Formula 1 continues in America this weekend. On the circuit in Miami, the drivers and the many spectators have to contend with tropical heat. The sun shines brightly, but sometimes it hides behind cumulus clouds. However, the chance of a shower during the race has decreased.
In tropical southern Florida, high temperatures and high humidity come as no surprise. The Formula 1 weekend there will therefore take place under tropical conditions. On Saturday in free practice and qualifying as well as on Sunday in the race, the sun is shining brightly and it remains almost dry. A few showers or thunderstorms are possible on Sunday morning, but it is likely to remain dry during the race, which starts at 15:30 local time. The time difference with eastern America is six hours and we can watch the race at 9:30 p.m.
Very high temperatures and solar power
Temperatures will rise to 33 degrees this Saturday in Miami, around 32 degrees on race Sunday, and the track itself will be a few degrees warmer, especially when the sun shines on the tarmac. The asphalt temperature will therefore be very high. The many spectators have to reckon with the very high solar radiation. This is 10 to 11 and that means unprotected skin can burn in as little as 10 minutes.
Danger of showers remains
The very high temperatures and high humidity in South Florida can culminate in a local rain or thunderstorm in the afternoon. There is little expectation for such a shower to occur just over the circuit. However, a full dry weather guarantee cannot be given for these areas. F1 teams must therefore keep an eye on the rain radar.