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Grand National 2017 weather forecast

Grand National

Sat 8 Apr 2017

The Grand National was first run in 1839 and was won by a horse called Lottery. This year the race will once again take place on the 4 mile, 2½ furlong course at Aintree, with the winner receiving over £500,000 in winnings.

This year's event takes place on Saturday 8 April but racing takes place across three days with the Grand Opening Day on Thursday 6 and Ladies Day on Friday 7 before the Grand National Day.

Back to the events calendar.

  • Light rain 20 °C

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  • Sunny day 21 °C

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  • Light shower day 16 °C

    13 °C

  • Light shower day 16 °C

    13 °C

  • Light rain 17 °C

    15 °C

  • Light shower day 19 °C

    14 °C

  • Sunny intervals 19 °C

    14 °C

Wednesday (Wednesday 16 August 2017)
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Cloudy Light shower night
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78% 77%
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0 0
Sunrise: 05:52 Sunset: 20:39 Moon phase: Third quarter Air pollution: 2
Thursday (Thursday 17 August 2017)
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0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 3 4 5 6 5 4 3 3 2 1 1 0 0 0
Sunrise: 05:54 Sunset: 20:37 Moon phase: Third quarter Air pollution: 2
Friday (Friday 18 August 2017)
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Partly cloudy night Thunder Thunder shower night Light shower day Cloudy Heavy shower day Heavy shower day Heavy rain Heavy shower night
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SSW 10 20 SSW 9 18 WSW 14 27 WSW 15 30 WSW 18 32 WSW 16 29 SW 18 34 WSW 19 37 W 22 42
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76% 79% 84% 80% 68% 65% 65% 79% 84%
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0 0 0 1 3 3 2 1 0
Sunrise: 05:56 Sunset: 20:34 Moon phase: Waning crescent Air pollution: 2
Saturday (Saturday 19 August 2017)
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Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light shower day Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night
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81% 82% 82% 74% 70% 63% 67% 75%
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0 0 1 3 5 3 1 0
Sunrise: 05:58 Sunset: 20:32 Moon phase: Waning crescent Air pollution: 2
Sunday (Sunday 20 August 2017)
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Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light rain Heavy shower day Heavy shower night
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WSW 10 19 SW 9 16 SSW 8 15 S 10 19 S 11 22 S 12 23 S 11 20 SSW 9 16
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Sunrise: 05:59 Sunset: 20:30 Moon phase: Waning crescent Air pollution: 2
Monday (Monday 21 August 2017)
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Light shower night Heavy shower night Light shower day Heavy shower day Light shower day Light shower day Light shower day Partly cloudy night
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SW 10 18 SSW 10 18 SSW 11 20 SW 13 24 WSW 14 27 WSW 15 27 WSW 15 26 W 15 25
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
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90% 92% 91% 84% 77% 74% 78% 84%
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0 0 1 2 4 2 1 0
Sunrise: 06:01 Sunset: 20:28 Moon phase: New
Tuesday (Tuesday 22 August 2017)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
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Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
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W 15 26 WNW 15 27 WNW 14 25 NW 15 27 WNW 16 28 NW 16 28 NNW 14 25 NNW 13 22
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
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86% 87% 87% 80% 73% 71% 73% 81%
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0 0 1 3 4 2 1 0
Sunrise: 06:03 Sunset: 20:26 Moon phase: New
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8 April - Check the weather forecast for the biggest steeplechase event in the UK, the Grand National.

The Grand National is an annual National Hunt horse race which takes place at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool. The race is watched by around 70,000 people at the course, as well as an estimated 600 million global television audience.


Grand National forecast - 7 April 2017

The course and the weather

The Grand National consists of two laps of the Aintree National Course with 30 fences for the horses to jump including the famous Becher's Brook, The Chair and the Canal Turn. The course record is 8 minutes 48 seconds which was achieved by Mr Frisk in 1990. Red Rum is the most successful horse in the history of the race with three wins (1973, 1974, 1977). In 2016 the race was won by Rule The World who was ridden by David Mullins and trained by Mouse Morris.

Spectators and riders will all be looking for the perfect race conditions to suit the style of their chosen horse and rider. All 40 riders will be looking for a clear and not too gusty day.

On the day of the race the course officials will check the course conditions and inform the owners and jockeys. This information also helps those who have an interest in the race. Owners will be looking for the course to be classed as 'good' which means the ground will be neither too hard or too soggy.

Will the weather make for a successful race day? Check the Aintree Racecourse weather forecast.

Red Rum

Red Rum is probably the most famous name to be associated with the Grand National. Red Rum won the Grand National in 1973 and 1974, but then came second in the next two Grand Nationals. After having two years of poor race placements and calls to retire due to being over raced his trainer Donald McCain had faith that the winning horse could take one more title. Red Rum went on to win the 1977 Grand National.

Red Rum passed away at the age of 30 and is buried at the finishing line of the Grand National course. There is also a gold statue of the three-time winner at Aintree.

Weather forecasting and horse racing

As the national hunt racing season draws to an end Kevin McConway, Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics at The Open University, helps to explain the nature of probability and how weather forecasting and horse racing are unlikely partners when it comes to beating the odds.

As one of the top two performing weather forecasting centres in the world, Met Office forecasts are highly valued. Continuing improvements in accuracy with, for example, four day forecasts today being as accurate as a one day forecast back in the 1980s, enable the public and society to take a wider range of weather related decisions with more confidence. The chaotic nature of weather does mean that there are unavoidable limitations to what we can predict. However, by calculating the confidence in a weather forecast we aim to give people a clear picture of any uncertainties.

 

To check all the runners and riders in this year's Grand National check the official Grand National site.

You can check the weather forecast for other events through the Events Calendar.

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