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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.

  • 12 °C

    10 °C

    Light rain
  • 12 °C

    9 °C

    Cloudy
  • 10 °C

    3 °C

    Light rain
  • 8 °C

    4 °C

    Cloudy
  • 11 °C

    6 °C

    Light rain
  • 11 °C

    7 °C

    Cloudy
  • 9 °C

    3 °C

    Light shower day
Tuesday (21 February 2017)
13 00 14 00 15 00 16 00 17 00 18 00 19 00 20 00 21 00 22 00 23 00
Heavy rain Heavy rain Overcast Overcast Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast
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12  ° 11  ° 11  ° 11  ° 11  ° 11  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  °
Warnings
Weather warnings may have been issued
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9  ° 9  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 6  °
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90% 90% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
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SW 14 24 SW 14 24 SW 14 26 SW 15 26 WSW 14 27 SW 13 27 SW 16 31 SW 15 29 WSW 16 30 WSW 16 33 WSW 18 35
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) arrow down
G G M M G G G VG VG VG VG
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89% 91% 94% 95% 91% 91% 90% 88% 87% 89% 91%
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1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sunrise: 07:12 Sunset: 17:33 Moon phase: Third quarter Air pollution: 3
Wednesday (22 February 2017)
00 00 01 00 02 00 03 00 04 00 05 00 06 00 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
Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Cloudy
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10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 11  ° 11  ° 11  ° 12  ° 12  ° 11  ° 11  ° 11  ° 11  ° 11  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  °
Warnings
Weather warnings may have been issued
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6  ° 6  ° 6  ° 6  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 8  ° 8  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 8  ° 8  ° 8  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 7  °
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10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 20% 20% 20% 10%
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WSW 19 35 WSW 17 33 WSW 17 33 WSW 18 34 SW 16 31 SW 15 29 SW 15 29 WSW 16 30 SW 15 30 SW 14 28 WSW 14 28 WSW 15 28 WSW 15 29 WSW 15 29 WSW 15 29 WSW 14 28 WSW 14 29 WSW 13 27 WSW 14 28 WSW 14 28 WSW 15 31 WSW 15 32 SW 15 31 SW 15 30
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VG VG VG G G VG VG VG G G G G G G G G G G G G G VG VG VG
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91% 92% 92% 93% 94% 91% 89% 89% 89% 90% 88% 87% 86% 86% 87% 88% 88% 89% 89% 92% 92% 89% 90% 89%
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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: 07:10 Sunset: 17:35 Moon phase: Waning crescent Air pollution: 3
Thursday (23 February 2017)
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Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Heavy shower day Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy night Clear night
Temperature (°C) arrow down
10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 9  ° 9  ° 8  ° 6  ° 5  °
Warnings
Weather warnings may have been issued
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7  ° 6  ° 6  ° 5  ° 4  ° 4  ° 2  ° 1  °
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20% 10% 50% 70% 10% 10% <5% <5%
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SW 15 33 SW 18 37 SW 19 41 WSW 22 46 W 24 51 WNW 21 46 WNW 15 33 W 14 27
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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89% 87% 85% 83% 64% 64% 67% 70%
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0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0
Sunrise: 07:08 Sunset: 17:37 Moon phase: Waning crescent Air pollution: 3
Friday (24 February 2017)
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Clear night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
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4  ° 3  ° 3  ° 4  ° 7  ° 8  ° 6  ° 5  °
Warnings
Weather warnings may have been issued
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0  ° -1  ° -1  ° 1  ° 4  ° 5  ° 4  ° 2  °
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<5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 10% 10% 20%
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W 12 23 W 11 21 W 10 18 W 9 19 WNW 13 27 WNW 12 24 W 8 15 SW 8 15
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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72% 75% 79% 78% 64% 61% 73% 85%
UV index arrow down
0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0
Sunrise: 07:06 Sunset: 17:38 Moon phase: Waning crescent Air pollution: 3
Saturday (25 February 2017)
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Cloudy Light rain Light rain Overcast Light rain Light rain Cloudy Partly cloudy night
Temperature (°C) arrow down
5  ° 6  ° 7  ° 8  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 9  °
Warnings
Weather warnings may have been issued
Feels like temperature (°C) arrow down
2  ° 3  ° 4  ° 5  ° 6  ° 7  ° 6  ° 6  °
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20% 50% 50% 20% 50% 50% 20% 10%
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SSW 10 19 SSW 12 24 SSW 15 29 SW 17 33 SW 19 37 SW 19 37 SW 17 33 WSW 15 29
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) arrow down
G G G G G G G G
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89% 89% 90% 89% 86% 85% 87% 88%
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0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
Sunrise: 07:04 Sunset: 17:40 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Sunday (26 February 2017)
00 00 03 00 06 00 09 00 12 00 15 00 18 00 21 00
Partly cloudy night Clear night Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Light rain Cloudy
Temperature (°C) arrow down
8  ° 7  ° 7  ° 8  ° 10  ° 11  ° 9  ° 9  °
Warnings
Weather warnings may have been issued
Feels like temperature (°C) arrow down
5  ° 4  ° 4  ° 5  ° 7  ° 8  ° 6  ° 5  °
Precipitation probability arrow down
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 40% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) arrow down
WSW 13 25 WSW 12 21 SW 11 20 SW 11 21 SW 15 29 SW 15 28 SW 13 25 SW 14 26
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) arrow down
VG VG G VG VG G G G
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89% 88% 89% 86% 76% 78% 84% 88%
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0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
Sunrise: 07:01 Sunset: 17:42 Moon phase: New
Monday (27 February 2017)
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Cloudy Overcast Light rain Cloudy Light shower day Light shower day Light shower night Cloudy
Temperature (°C) arrow down
8  ° 8  ° 7  ° 7  ° 9  ° 8  ° 6  ° 5  °
Warnings
Weather warnings may have been issued
Feels like temperature (°C) arrow down
5  ° 4  ° 4  ° 4  ° 5  ° 4  ° 3  ° 1  °
Precipitation probability arrow down
20% 20% 50% 20% 40% 40% 40% 20%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) arrow down
SSW 14 27 SSW 14 26 SSW 13 25 SSW 14 26 SW 16 31 SSW 15 29 SSW 13 25 SSW 13 24
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) arrow down
G G G G G G G G
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89% 89% 89% 85% 76% 76% 81% 85%
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0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
Sunrise: 06:59 Sunset: 17:44 Moon phase: New
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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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