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Difficult conditions ahead for the World Solar Challenge

Kim Westcott, Sunday October 8, 2017 - 11:18 EDT

This year's race will test the best pioneers and engineers from across the globe, with less than desirable weather conditions.

The multi-day race which spans over 3000 km will see teams depart Darwin today, heading south along the Stuart Highway to their final destination of Adelaide.

Unlike previous years, the weather conditions for this year's race will pose several problems. A lingering low pressure trough remains situated near the first overnight pit-stop, bringing the threat of showers and storms. While Monday's conditions look more promising with more sunshine to fuel the cars, increasing thick cloud and storm activity will be on the cards for Tuesday.

A deep low pressure trough will cross into SA and western parts of the NT during Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, potentially making the run to Port Augusta on Wednesday quite treacherous. Once this system has moved east by about the afternoon, a strong southwesterly wind change will follow, making it slow-going towards the final stop.

Competitors may reach the official finish line in Victoria Square, Adelaide as early as Thursday morning, which will be beautiful sunny day.

- Weatherzone

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