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The Cancer Research UK Boat Races 2017 weather forecast

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Sun 2 Apr 2017

The Boat Race is one of the oldest sporting events in the world and takes place between the Oxford and Cambridge University rowing crews. The race is watched by thousands of people who line the route, as well as an estimated 100 million global television audience.

This year's event takes place on Sunday 2 April when Cambridge will be hoping to repeat last year's performance.

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  • Cloudy 17 °C

    9 °C

  • Light rain 13 °C

    8 °C

  • Cloudy 15 °C

    8 °C

  • Cloudy 13 °C

    9 °C

  • Cloudy 14 °C

    8 °C

  • Cloudy 14 °C

    8 °C

  • Cloudy 14 °C

    8 °C

Sunday (30 April 2017)
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Light shower day Light rain Light rain Light rain Heavy rain
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15  ° 14  ° 13  ° 12  ° 12  °
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SE 15 27 SE 13 25 ESE 9 18 ESE 11 22 SE 10 20
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47% 66% 74% 80% 83%
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1 1 0 0 0
Sunrise: 05:35 Sunset: 20:21 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 3
Monday (1 May 2017)
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Heavy rain Light rain Light rain Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light rain Cloudy Light rain Light shower day Light shower day Light rain Light shower day Light shower day Light shower day Cloudy Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
Warnings
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11  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 10  ° 10  ° 11  ° 11  ° 12  ° 12  ° 12  ° 12  ° 12  ° 11  ° 11  ° 11  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  °
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9  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 7  ° 7  ° 6  ° 6  ° 6  ° 7  ° 7  ° 8  ° 8  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  °
Precipitation probability Expand
80% 60% 50% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 40% 10% 50% 40% 30% 50% 40% 40% 30% 10% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SSE 10 21 S 9 17 SSE 8 17 SSE 9 18 SE 9 19 SE 9 20 SE 10 21 SE 11 23 SE 12 24 SE 13 26 SSE 13 26 SSE 12 25 SSE 12 25 SSE 15 30 SSE 15 30 SSE 14 29 SSE 14 28 SSE 14 28 SE 13 27 SE 12 25 SE 11 23 SE 11 22 ESE 9 19 ESE 9 18
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G VG VG VG VG VG VG G VG G G G G G G VG G VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
84% 81% 80% 79% 78% 79% 78% 79% 77% 77% 74% 73% 72% 69% 67% 65% 67% 66% 68% 70% 73% 75% 77% 77%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 3 3 4 4 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0
Sunrise: 05:33 Sunset: 20:23 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 3
Tuesday (2 May 2017)
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Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light shower night
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10  ° 10  ° 9  ° 9  ° 12  ° 15  ° 15  ° 13  ° 11  °
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<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 10% 30% 30%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
E 8 16 E 7 15 NE 6 13 NE 6 13 NE 8 16 NE 9 19 NNE 9 19 NE 10 22 NNE 9 18
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG G G G VG VG G VG
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78% 79% 84% 88% 69% 52% 54% 71% 80%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 1 3 4 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:31 Sunset: 20:25 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 2
Wednesday (3 May 2017)
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Cloudy Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Cloudy Overcast Cloudy
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9  ° 8  ° 8  ° 10  ° 12  ° 13  ° 12  ° 10  °
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6  ° 6  ° 6  ° 8  ° 10  ° 10  ° 9  ° 7  °
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NNE 9 18 NNE 9 18 NNE 9 18 NE 12 25 NE 12 26 NE 13 28 NE 12 25 NNE 11 22
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG G G G G G VG G
Humidity Expand
84% 87% 86% 74% 66% 64% 69% 78%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 2 3 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:29 Sunset: 20:26 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 3
Thursday (4 May 2017)
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Overcast Cloudy Overcast Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Sunny day Clear night
Warnings
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9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 10  ° 13  ° 14  ° 12  ° 9  °
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7  ° 6  ° 6  ° 8  ° 10  ° 11  ° 10  ° 7  °
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10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% <5% <5%
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NNE 10 20 NNE 10 20 NNE 10 20 NE 12 25 NE 13 28 NE 14 30 NE 13 27 NE 11 22
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG VG G VG VG VG VG
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80% 82% 81% 75% 62% 52% 54% 69%
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0 0 1 3 4 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:27 Sunset: 20:28 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 3
Friday (5 May 2017)
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Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy night
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Temperature (°C) arrow down
8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 11  ° 13  ° 14  ° 12  ° 10  °
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5  ° 5  ° 6  ° 8  ° 10  ° 11  ° 9  ° 7  °
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<5% <5% <5% 10% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
NE 10 19 NE 9 18 NE 10 19 ENE 13 25 ENE 14 29 ENE 15 30 ENE 14 28 ENE 11 22
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG VG G VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
79% 84% 85% 73% 59% 55% 60% 70%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 3 5 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:26 Sunset: 20:30 Moon phase: First quarter
Saturday (6 May 2017)
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Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Cloudy Overcast Cloudy Sunny intervals Cloudy
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9  ° 8  ° 8  ° 10  ° 13  ° 14  ° 13  ° 11  °
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6  ° 5  ° 5  ° 8  ° 10  ° 11  ° 11  ° 9  °
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Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
NE 11 21 NE 11 21 NE 11 21 NE 13 25 ENE 13 26 ENE 12 24 NE 10 21 NE 9 17
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG G G VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
80% 84% 86% 77% 66% 62% 64% 74%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 3 4 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:24 Sunset: 20:31 Moon phase: First quarter

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2 April - Will 2017 be the year for Oxford or Cambridge? Check the London weather forecast.

The men's Boat Race was first held in 1829 and this year sees the 163rd running of the race which takes place on the 4.2 mile stretch of the River Thames between Putney and Mortlake. The reserves' and women's race will take place on the same afternoon.

Race weather forecast

The crews

The men's Boat Race is an annual race between the Oxford University 'Dark Blues' crew and the Cambridge University 'Light Blues' crew. Cambridge currently leads with 82 victories against Oxford's 79. The boats row side-by-side along the 6.8 km Championship Course on the River Thames between Putney and Mortlake. This has been the course for the men's race since 1864. The reserve race is held between Oxford's 'Isis' crew and Cambridge's 'Goldie' crew.

The course record is 16 minutes 19 seconds which was achieved by Cambridge in 1998. In 2003 Oxford won by just 1 foot and this remains the closest finish on the Championship Course.

The women's Boat Race was first held in 1927 and currently Cambridge leads with 41 victories to Oxford's 30. Last year was the first time the women raced on the same course as the men.

More than 250,000 people line the course to cheer on the rowing eights, while millions more watch it on the television. Two Boat Race in the Park events have also been set up in Bishop's Park, Fulham and Furnivall Gardens, Hammersmith for spectators to watch the whole event. Both locations are alongside the race's Tideway course, making for great spectator locations.

Check the official Boat Race websitefor up-to-date crew information. 

The Boat Race and the weather

Extreme weather can have a serious affect on the race and the history of The Boat Race has seen six boats sink. If very strong winds and high tides coincide it can make for 'treacherous' conditions. In 1912 both boats filled with water and the race was stopped; in 1951 Oxford sank and the race was rescheduled two days later; in 1978 the Cambridge boat took on water and eventually sank. In 1984 Cambridge sank even before the race began but this was more to do with the fact that they hit a barge than anything to do with the weather!

Will the rowers and spectators be bathed in sunshine or will one of the crews take a dunk in the Thames? Check the London weather forecast to find out. You can check the weather forecast for other events through the events calendar.

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