Teams face disruption to their plans for the first practice session of 2016 as rain is forecast to hit Melbourne tomorrow. Saturday’s qualifying session could also be affected by wet weather but dry conditions are expected for race day.
Between 10 and 25 millimetres of rain are forecast to fall tomorrow with a very high probability that it will arrive during the morning. Thunderstorms are possible in the run-up to the first 90-minute practice session of the year which is due to begin at 12:30 local time.
Windy conditions will make taking to the track extra-risky for those who do decide to venture out. The forecast improves as the day goes on and any rain which does fall may dry up in time for the second practice session.
The risk of rain on Saturday is not as high but if it does arrive the timing is likely to coincide with the first qualifying session of the year. Maximum temperatures will fall from 20C on Friday to 18C on Saturday.
By Sunday the conditions should be sunny and much more settled. Temperatures of up to 21C are expected on race day. The wind will continue to drop and the risk of rain is negligible.
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