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Cheltenham Festival 2017 weather forecast

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 21 °C

    13 °C

  • Cloudy 19 °C

    15 °C

  • Cloudy 20 °C

    12 °C

  • Cloudy 18 °C

    12 °C

  • Cloudy 19 °C

    13 °C

  • Light rain 19 °C

    12 °C

  • Light shower day 18 °C

    11 °C

Thursday (Thursday 22 June 2017)
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W 11 21 WNW 12 21 W 11 18 WNW 11 19 WNW 9 16 WNW 7 13 WNW 5 11
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
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72% 69% 67% 68% 70% 72% 73%
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2 2 1 1 1 0 0
Sunrise: 04:49 Sunset: 21:32 Moon phase: Waning crescent Air pollution: 2
Friday (Friday 23 June 2017)
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Cloudy Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast
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Precipitation probability Expand
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
W 7 13 WSW 9 16 WSW 10 17 WSW 9 16 WSW 10 18 WSW 11 19 WSW 11 20 WSW 12 21 WSW 14 24 WSW 14 25 WSW 15 27 WSW 16 27 WSW 16 28 WSW 16 28 WSW 15 27 WSW 15 27 WSW 15 27 SW 15 28 SW 16 28 SW 15 27 SW 14 25 SW 14 25 SW 13 24 SW 13 24
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
75% 77% 78% 81% 81% 79% 77% 76% 76% 74% 73% 73% 69% 67% 66% 68% 70% 74% 78% 80% 83% 85% 87% 88%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 3 4 5 5 6 5 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 0 0
Sunrise: 04:49 Sunset: 21:32 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Saturday (Saturday 24 June 2017)
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Overcast Overcast Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Light shower day Cloudy Clear night
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13 ° 13 ° 14 ° 14 ° 15 ° 15 ° 16 ° 16 ° 13 °
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10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 40% 10% <5%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SW 13 23 SW 13 23 SW 13 23 WSW 11 21 WSW 13 23 WSW 13 26 WSW 13 26 W 12 26 WNW 10 20
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
89% 90% 90% 86% 74% 70% 70% 64% 64%
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0 0 0 1 3 6 4 1 0
Sunrise: 04:49 Sunset: 21:32 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Sunday (Sunday 25 June 2017)
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Clear night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
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11 ° 10 ° 11 ° 12 ° 14 ° 15 ° 14 ° 13 °
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<5% <5% 10% 10% <5% <5% <5% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
W 9 17 W 9 18 W 10 20 W 13 26 W 13 27 W 13 27 W 11 22 W 8 14
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG G
Humidity Expand
72% 77% 73% 61% 53% 50% 58% 71%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 4 7 4 1 0
Sunrise: 04:50 Sunset: 21:32 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Monday (Monday 26 June 2017)
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Cloudy Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
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13 ° 13 ° 14 ° 16 ° 18 ° 18 ° 18 ° 16 °
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10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 20%
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WSW 6 12 WSW 6 11 SSW 6 12 SW 7 15 SW 8 17 SW 8 17 WSW 6 13 WSW 6 10
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
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81% 85% 82% 74% 68% 67% 75% 86%
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0 0 1 3 4 2 1 0
Sunrise: 04:50 Sunset: 21:32 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Tuesday (Tuesday 27 June 2017)
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Cloudy Cloudy Heavy rain Cloudy Cloudy Light shower day Cloudy Cloudy
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Temperature (°C) arrow down
15 ° 14 ° 14 ° 16 ° 18 ° 18 ° 17 ° 15 °
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14 ° 13 ° 13 ° 14 ° 16 ° 16 ° 15 ° 13 °
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20% 20% 70% 20% 20% 30% 20% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
WSW 6 12 W 7 13 WSW 8 15 W 10 19 WNW 11 23 NW 12 24 WNW 11 21 WNW 9 16
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
89% 92% 90% 81% 72% 69% 74% 81%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 3 5 3 1 0
Sunrise: 04:50 Sunset: 21:32 Moon phase: Waxing crescent
Wednesday (Wednesday 28 June 2017)
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Partly cloudy night Cloudy Sunny intervals Cloudy Light shower day Light shower day Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night
Warnings
Temperature (°C) arrow down
13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 15 ° 17 ° 17 ° 16 ° 14 °
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12 ° 11 ° 11 ° 13 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 12 °
Precipitation probability Expand
10% 10% 10% 20% 40% 40% 20% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
WSW 9 16 WSW 9 16 SW 9 18 WSW 11 22 WSW 13 25 W 13 26 W 13 24 W 11 20
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G G G G G G VG G
Humidity Expand
86% 88% 87% 79% 71% 67% 69% 78%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 3 5 3 1 0
Sunrise: 04:51 Sunset: 21:32 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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