The 2013 "Great American Race", the Daytona 500, will take place Sunday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. The forecast for this weekend has higher temperatures and smaller rain chances for the last practice races on Saturday. Temperatures will be in the mid-80s that day. Sunday, however, the day of the race itself, will be 8 to 10 degrees cooler, sitting at a high of about 77 degrees. The temperature difference could mean necessary adjustments to fuel for optimal performances.
Sunday also has greater rain chances than Saturday, though AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski says an exact time for showers cannot be determined.
"It's possible there could be some showers, even a slight thunderstorm chance, during the race," Kottlowski said. "Showers could also come before the race starts. If it rains hard, it could cause the race to be delayed or postponed."
If the showers do interfere with the race enough to cause it to be postponed, the shower chance for Monday, though still there, is significantly lower than for Sunday's daylight hours.