Weekend weather update - 35 degrees plus in Melbourne 12 Mar 2008
Welcome to the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbournes Albert Park.
The start of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship looks likely to enjoy settled weather. Its due to be partly cloudy on Thursday with an ambient temperature high of 34 degrees Celsius, and that will be the story for the remaining three days, albeit with a rise from Friday to 36 degrees.
The 5.303 km (3.295 mile) circuit remains unchanged since Kimi Raikkonen put his Ferrari on pole position in 2007 in 1m 26.072s before winning the race from the McLarens of Fernando Alonso and debutant Lewis Hamilton.
The race will run over 58 laps or 307.574 kilometres (191.12 miles) and will start at 15.30 hours local time (04.30 hours GMT).