Talladega Race Weekend forecast: Dry conditions continue

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Forecast for Tallaedega this weekend.

Forecast for Tallaedega this weekend.

Heading to Talladega this weekend for the big NASCAR race? You’ll need to pack a little bit of everything, but leave the fire-starting materials at home.

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After the cold front swings through the region Friday afternoon, expect mostly clear skies for both Saturday and Sunday. Bring the sunglasses and the sunscreen for the day, and the heavy jackets and blankets if you plan to camp out Friday and Saturday night.

REMEMBER: Talladega Superspeedway has implemented a burn ban for the duration of the NASCAR race week, so absolutely no campfires, pit fires or bonfires will be allowed, and fireworks are also banned.

Saturday: Temperatures will be in the low 50s when Grandstands open at 8 a.m., and a brisk northwest wind will make it feel very chilly until the afternoon, especially in the shade. By the start of the fred’s 250 at 12pm, temperatures will be in the mid-60s, climbing into the upper 60s by the end of the race. Sunset will occur at 6:02 p.m., after which temperatures will fall back into the 50s before midnight. Overnight lows will dip into the mid-40s.

Sunday: Temperatures will be in the mid-40s at sunrise (6:56 a.m.) and gradually rise into the mid-50s in time for the 8 a.m. opening of the Grandstands and eventually reach the low 70s for the start of the Alabama 500 at 12 p.m. Throughout the race, afternoon highs will top out in the mid-70s, and the wind will gradually shift from the northwest to the southeast at 5-10 mph.

Enjoy the race this weekend!