The #3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish will kickoff against the #7 Miami-Florida Hurricanes at 8 tonight under cloudy skies and amid temperatures in the high 70s, according to the latest Accuweather forecast.
The weather service says there’s a 34 percent chance that rain will fall at any given point in the area of Hard Rock Stadium around kickoff. That probability increases to 43 percent by halftime, which could give the new Bermuda grass installed this week its biggest test.
The temperature is expected to remain constant throughout the game — pretty much 77 or 78 degrees Fahrenheit, regardless of whether rain ultimately falls. Winds will blow out of the northeast at about 12 miles per hour.
Tailgating at Hard Rock Stadium opens at 7:30 a.m. for Green Lot pass holders and 8:30 a.m. for everyone else. The good news is it will already be 77 degrees by that time; the bad news is you may experience intermittent showers around 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The high will reach 85 degrees, which is very typical for a Nov. 11 in Miami Gardens. The low will be 75 degrees, which is a little bit higher than your normal day.
If this game were played at Notre Dame Stadium, it would be 30 degrees at kickoff with light winds. But there would be no rain! (I’m certain everyone is happier in Miami.)