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2024 Bahrain Grand Prix weather forecast

The Bahrain Grand Prix will kickstart the 2024 F1 season this weekend – but what will the weather be like at the Bahrain International Circuit?

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This weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix will kickstart the record-breaking 2024 Formula 1 season, with all the teams entering the event having gathered substantial data at the Bahrain International Circuit last week during pre-season testing.

Unsurprisingly, given the desert climate, the entirety of the test was completed in dry and warm conditions, whilst some wind was present.

According to our friends at WeerOnline.nl, similar conditions are to be expected throughout the season-opener. The weather is currently forecast to improve as the Grand Prix develops, with Thursday set to be the windiest of the three days.

Of course, this weekend's race in Bahrain and next weekend's event in Saudi Arabia will follow a slightly different schedule, with FP1 and FP2 taking place on a Thursday, FP3 and qualifying on a Friday and the race on a Saturday.

This has been done out of respect for Ramadan, the Islamic holy month which starts next Sunday. By bringing the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix forwards by a day, the sport had to also move the Bahrain GP forwards to ensure that a week was present between the races.

Wind to ease by Saturday

Looking ahead to the forecast in Bahrain for F1, the weather will be dry and sunny on Thursday with the air temperature being over 20 degrees Celsius; however, the wind will be at its strongest on the opening day.

This could unsettle the cars, similarly to how it did when the wind was strong at times during pre-season testing. Friday will also be dry and sunny with windy conditions in the morning. Thankfully, though, the strong sea breeze will decrease as the day develops just in time for qualifying in the evening.

As for race day, Saturday looks set to be the best day of the Grand Prix weather wise, with the wind to be significantly calmer. The air temperature for the race is currently forecast to be 21 degrees Celsius, much cooler than the 40 degrees Celsius Bahrain experiences in the summer months.

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