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Daytona 500 weather updates: Will rain in forecast impact NASCAR’s 2021 race?



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, Fla., was spared from any inclement weather on Tuesday as 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, otherwise known as the Daytona Duels.

NASCAR will likely hope for the former 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 rainfall and how quickly the track can be dried.

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

MORE: Highlights from Daytona Duels qualifying races

Daytona 500 weather forecast

National Weather Service

  • Chance of rain (Sunday): 80 percent
  • Chance of rain (Sunday night): 30 percent
  • High temperature: Near 75
  • Low temperature: Around 63

Sunday’s forecast as of Feb. 12: “Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 75. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.” That’s followed by a lower, albeit 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): 78 percent
  • Chance of rain (Sunday night): 44 percent
  • Winds: 5-10 mph
  • High temperature: 76
  • Low temperature: 65

Sunday’s forecast as of Feb. 12: The Weather Channel as a similar forecast as the National Weather Service: high chance of rain in the afternoon, followed by a less — but still notable — chance in the evening.

“Scattered thunderstorms in the morning becoming more widespread in the afternoon. Storms may contain strong gusty winds. High 76. Winds South at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.” Following that, “scattered thunderstorms during the evening, then partly cloudy overnight. Low near 65. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40 percent.”





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