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Cheltenham Festival 2017 weather forecast

Who will reach the finishing line first?

Tue 14 MarFri 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.

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  • Light rain 19 °C

    14 °C

  • Overcast 20 °C

    16 °C

  • Cloudy 23 °C

    16 °C

  • Cloudy 21 °C

    14 °C

  • Cloudy 19 °C

    13 °C

  • Cloudy 20 °C

    13 °C

  • Cloudy 21 °C

    13 °C

Sunday (Sunday 20 August 2017)
Now 21:00 22:00 23:00
Warnings
Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Light rain
≥95% ≥95% ≥95% 60%
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15 ° 15 ° 14 ° 14 °
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15 ° 14 ° 13 ° 12 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SE 5 12 SE 8 17 ESE 11 23 SE 14 27
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
M M M G
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91% 92% 92% 92%
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1 0 0 0
Sunrise: 06:00 Sunset: 20:22 Moon phase: Waning crescent Air pollution: 2
Monday (Monday 21 August 2017)
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Warnings
Light rain Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Cloudy Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Clear night Clear night Partly cloudy night
60% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% <5% <5% <5% <5%
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14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 15 ° 15 ° 15 ° 16 ° 16 ° 17 ° 17 ° 18 ° 18 ° 19 ° 20 ° 20 ° 20 ° 20 ° 19 ° 19 ° 18 ° 17 °
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Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SE 13 27 SE 13 25 SE 10 18 ESE 7 10 NNE 3 5 SSE 3 6 SE 4 7 SSE 5 8 SSE 5 8 SSE 5 7 S 4 7 SSW 4 6 SSW 4 7 SSW 5 9 SSW 5 8 SW 5 9 SW 5 9 SSW 5 9 SSW 6 10 SSW 6 11 SSW 6 11 S 5 11 S 4 10 S 4 9
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG VG VG G G M M M M M M G M G G G G G G G G G G
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93% 93% 95% 95% 96% 97% 97% 97% 96% 95% 94% 93% 92% 92% 91% 87% 83% 80% 80% 80% 83% 86% 89% 90%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0
Sunrise: 06:02 Sunset: 20:20 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Tuesday (Tuesday 22 August 2017)
00:00 01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night
<5% <5% 10% 10% <5% 10% 10% <5% 10%
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17 ° 17 ° 16 ° 17 ° 19 ° 22 ° 23 ° 22 ° 19 °
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18 ° 17 ° 17 ° 17 ° 19 ° 21 ° 22 ° 22 ° 18 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
S 4 8 S 4 8 SE 3 6 SSE 3 7 SSE 6 11 SSE 8 17 SSE 8 16 SE 7 14 SE 9 16
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G G G M VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
91% 93% 94% 95% 84% 72% 68% 74% 85%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 1 3 4 3 1 0
Sunrise: 06:03 Sunset: 20:18 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Wednesday (Wednesday 23 August 2017)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Clear night Clear night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy night
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% <5%
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18 ° 17 ° 17 ° 18 ° 20 ° 20 ° 18 ° 15 °
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16 ° 16 ° 16 ° 17 ° 18 ° 18 ° 16 ° 14 °
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SE 10 19 SSE 8 16 SSW 7 14 WSW 10 19 WSW 11 23 WSW 12 25 WSW 11 21 SW 9 17
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% 81% 67% 61% 67% 82%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 3 4 3 1 0
Sunrise: 06:05 Sunset: 20:16 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Thursday (Thursday 24 August 2017)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Cloudy Partly cloudy night Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy Light shower day Partly cloudy night
<5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 10% 30% <5%
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14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 16 ° 18 ° 19 ° 17 ° 15 °
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13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 14 ° 16 ° 16 ° 15 ° 13 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SW 9 16 SW 9 16 SW 9 17 SW 12 23 WSW 13 26 WSW 13 26 WSW 11 20 SW 9 17
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG G VG VG VG VG VG
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90% 92% 92% 78% 68% 64% 71% 83%
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0 0 1 3 5 2 1 0
Sunrise: 06:06 Sunset: 20:14 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Friday (Friday 25 August 2017)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
<5% <5% 10% <5% 10% 10% 10% <5%
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14 ° 13 ° 13 ° 16 ° 19 ° 20 ° 19 ° 16 °
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13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 15 ° 18 ° 19 ° 18 ° 15 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SW 8 15 SW 8 14 SSW 7 12 SW 9 17 SW 9 19 WSW 8 17 W 6 11 W 5 9
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG G G VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
90% 93% 93% 80% 68% 64% 71% 86%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 3 5 2 1 0
Sunrise: 06:08 Sunset: 20:12 Moon phase: Waxing crescent
Saturday (Saturday 26 August 2017)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
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15 ° 14 ° 14 ° 17 ° 19 ° 20 ° 19 ° 17 °
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14 ° 13 ° 13 ° 16 ° 18 ° 19 ° 18 ° 16 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
W 6 11 NW 6 11 WNW 6 11 NNE 8 15 NW 8 17 NNE 7 16 N 7 12 N 7 12
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG G G VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
89% 91% 92% 80% 68% 65% 70% 81%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 3 4 2 1 0
Sunrise: 06:10 Sunset: 20:10 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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