations The temperature is expected to reach 62 degrees and a 58% chance of rain at the beginning of the session.

Xfinity qualifying is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, followed by the ARCA race (1:30 p.m. ET) and the Xfinity race at 5 p.m. ET. The forecast for the Xfinity races calls for a high of 66 degrees and an 84% chance of rain. The chance of rain remains above 75% for the rest of the evening.

Sunday 18 February

The Daytona 500 is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET. Expectations It calls for a high of 61 degrees and a 51% chance of rain at first. The chance of rain ranges between 50-67% the rest of the night, depending on the time.

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