By Renee Duff AccuWeather Meteorologist
07th July 2019, 12:44:03 EDT
After the rain has delayed the NASCAR race at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, the oppressive humidity for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Sunday can lead to more severe thunderstorms Run.
Showers and thunderstorms moved into the area on Saturday afternoon and continued in the evenings.
At 18:40 EDT, the Daytona International Speedway delayed the race due to thunderstorms and broadcast the update a little less than an hour before the start of the race. Nearly two hours later, the race was postponed to Sunday afternoon .
Chase Elliott's crew pushes his car back into the garage area after the NASCAR Cup Series car race was suspended due to rain at the Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 6, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Florida. The race was postponed for Sunday. (AP Photo / Terry Renna)
Around this time, however, more showers and thunderstorms hit the area on Sunday, possibly leading to further delays.
"It looks like a similar lineup on Sunday, with storms expected to break out in the entire region in the afternoon and evening, and the storms will be slow to develop and could lead to delays again," said Alan Reppert, senior Meteorologist at AccuWeather
On Sunday morning, the prospect of further thunderstorms prompted NASCAR to move EDT up the green flag by 18 minutes at 13:04.
The race is expected to start punctually, but the return of thunderstorms may cause officials to throw the red flag before all rounds are over.
Every thunderstorm will cause dangerous lightning strikes, according to which the spectators must look for suitable shelter.
Staying in the stands or under trees and canopies is a dangerous place for thunderstorms.
"A closed metal vehicle with a hard top can be a safe place to avoid being struck by lightning." AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
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Before the race, drivers and fans are struggling with oppressive humidity.
Temperatures will be in the early '80s, with AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures nearing the start of the race on Sunday of the century mark.
The actual temperatures have dropped back to the lower 80s by the end of the race. However, any thunderstorm that crosses the area can suddenly lower temperatures by 10 degrees Fahrenheit or more.
NASCAR was plagued by rain this weekend in Daytona.
In wet weather, the Xfinity Series race was delayed by more than two hours on Friday night. The rain came in so early that the crews were able to dry the track and finish the race.
This is the second week in a row that the weather has hit the Monster Energy Cup series.
Last Sunday, the race on Chicagoland Speedway was stopped by heavy thunderstorms.
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