Tuesday, July 27

Daytona 500 Rain Delay Updates: How long will the weather forecast delay the NASCAR race in 2021?



It just wouldn’t be a NASCAR event without the threat of a rain delay. Not even the first point-paying race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series, the Daytona 500, is immune.

Daytona Beach, Florida, was saved from inclement weather Tuesday when Kyle Busch won a thrilling Clash at Daytona. Thursday’s Daytona Duels, however, were less lucky; rain delayed the second qualifying race of the 500, also known as the Daytona Duels.

NASCAR will likely wait for the old weather on Sunday, but early indications suggest the Daytona 500 will have at least some delays. The length of the delay depends significantly on the amount of rain and how quickly the track can dry out.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Daytona 500 weather forecast, including chance of rain, high and low temperatures, and wind speeds for both Sunday afternoon and evening:

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Daytona 500 weather updates

(All the eastern time)

9:35 pm – Officially back with the green flag flying on lap 30.

9:10 pm – Car covers. Drivers in seats. Engines running.

8:25 pm – Drivers will be called to their cars at 8:45 p.m. with an expected restart time of 9 p.m.

7:55 pm – NASCAR says it has not lost any progress it has made so far in its attempt to dry off the track.

6:50 pm – Reason to be (cautiously) optimistic?

6:15 pm – Here’s a look at the updated forecast with a possible second wave of rain approaching Daytona International Speedway:

5:10 pm – Initial trail drying efforts … not very good.

4:15 pm – Well this could be a long delay.

3:35 pm – Lightning raises the red flag.

3:10 pm – The green flag is raised, but it will be worth monitoring the incoming rain clouds.

1 pm – Still sunny skies over Daytona about two hours from green flag,

11:40 am – Here’s the latest radar, with blue skies currently over Daytona and crews working to dry the track.

10 am – The latest forecast suggests delays, but the outlook for finishing the race today is optimistic.

09:30 am – The Daytona 500 is still scheduled for its 3 p.m. ET start time, pending significant rain in the forecast for Daytona International Speedway during the morning and afternoon.

Daytona 500 weather forecast

National Metereological Service

  • Chance of rain (Sunday): 80 percent
  • Chance of rain (Sunday night): 80 percent
  • High temperature: About 77
  • Low temperature: About 64

Forecast from Sunday to February 14: “Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. High around 77. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 80%. New amounts between a quarter and a half inch of rain Tonight, showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8pm and 11pm. Low around 64. South wind around 5 mph. Calm. Chance of precipitation 80%. New precipitation amounts between one-tenth and one-tenth. one-fourth of an inch, except in higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. “

February 12: “Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High around 75. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.” This is followed by a lesser, but not insignificant chance of rain that night: “A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. South wind around 5 mph.”

The weather channel

  • Chance of rain (Sunday): 80 percent
  • Chance of rain (Sunday night): 70 percent
  • Winds: 5-10 mph
  • High temperature: 76
  • Low temperature: Sixty-five

Forecast from Sunday to February 14: “Scattered thunderstorms during the morning are widespread this afternoon. Heavy downpours are possible. Some storms can be severe. High 25F. Winds SW 10-15 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Mostly cloudy skies. Thunderstorms Scattered tonight Low around 65 ° F. Light and variable winds 70% chance of rain.

February 12: The Weather Channel has a similar forecast to the National Weather Service: a high chance of rain in the afternoon, followed by a lower, but still notable, chance at night.

“Scattered thunderstorms in the morning are widespread in the afternoon. Storms can contain strong gusty winds. Highs 76. Winds from the south 5 to 10 mph. 80 percent chance of rain.” After that, “scattered thunderstorms overnight, then partly cloudy overnight. Low near 65. Light and variable winds. 40 percent chance of rain.”




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