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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 24 °C

    15 °C

  • Sunny day 25 °C

    16 °C

  • Light shower day 22 °C

    12 °C

  • Light rain 20 °C

    13 °C

  • Light rain 18 °C

    10 °C

  • Cloudy 19 °C

    11 °C

Thursday (25 May 2017)
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Warnings
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Precipitation probability Expand
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Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SE 4 12 ENE 3 9 SE 4 7 SE 4 5 SE 4 6 SE 4 6 SSE 3 6 SSE 3 6 S 4 8 SSE 6 10 SE 7 12 SE 7 13 SE 8 14 SE 8 15 SE 8 15 SE 8 15 SE 8 14 SE 8 15 SE 8 15 ESE 7 15 ESE 9 19 ESE 9 21 ESE 9 20
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG G G G G G G G G VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
81% 80% 81% 86% 86% 85% 82% 78% 69% 62% 59% 56% 54% 52% 52% 51% 53% 54% 57% 62% 62% 64% 66%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 4 5 5 6 5 4 3 3 2 1 1 1 0 0
Sunrise: 05:02 Sunset: 21:09 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 4
Friday (26 May 2017)
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Clear night Clear night Clear night Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Clear night
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18  ° 17  ° 15  ° 16  ° 20  ° 23  ° 24  ° 23  ° 20  °
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16  ° 15  ° 13  ° 14  ° 18  ° 21  ° 21  ° 21  ° 17  °
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<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
ESE 10 23 ESE 11 24 SE 12 26 SE 10 21 SE 12 23 SE 14 27 SE 15 28 SE 12 23 ESE 12 23
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG VG G VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
65% 64% 71% 75% 66% 53% 49% 55% 69%
UV index Expand
0 0 0 1 5 8 5 1 0
Sunrise: 05:01 Sunset: 21:10 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 4
Saturday (27 May 2017)
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Clear night Clear night Sunny intervals Heavy shower day Light shower day Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy
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17  ° 16  ° 17  ° 19  ° 21  ° 22  ° 20  ° 16  °
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15  ° 14  ° 16  ° 18  ° 20  ° 20  ° 19  ° 15  °
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<5% <5% <5% 60% 30% 10% 10% <5%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
ESE 12 24 SE 12 23 SE 11 22 SSE 10 21 SSW 10 22 SW 11 24 SW 10 20 SW 7 14
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
77% 81% 78% 81% 71% 64% 66% 81%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 4 6 4 1 0
Sunrise: 05:00 Sunset: 21:12 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 4
Sunday (28 May 2017)
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Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light rain Light shower day Heavy rain
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13  ° 13  ° 14  ° 17  ° 19  ° 19  ° 18  ° 16  °
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13  ° 13  ° 13  ° 17  ° 19  ° 19  ° 18  ° 15  °
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<5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 40% 30% 70%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SW 5 11 SSW 3 7 NNE 4 10 ENE 5 12 SSE 6 14 NE 7 15 NE 6 14 NE 8 15
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG G VG M G M G
Humidity Expand
90% 89% 88% 75% 69% 75% 81% 84%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 4 5 2 1 0
Sunrise: 04:59 Sunset: 21:13 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Monday (29 May 2017)
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Light rain Overcast Overcast Overcast Light shower day Light shower day Light shower day Cloudy
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15  ° 14  ° 14  ° 15  ° 16  ° 17  ° 16  ° 15  °
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14  ° 13  ° 13  ° 13  ° 15  ° 16  ° 16  ° 14  °
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50% 30% 20% 10% 40% 40% 40% 10%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
N 8 16 N 8 16 N 8 16 N 9 18 N 8 17 SE 9 18 NNW 7 14 NE 7 12
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G G G G G G G G
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91% 92% 91% 87% 82% 75% 79% 80%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 2 4 2 1 0
Sunrise: 04:58 Sunset: 21:14 Moon phase: Waxing crescent
Tuesday (30 May 2017)
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Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Cloudy Partly cloudy night
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12  ° 11  ° 12  ° 15  ° 18  ° 18  ° 17  ° 15  °
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12  ° 10  ° 11  ° 14  ° 16  ° 17  ° 16  ° 13  °
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10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% <5%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
E 5 10 ENE 5 9 W 5 11 ENE 7 15 SW 8 18 WSW 9 19 SW 9 17 SW 7 14
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G G G VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
87% 91% 88% 76% 65% 63% 66% 75%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 4 6 4 1 0
Sunrise: 04:57 Sunset: 21:15 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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