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What are the chances of rain affecting the Imola Grand Prix?

With the Emilia Romagna region suffering from heavy rainfall in the last two weeks, will things ease up in time for the race at Imola?

Two weeks after the Miami Grand Prix, Formula 1 embarks on a triple-header, with the first stop being the legendary Imola circuit for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. The Emilia Romagna region of Italy has been affected by heavy rainfall, with teams and organisers hoping that the intensity will ease in time for the race weekend. Ahead of the race, the area is going to be affected by up to 50-100mm of rain up to and including tomorrow evening, which is likely to settle down as we approach the Grand Prix weekend. Formula 1 has procedures and setups in place to minimise the disruption from adverse weather, such as remote broadcasting operations in the UK, and improvements to the circuit facilities have been undertaken following the rain-affected 2022 race. With thanks to our friends at WeerOnline.nl , here's the current weather forecast for the 2023 F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Showers an ever-present threat

Any rain seen over the course of the weekend will be less intense than the rainfall during the week, but the threat of rain will continue over the course of the weekend. During free practice and qualifying there is a greater risk of rain, with occasional showers varying in intensity. There will be a greater risk of rain for Qualifying on Saturday, which may mean that the new qualifying format will not be used. On both days, temperatures will be around 20 degrees Celsius and there will be moderately windy conditions. Rain is also a possibility for the race day, but the greater risk will be in the morning, with some dry spells anticipated for the race time in the afternoon. However, rain during the race cannot be completely ruled out at this stage, as showers will be present in the region on Sunday.

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