The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will kick off Saturday against the Virginia Tech Hokies under intermittently cloudy skies and amid temperatures in the upper 30s, according to the latest Accuweather forecast.
A moderate breeze will be blowing when the game begins around 2:30 p.m., but the chance of rain — or snow — at this point is only 20 percent. The temperate will drop about five degrees from the start of the game to its finish, but remain above freezing. Sunset is at 6:38 p.m.
If you’re a hardcore tailgater, the forecast for 7 a.m. — when the lots open — is 35 degrees, cloudy, with a light breeze and a 37 percent chance of precipitation.
The predicted high of 40 degrees and forecasted low of 29 degrees is about 10 degrees colder than a typical Nov. 2 day at Notre Dame. The record of 76 degrees was set in 1933, two days before Hunk Anderson’s struggling Irish would drop their third of four consecutive games in a road tilt. The low of 15 degrees was established in 1951, a travel day for the Irish to Baltimore before a game against the Navy Midshipmen.
The last Nov. 2 game played at Notre Dame Stadium was in 2013, when the 25th ranked Irish held off the middling Navy Midshipmen, 38-34. The temperature at kickoff was 45 degrees with cloudy skies and the occasional shower.