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Grand National 2017 weather forecast

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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.

  • Sunny day 14 °C

    6 °C

  • Cloudy 14 °C

    8 °C

  • Cloudy 13 °C

    11 °C

  • Light rain 14 °C

    10 °C

  • Light shower day 13 °C

    8 °C

  • Light shower day 11 °C

    7 °C

  • Cloudy 12 °C

    8 °C

Monday (27 March 2017)
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ESE 2 13 SE 4 13 SE 6 16 SE 8 18 SE 7 12 SE 9 14 SE 9 15 SE 10 15 SE 10 15 SE 9 15 SE 8 13 SE 9 14 SE 9 14 SE 9 14 SE 7 14 SE 7 14 SE 7 15 ESE 7 17 ESE 8 19
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Sunrise: 06:58 Sunset: 19:37 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Tuesday (28 March 2017)
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Clear night Clear night Clear night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night Cloudy Light rain Light rain
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ESE 8 18 ESE 8 17 ESE 7 16 SE 8 17 SE 9 17 SE 9 17 SE 10 18 SE 10 19 SE 10 18 SE 11 19 SE 11 19 SE 12 20 SSE 11 19 SSE 10 18 S 10 17 S 9 16 SSW 9 17 SSW 9 17 SW 9 17 SW 8 16 SSW 8 15 SSW 8 15 S 8 16 S 8 16
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84% 87% 88% 89% 91% 93% 93% 94% 93% 91% 87% 83% 80% 76% 74% 71% 67% 72% 73% 75% 78% 79% 82% 84%
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0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Sunrise: 06:56 Sunset: 19:39 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Wednesday (29 March 2017)
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S 9 18 S 10 19 S 8 16 SSE 7 15 SSE 9 15 S 11 18 S 11 19 S 11 19 S 11 19
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85% 88% 92% 91% 91% 83% 83% 86% 90%
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0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 0
Sunrise: 06:53 Sunset: 19:41 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Thursday (30 March 2017)
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Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light rain Light shower day Light shower day Light rain Light shower night
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S 11 18 SSE 11 18 SSE 12 20 S 14 24 S 14 25 S 13 21 S 13 21 SSE 13 21
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91% 91% 91% 88% 81% 81% 82% 85%
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Sunrise: 06:51 Sunset: 19:43 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Friday (31 March 2017)
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Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light shower day Light shower day Light shower day Cloudy
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SSE 13 21 SSE 12 19 S 11 18 S 12 21 S 12 22 SSW 12 21 SSW 10 16 S 11 17
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
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87% 88% 88% 83% 74% 71% 77% 85%
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0 0 1 1 2 1 1 0
Sunrise: 06:49 Sunset: 19:45 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 2
Saturday (1 April 2017)
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10% 10% 20% 20% 40% 40% 10% <5%
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
S 11 17 SSW 11 18 SW 11 18 WSW 13 21 WNW 14 24 WNW 14 25 WNW 13 21 NW 12 19
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
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Humidity Expand
88% 89% 91% 86% 81% 78% 81% 85%
UV index Expand
0 0 1 1 3 1 1 0
Sunrise: 06:46 Sunset: 19:46 Moon phase: Waxing crescent
Sunday (2 April 2017)
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Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
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Temperature (°C) arrow down
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6  ° 5  ° 5  ° 7  ° 9  ° 8  ° 8  ° 7  °
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<5% <5% 10% 10% <5% 10% 10% 10%
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NW 11 17 WNW 10 15 W 8 13 W 9 14 W 9 16 W 12 17 WNW 11 15 W 11 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
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87% 89% 91% 85% 76% 76% 79% 82%
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0 0 1 1 3 2 1 0
Sunrise: 06:44 Sunset: 19:48 Moon phase: Waxing crescent

Issued at:

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.

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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