AFTER a massive storm crashed into Bathurst on Monday night, clearer conditions are forecast for the 2019 running of the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour this weekend.
Early forecasts provided by the Bureau of Meteorology predict Sunday’s around-the-clock epic will see a maximum of 32 degrees with partly cloudy conditions, after an overnight low of 18.
A 20% chance chance of rain is forecast for the big day.
Recent weather in the Bathurst region has seen afternoon storms roll in after hot, clear days – which is what happened on Monday afternoon. However the conditions are expected to stabilise for the remainder of the week – with Friday and Saturday in particular looking almost perfect.
The early days of the event weekend also look promising, following a hot start on Thursday where the top is expected to reach 35 degrees Celsius.
A cooler change on Friday will see perfect weather for practice with a top of 25, while Saturday is headed for 28C – ideal conditions for quick lap times in the Pirelli Top-10 shootout and a vast contrast to last year.
Scorching conditions in 2018 saw track temperatures in the high 50-degree mark during the one-lap dash for pole and slowed lap times compared to those set in cooler conditions in previous years.
Scattered cloud on both days should make for perfect conditions for spectating trackside – as well as an expected record number of campers who will begin to descend on Mount Panorama from tomorrow (Wednesday).
Check out the Bathurst weather forecast at the BoM website here.