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Imola weather: What's in store for the Emilia Romagna GP?

The 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix could have some very mixed weather, leading to the potential for drama as F1 rolls out the Sprint format for the first time this season.

Formula 1 returns to Europe for the fourth round of the 2022 season, with the historic Imola circuit playing host to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Having previously held the San Marino Grand Prix for several years, F1 appeared to have left Imola behind after the final race in 2006. But, with venues scarce during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the circuit made an unlikely return, and will now host a race every year until, at least, 2025. This weekend marks the first Sprint event of the season, meaning traditional qualifying will be held on Friday evening, before a short Sprint race on Saturday to determine the starting grid for Sunday's Grand Prix. Already set to be a dramatic weekend, the weather is likely to add further to the unpredictable nature of events. Rain is forecast to strike the track during the course of the three days, meaning an extra headache for the teams as they have to lock in their set-ups after just one practice session on Friday morning. With thanks to our friends at WeerOnline.nl, here's the current weather forecast for the 2022 F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

A weekend of unstable weather

This weekend's race could see similar conditions to what unfolded during last season's Grand Prix at Imola, with showers and thunderstorms forecast to hit at different times over the event. Friday will likely be the wettest of the three days, with rain of between 10 and 20 millimetres expected to fall. The timing of this in relation to qualifying is unpredictable; the likelihood though is that the circuit will be dry, or drying, by the time the session starts. By Saturday, the rain is forecast to have moved east, but an occasional shower could occur during the afternoon and evening. Throughout the day, temperatures will be reasonably warm with 20 degrees Celsius at its peak, and some moderate wind coming from the south. For Sunday's race day, the risk of rain showers increases, although most bursts are expected to pass by the circuit. The chance of a dry race is around 30 percent, with sun breaking through the clouds on occasion to raise the temperature to around 20 degrees. The wind is expected to be quite weak, with little effect on the cars. An updated forecast will be provided during the weekend ahead of Sunday's race, with thanks to WeerOnline.nl.

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