24-hours of Spa-Francorchamps Weather Report

A high-pressure ridge running from the south of France through Germany and Denmark all the way to Sweden and the baltic sea is keeping any of the two low-pressure systems in the Atlantic from reaching the continent. The collision zone of the fronts seems to run right up through the British isles.

Normally these high-pressure zones are very stable and don’t like to move around much. But they are also prone to forming intense local small low-pressure systems triggering thunderstorms. On Friday the wind will switch from eastern hot air to a more cool northern wind. cloud front currently over the British isles will move east and reach Spa-Francorchamps. This will trigger anything from nothing, to light drizzle to thunderstorms. Current weather models have thunderstorms forming both over France and southern Germany.

This is the current cloud map of Europe. Spa-Francorchamps is indicated by the blue dot.

Along with the wind direction change and potential rain, the temperature will take a dramatic from low thirties to mid to low twenties. Our own models indicate about 10mm of rain afternoon or evening on Friday. That means rain might interfere with qualifying. But the race should remain dry with temperatures from 21-24 degrees in the daytime and quite cool twelve degrees C in the night.

About The Author

Peter Munkholm
When John Nielsen won Le Mans 24-Hours in 1990, Peter was hooked with motorsports. He started sim racing on his uncles PC with Formula One Grand Prix by Geoff Crammond in 1992. Then progressed through IndyCar Simulator and IndyCar Simulator 2 on his Amiga 500+. When he bought his own PC in 1994 and a Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback Pro Joystick he was already deeply in love with sim racing. His first skirmish with light modding was a Pernod Anis blue, white, and red skin for IndyCar Racing 2. He was hooked! But sim racing really kicked off for Peter with Sports Car GT in 1999. And with internet access and what felt like an ocean of mods. Sports Car GT and the F1 simulators with endurance racing mods swallowed most of his spare time. Then the GTR mod for F1 2003 arrived on the scene, from some Swedish dudes who called themselves SIMBIN. That would change everything! Right about then was also when Logitech steering wheels reach a state of useful. So when the GTR game officially released Peter bought a Formula Force GP wheel the same day, went home and founded the Danish Grand Touring League (DGTL). In 2006 the first LAN event was held. This became GTR24H in 2007. As they say. The rest is history!
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