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Weather update - dry qualifying in prospect 05 Mar 2004

Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari.
Australian Grand Prix, Rd 1, Albert Park, Australia, 5 March 2004 Gianmaria Bruni (ITA) Minardi.
Australian Grand Prix, Rd 1, Albert Park, Australia, 5 March 2004 Cristiano Da Matta (BRA) Toyota.
Australian Grand Prix, Rd 1, Albert Park, Australia, 5 March 2004 Mike Gascoyne (GBR) Toyota Technical Director.
Australian Grand Prix, Rd 1, Albert Park, Australia, 5 March 2004

Welcome to qualifying day for the first round of the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship here in Melbourne.

Currently it's cloudy with a temperature of 22C, which is expected to rise to 27C as the day goes on. The chance of rain, predicted earlier in the week, has now switched to tomorrow, when a high of only 18C is anticipated.

The locals, however, warn about taking weather forecasts here too seriously. One official said yesterday: "We have a saying here in Melbourne: 'If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes and it will have changed.”