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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.

  • Sunny intervals 11 °C

    3 °C

  • Sunny day 13 °C

    4 °C

  • Cloudy 13 °C

    6 °C

  • Cloudy 13 °C

    6 °C

  • Sunny intervals 14 °C

    8 °C

  • Cloudy 15 °C

    9 °C

  • Cloudy 15 °C

    4 °C

Friday (24 March 2017)
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Overcast Cloudy Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Overcast Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny day Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny day Sunny day Clear night Clear night Clear night Clear night Clear night
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
6  ° 5  ° 5  ° 5  ° 5  ° 6  ° 7  ° 7  ° 8  ° 9  ° 10  ° 11  ° 11  ° 11  ° 11  ° 10  ° 9  ° 8  ° 7  ° 6  ° 5  °
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Precipitation probability Expand
10% <5% <5% <5% 10% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
NE 13 25 NE 12 23 NE 16 30 ENE 15 30 ENE 14 28 ENE 16 29 NE 15 28 ENE 13 25 ENE 13 24 ENE 12 22 ENE 13 23 ENE 13 22 ENE 12 21 NE 11 20 NE 9 18 NE 8 17 NE 8 18 NNE 8 18 NNE 7 17 N 7 15 N 7 14
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
M M G G G G G VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG G G G
Humidity Expand
86% 86% 86% 87% 88% 84% 82% 79% 77% 73% 71% 69% 67% 67% 68% 71% 75% 80% 83% 85% 88%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Sunrise: 06:03 Sunset: 18:28 Moon phase: Waning crescent Air pollution: 3
Saturday (25 March 2017)
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Clear night Clear night Clear night Clear night Clear night Clear night Clear night Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Clear night Clear night Clear night Clear night Clear night
Warnings
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2  ° 2  ° 1  ° 1  ° 0  ° 0  ° 0  ° 0  ° 2  ° 4  ° 5  ° 7  ° 9  ° 10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 9  ° 9  ° 8  ° 6  ° 5  ° 4  ° 4  ° 3  °
Precipitation probability Expand
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
N 7 13 N 7 14 N 8 14 N 7 14 N 7 13 N 7 12 N 7 12 NNE 7 13 NNE 8 15 NE 9 16 NE 11 20 NE 12 21 NE 13 23 NE 13 24 NE 14 25 NE 14 27 NE 14 27 NE 12 26 NE 11 24 NE 10 24 NE 9 21 NNE 8 19 NNE 8 18 NNE 7 17
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G G G G G G G G G G VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
89% 90% 90% 91% 92% 93% 93% 92% 86% 79% 72% 61% 49% 46% 44% 46% 47% 50% 54% 55% 58% 60% 61% 63%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 3 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Sunrise: 06:00 Sunset: 18:29 Moon phase: Waning crescent Air pollution: 3
Sunday (26 March 2017)
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Clear night Clear night Partly cloudy night Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
5  ° 4  ° 4  ° 8  ° 12  ° 13  ° 11  ° 8  °
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2  ° 1  ° 1  ° 5  ° 9  ° 10  ° 8  ° 5  °
Precipitation probability Expand
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 10% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
NE 8 18 NE 9 19 ENE 9 20 ENE 11 24 ENE 14 29 ENE 15 29 ENE 11 23 E 11 21
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
64% 75% 84% 77% 65% 62% 73% 79%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 2 3 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:58 Sunset: 18:31 Moon phase: Waning crescent Air pollution: 3
Monday (27 March 2017)
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Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Overcast Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Clear night
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
6  ° 6  ° 6  ° 8  ° 12  ° 13  ° 12  ° 9  °
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3  ° 3  ° 3  ° 5  ° 10  ° 11  ° 10  ° 7  °
Precipitation probability Expand
10% 10% 10% 10% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
E 10 20 E 9 18 E 9 18 E 11 21 E 11 22 ESE 10 20 E 8 15 ESE 9 16
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG G VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
88% 92% 93% 85% 71% 63% 72% 82%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 1 3 2 1 0
Sunrise: 06:56 Sunset: 19:33 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Tuesday (28 March 2017)
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Clear night Partly cloudy night Clear night Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
7  ° 7  ° 6  ° 10  ° 13  ° 14  ° 12  ° 10  °
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5  ° 4  ° 4  ° 8  ° 11  ° 11  ° 10  ° 8  °
Precipitation probability Expand
<5% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% <5%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
ESE 9 16 ESE 8 15 SE 7 13 SSE 10 19 S 11 23 SSW 12 23 SSW 10 18 SSW 9 16
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
88% 91% 93% 84% 72% 69% 80% 90%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 2 3 1 1 0
Sunrise: 06:53 Sunset: 19:34 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Wednesday (29 March 2017)
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Partly cloudy night Cloudy Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
9  ° 9  ° 9  ° 11  ° 14  ° 14  ° 13  ° 11  °
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7  ° 7  ° 7  ° 9  ° 11  ° 11  ° 11  ° 9  °
Precipitation probability Expand
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SSW 9 17 S 9 17 S 10 18 S 12 24 SSW 15 28 SSW 15 28 S 13 24 S 13 24
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G G G G VG VG VG G
Humidity Expand
93% 94% 94% 87% 76% 74% 79% 84%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 1 3 1 1 0
Sunrise: 06:51 Sunset: 19:36 Moon phase: New
Thursday (30 March 2017)
0100 0400 0700 1000 1300 1600 1900 2200
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
10  ° 10  ° 10  ° 12  ° 14  ° 11  ° 11  ° 9  °
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8  ° 7  ° 7  ° 9  ° 11  ° 9  ° 9  ° 7  °
Precipitation probability Expand
10% 10% 20% 10% 10% 20% 20% 20%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
S 14 25 S 13 25 S 13 24 S 15 28 S 17 33 SSE 9 18 NNW 8 15 N 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
87% 89% 91% 84% 75% 69% 73% 80%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 1 2 2 1 0
Sunrise: 06:49 Sunset: 19:38 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.

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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