The F1 circus arrives in Japan this weekend for the final round of the 2003 championship. Follow the wet weather that disrupted the United States GP two weeks ago, what can the teams and drivers expect this weekend? Read on, as's weather guru predicts...

Suzuka, Japan


A good start to the Grand Prix weekend, as high pressure begins its slow journey across the country. With pressure relatively high, the air stable, it should be mainly dry and fine, with plenty of sunshine and only a small amount of patchy cloud. There will be a slight breeze from the north west, which will hamper temperature progess, making today the coolest day of the weekend. Winds will back north westerly, with gusts to 10mph and a mean wind speed of 6 to 8mph. Temperatures will peak at 25C / 77F. A 0 per cent risk of precipitation.


Once again, a continuation of the dry and settled theme, as the nose of high pressure continues to assert itself across Japan. More sunshine will be evident from dawn with only patchy cloudy building during the morning and early afternoon. This will introduce only a very small risk of a shower moving up from the south. There will be a noticeable warmth, as the wind source will have changed from a north westerly on Friday, to a gentle easterly dragging in warmer air. Winds will gust to 10mph, with mean speeds of 4 to 5mph. Temperatures edging higher at 28 / 82F. A 10 per cent risk of precipitation.


A slight change to the theme this weekend as more cloud is expected across the region. An advancing warm sector from the Pacific could well introduce the risk of some heavy showers, from early afternoon onwards. These showers could well be thundery at times. Before hand, the day should start with sunny intervals, which are expected throughout the morning and first half of the afternoon. It will be a fraction cooler, although still very warm at 25C / 77F in a light and variable breeze. If any showers do fall, temperatures will drop to 19C / 66F. A 40 per cent risk of precipitation during the afternoon.

Weather forecasts kindly provided by Martin Chuter CNS.



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