The 2004 FIA World Rally Championship kicks off this weekend with the 72nd running of the Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo. The event is often unpredictable on the weather front - with rain, snow and ice frequent obstacles. What's in store this time? Read on as's weather guru predicts...

Monaco - Monte Carlo


A dry day on the cards as a window of fine weather opens for the first full day of action. A slack area of high pressure should keep things fine and bright with some spells of sunshine. A light west, north westerly breeze will blow at speeds of 5 to 10mph. A maximum temperature of 14C / 58F can be expected, but in the mountainous stages, this is likely to reach 11C / 50F. A 0 per cent risk of precipitation.


High pressure still clinging on to bring another mainly dry and relatively bright day, with some sunny periods. Clouds will build during the day, threatening a small risk of an afternoon shower. Most of the day should remain dry and settled. Wind direction will back more northerly although no stronger than Friday. Maximum temperature of 13C / 54F, 10C / 48F on higher ground. A 20 per cent risk of precipitation.


A dry start to the day, but showers will never be too far away. Likely to move down from the north during the early part of the afternoon, light to moderate in intensity. Some bright spells are likely in between. Once again, a different feel to the day as more cooler air begins to push in. Maximum temperature of 12C / 52F, 10C / 48F at higher stages across the mountains. A 40 per cent risk of precipitation.

All forecasts kindly provided by Martin Chuter CNS.



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