Today you can expect mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies thought the day today with warm temperatures. Highs should reach the mid 70s. As the late afternoon and evening hours are approaching, expect the clouds to start building. Tonight through the overnight hours there is a slight chance of rain, mainly after midnight. Lows tonight should bottom out in the lower 60s.
Friday brings rain to the Daytona Beach area. Looks like there will be a slight chance of rain up to 1PM. There is a chance of rain and thunderstorms after 1pm through about 6pm. As of now, rain totals do not look all that impressive, as the QPF chart is only showing 1/4 to 1/2 inch through 7AM Saturday morning. Just have your panchos and umbrellas handy. I'm crossing my fingers that the rain holds off until after the CTSC BMW Performance 200 is over. Highs will top out in the mid 70s and winds will be gusty throughout the day, up to 25 MPH. Just be sure to stay weather aware and seek shelter if there is lightning in the area. We'll have our live radar going throughout the day.
Rain chances will continue into Saturday morning, but decrease throughout the morning. As of now, it looks like the rain will finally move out before 1pm. Can't rule out some sprinkles after that, but I believe the start of the Rolex 24 should be dry. Skies will start to clear, but winds will still be gusty (up to 30 MPH). Highs will only top out in the upper 60s close to time to start the race. Saturday night will be mainly clear and winds will start to settle down, with lows bottoming out in the mid 40s.
Sunday looks like to be a beautiful day, with mostly sunny skies on tap. Temps will be cool, as the expected high will only reach close to 60. No rain expected, so no need for rain tires.
Here is a breakdown of temps during the race (will update as time approaches):
2PM: 68 5PM: 64 8PM: 53 11PM: 48
2AM: 45 5AM: 44 8AM: 47 11AM: 56 2PM: 59
I really do hope that the rain holds off until after the race on Friday and leaves the area well before the start of the Rolex 24 on Saturday. Just remember if you hear thunder, find a place of shelter. You can get the latest updates on the weather conditions by following our Twitter feeds (Doug / Scott).