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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 28 races that make up the Cheltenham Festival - 14 chase, 13 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.

  • Cloudy 9 °C

    2 °C

  • Light rain 10 °C

    4 °C

  • Cloudy 12 °C

    7 °C

  • Cloudy 13 °C

    7 °C

  • Cloudy 13 °C

    7 °C

  • Cloudy 14 °C

    7 °C

  • Cloudy 15 °C

    8 °C

Wednesday (26 April 2017)
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3 4 4 5 4 3 3 2 1 1 1 0 0 0
Sunrise: 05:49 Sunset: 20:24 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Thursday (27 April 2017)
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<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 50% 50% 80% 50% 50% 50% 50% 30% 10% 10% 20% 20%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
NW 4 6 WNW 3 6 W 3 7 WSW 3 7 WSW 3 6 SW 3 7 SSW 4 6 SSW 4 7 WSW 4 9 WSW 5 11 W 7 13 W 8 16 W 9 17 W 9 18 WNW 9 18 WNW 9 19 WNW 10 20 NW 9 18 NW 8 16 NW 9 18 NW 8 18 NW 8 16 NW 8 16 NNW 7 15
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
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Humidity Expand
80% 84% 85% 84% 83% 82% 81% 79% 75% 73% 71% 72% 74% 78% 79% 78% 78% 79% 80% 79% 80% 82% 84% 86%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0
Sunrise: 05:47 Sunset: 20:25 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Friday (28 April 2017)
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80% 80% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 10%
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NNW 6 13 N 5 9 NW 4 8 NW 4 8 NNW 5 14 NNW 6 15 NNW 5 13 NNW 3 7 SSE 4 8
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
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89% 90% 93% 88% 73% 57% 51% 54% 69%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 1 3 4 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:45 Sunset: 20:27 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Saturday (29 April 2017)
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S 5 9 S 5 10 SSE 4 9 S 7 17 S 9 20 SSE 9 21 SE 9 20 SE 9 18
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG G G VG VG VG VG VG
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73% 79% 83% 65% 56% 55% 56% 64%
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0 0 1 3 4 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:43 Sunset: 20:29 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 3
Sunday (30 April 2017)
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ESE 13 26 ESE 14 27 ESE 14 29 ESE 15 33 ESE 17 36 SE 15 31 SE 12 26 SE 11 23
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG VG VG VG G G G
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69% 72% 73% 66% 60% 67% 76% 84%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 2 4 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:41 Sunset: 20:30 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 3
Monday (1 May 2017)
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7  ° 5  ° 5  ° 8  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 8  °
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Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SE 9 19 SSE 10 19 SSE 10 19 SE 13 25 E 14 27 SE 13 26 SW 12 22 SE 10 19
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G G G G G G G G
Humidity Expand
88% 88% 87% 78% 68% 66% 71% 82%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 3 4 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:40 Sunset: 20:32 Moon phase: Waxing crescent
Tuesday (2 May 2017)
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Cloudy Partly cloudy night Cloudy Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Clear night
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6  ° 6  ° 6  ° 9  ° 12  ° 12  ° 12  ° 10  °
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10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
S 10 18 SE 9 17 SSE 9 17 SE 10 21 E 11 23 E 11 21 N 9 17 NNE 8 15
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G G G G G VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
88% 91% 91% 82% 72% 69% 74% 84%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 3 4 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:38 Sunset: 20:34 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.

Cheltenham Festival weather forecast 2017


Cheltenham Festival weather forecast - 16-17 Mar 2017

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 Stayers' 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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