Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Silverstone, 2011

Silverstone braced for wet British Grand Prix weekend

2012 British Grand Prix weatherPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Silverstone, 2011Britain has just had the wettest June since records began in 1910 and rain is likely to be a feature of the upcoming Grand Prix weekend.

Already Silverstone has warned campers to be prepared to do battle with sodden pitches and inclement weather.

The first day of the weekend looks set for a repeat of last year’s wet conditions which limited the amount of running done by the drivers.

The MET office has issued a warning for the amount of rain due to sweep in on Friday from the south. At Silverstone, heavy rain in the morning will lighten in the afternoon.

Across the country forecasters have warned 20mm of rain could fall in six hours, leading to a risk of flooding.

While the worst of the rain should pass to the north after that a chance of showers remains on Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures will struggle to climb into the 20C region.

As well as rain, Silverstone is also noted for windy conditions. Although wind speeds are not expected to be very high, the cars are susceptible to being blown about on the exposed airfield circuit with its many fast corners.

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You can see rainfall forecasts for the area below. Where prompted, use the postcode NN12 8TN.

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