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Cheltenham Festival 2017 weather forecast

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Who will reach the finishing line first?

Tue 14 Mar - Fri 17 Mar 2017

Cheltenham festival hosts some of the most hotly contested events in the racing calendar. The four-day event runs between the 14-17 March at Cheltenham Racecourse and is attended by thousands of spectators each day.

There are 27 races that make up the Cheltenham festival - 14 chase, 12 hurdle and one bumper (also known as a flat race). Eleven of these races are handicap events which means horses of different weight categories can enter.

Back to the events calendar.

  • 8 °C

    6 °C

    Sunny intervals
  • 9 °C

    7 °C

    Light rain
  • 11 °C

    5 °C

    Cloudy
  • 7 °C

    2 °C

    Heavy shower day
  • 8 °C

    3 °C

    Light shower day
  • 8 °C

    3 °C

    Light rain
  • 9 °C

    3 °C

    Cloudy
Friday (24 February 2017)
07 00 08 00 09 00 10 00 11 00 12 00 13 00 14 00 15 00 16 00 17 00 18 00 19 00 20 00 21 00 22 00 23 00
Partly cloudy night Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny day Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy Sunny intervals Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
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2  ° 2  ° 3  ° 5  ° 6  ° 7  ° 7  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 6  ° 6  ° 6  ° 6  °
Warnings
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0  ° 1  ° 1  ° 2  ° 3  ° 4  ° 5  ° 6  ° 6  ° 6  ° 6  ° 6  ° 4  ° 4  ° 4  ° 4  ° 3  °
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<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10%
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W 5 17 W 3 14 WNW 5 12 WNW 9 17 NW 10 18 NW 8 16 WNW 8 16 WNW 7 15 WNW 8 15 WNW 7 14 W 6 13 SW 5 10 SSW 7 13 SSW 8 17 SSW 9 18 SSW 9 20 SSW 10 22
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VG G VG VG VG E E E E VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
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84% 86% 83% 76% 66% 57% 56% 52% 54% 57% 61% 67% 70% 76% 76% 76% 78%
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0 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sunrise: 07:06 Sunset: 17:38 Moon phase: Waning crescent Air pollution: 3
Saturday (25 February 2017)
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Cloudy Cloudy Light rain Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light rain Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Light rain Light rain Light rain Light rain Light rain
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7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  °
Warnings
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3  ° 3  ° 4  ° 4  ° 4  ° 4  ° 4  ° 4  ° 4  ° 4  ° 4  ° 5  ° 5  ° 5  ° 6  ° 6  ° 6  ° 6  ° 6  ° 6  ° 6  ° 6  ° 7  ° 7  °
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SSW 11 24 SSW 12 26 SSW 12 27 SSW 13 28 SSW 14 29 SSW 14 30 SSW 15 31 SSW 16 33 SW 15 32 SW 16 33 SW 18 37 SSW 17 36 SSW 16 34 SW 17 35 SW 16 35 SW 16 34 SW 16 34 SW 16 33 SW 15 32 SSW 15 31 SW 14 30 SW 14 30 SW 13 28 SW 12 25
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VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG G VG VG VG VG G G VG G VG
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82% 81% 84% 84% 84% 82% 84% 83% 83% 84% 82% 81% 82% 83% 85% 86% 88% 89% 89% 91% 92% 92% 93% 94%
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0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sunrise: 07:04 Sunset: 17:40 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Sunday (26 February 2017)
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Light rain Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Cloudy Overcast Heavy rain
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9  ° 8  ° 7  ° 8  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 9  °
Warnings
Weather warnings may have been issued
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6  ° 5  ° 3  ° 4  ° 6  ° 7  ° 6  ° 5  °
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50% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 80%
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SW 11 22 WSW 10 21 SW 10 21 SW 13 26 SW 19 37 SW 20 40 SW 20 39 SW 17 33
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G VG VG VG VG VG G G
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93% 90% 88% 86% 77% 78% 84% 88%
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0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
Sunrise: 07:01 Sunset: 17:42 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Monday (27 February 2017)
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Light rain Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Heavy shower day Heavy shower day Cloudy Cloudy
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7  ° 6  ° 5  ° 6  ° 7  ° 6  ° 5  ° 4  °
Warnings
Weather warnings may have been issued
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4  ° 2  ° 1  ° 2  ° 3  ° 2  ° 0  ° -1  °
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50% 20% 20% 10% 60% 60% 10% 10%
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SW 13 24 SW 11 22 SSW 12 23 SSW 14 27 SW 18 36 SW 16 30 SW 13 25 SW 13 25
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) arrow down
G VG VG VG G VG VG G
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87% 88% 88% 85% 71% 73% 80% 84%
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0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
Sunrise: 06:59 Sunset: 17:44 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Tuesday (28 February 2017)
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Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light shower day Light shower day Partly cloudy night Clear night
Temperature (°C) arrow down
3  ° 3  ° 2  ° 4  ° 7  ° 7  ° 6  ° 5  °
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Weather warnings may have been issued
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-1  ° -1  ° -1  ° 0  ° 3  ° 4  ° 2  ° 0  °
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10% 10% 10% 10% 30% 40% 10% 10%
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SW 13 24 SSW 11 21 SW 10 18 WSW 11 21 WNW 15 29 WNW 17 32 W 15 27 W 14 26
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) arrow down
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
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85% 87% 90% 84% 68% 62% 74% 80%
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0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0
Sunrise: 06:57 Sunset: 17:46 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 4
Wednesday (1 March 2017)
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Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light shower day Light shower night Cloudy
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4  ° 4  ° 3  ° 5  ° 7  ° 8  ° 6  ° 5  °
Warnings
Weather warnings may have been issued
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0  ° -1  ° -1  ° 1  ° 4  ° 4  ° 3  ° 1  °
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<5% <5% 10% 10% 20% 40% 40% 20%
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W 14 25 WSW 13 24 WSW 11 21 WSW 11 21 WSW 13 25 WSW 14 26 WSW 12 23 WSW 12 23
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) arrow down
VG VG VG VG VG G G G
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82% 84% 87% 84% 74% 73% 81% 85%
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0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
Sunrise: 06:55 Sunset: 17:47 Moon phase: Waxing crescent
Thursday (2 March 2017)
00 00 03 00 06 00 09 00 12 00 15 00 18 00 21 00
Clear night Clear night Clear night Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
Temperature (°C) arrow down
4  ° 4  ° 4  ° 5  ° 8  ° 8  ° 7  ° 6  °
Warnings
Weather warnings may have been issued
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0  ° -1  ° -1  ° 1  ° 4  ° 5  ° 4  ° 2  °
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20% 10% 10% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10%
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WSW 14 25 WSW 14 26 WSW 14 25 WSW 13 25 WSW 16 32 WSW 15 27 WSW 12 22 WSW 11 20
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) arrow down
G VG VG VG G VG VG VG
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85% 84% 85% 80% 69% 70% 77% 84%
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0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
Sunrise: 06:53 Sunset: 17:49 Moon phase: Waxing crescent
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14-17 March - Will this year's Cheltenham festival be awash with sunshine? Check the Cheltenham weather forecast.

