The good news for the NTT IndyCar Series return to Birmingham is that there is a sellout for Sunday and only a limited amount of tickets available for Friday and Saturday. Let’s hope the rain stays away and all the fans in attendance will have a great time at the most beautiful racecourse in the United States. Here is what I have for you as far as the first look at the weather forecast…
Friday, April 16 (7:30 am – 5:30 pm)
A disturbance will be moving toward the deep south on Friday, but at this point, it looks like the moisture will stay out of Central Alabama and a dry day can be expected at the track. We’ll have a mix of sun and clouds throughout the day and winds will be out of the north averaging 2-6 MPH. Temperatures will start off around 51 degrees at 7:30 am and will top out at 72 degrees for the afternoon high. Dewpoints will be in the 44-49 degree range throughout the day.
Saturday, April 17 (7:30 am – 6:30 pm)
Saturday will be a day that we may have to dodge a few raindrops, but fortunately, most of the activity looks to stay south of the track. With that being said, rain chances will be highest during the morning hours and may drop a little during the afternoon and into the early evening hours. Skies will be mostly cloudy with temperatures starting off around 55 degrees at 7:30 am and reaching around 68 degrees for the afternoon high. Winds will be out of the north to northwest at 3-7 MPH and the chance of rain will range from 30% in the morning and early afternoon and dropping to around 20% for the mid-afternoon through the rest of the racing day.
Sunday, April 18 (7:30 am – 6:00 pm)
Sunday looks to be a mainly dry day at the races, but a stray shower may move across the track during the late morning to the early afternoon. Skies will start off mostly sunny with those clouds moving in for the end of the morning through the mid-afternoon, then clearing back out again for the late-afternoon through the rest of the race day. Temperatures will start off around 51 degrees at 7:30 am and will max out around 71 degrees. The chance of rain will only be around 20% at this time. Winds will be out of the northwest at 5-15 MPH with potential gusts up to 25 MPH.
I’ll have updates throughout the week, and you just may hear me on IndyCar Radio at some point during the weekend.
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