The course and the weather

The weather can have a significant impact on the racing so jockeys, owners and spectators will be keeping an eye on the Cheltenham Racecourse weather in the lead up to the festival. 

We had a quick chat with Sarah-Jane from Cheltenham Festival, to find out how the weather can affect the event:

How can the weather affect race preparations?

The weather can affect whether the grass will grow - last year it was so mild that we had to cut it six times over the winter, the winter before we didn't cut it at all.

How does the weather affect race results? 

The weather can affect the 'give' of the course. In dry weather the ground is firmer, and in wet weather it is softer. Different horses like different ground, so the weather can affect race outcomes.

What are the ideal conditions for Cheltenham Festival? 

Ideally it would be dry and warm - between 10-14°C, sunny and the ground would be good to soft.

Race highlights

Gates open at 10.30am, with the first race each day at 1.30pm and the last race each day at 5.30pm.

The festival highlights are spread over all four days with the ones to watch listed below.

Date Day Big races Previous winners from 2016
14 March   Champion Day      Stan James Champion Hurdle Annie Power
15 March   Ladies Day Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase     Sprinter Sacre
16 March   St Patrick's Thursday The Sun Bets Stayer's Hurdle Thistlecrack
17 March Gold Cup Day Cheltenham Timico Gold Cup Don Cossack

You can check the weather forecast for other events through the Events Calendar.

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