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The Cancer Research UK Boat Races 2018 weather forecast

Rowing

Sat 24 Mar 2018

The Boat Race is one of the oldest sporting events in the world and takes place between the Oxford and Cambridge University rowing crews. The race is watched by thousands of people who line the route, as well as an estimated 100 million global television audience.

This year's event takes place on Saturday 24 March when Oxford will be hoping to repeat last year's performance.

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  • Sunny intervals 20 °C

    13 °C

  • Sunny day 22 °C

    14 °C

  • Sunny intervals 23 °C

    15 °C

  • Cloudy 24 °C

    16 °C

  • Sunny day 26 °C

    17 °C

  • Sunny day 26 °C

    13 °C

  • Sunny intervals 23 °C

    14 °C

Thursday (Thursday 21 June 2018)
Now 23:00
Warnings
Partly cloudy night Clear night
<5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
17 ° 17 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
15 ° 14 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
NNW 9 19 NNW 10 20
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG
Humidity
41% 46%
UV index
Sunrise: 04:43 Sunset: 21:21 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 3 Pollen: VH
Friday (Friday 22 June 2018)
00:00 01:00 02:00 03:00 04:00 05:00 06:00 07:00 08:00 09:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00 22:00 23:00
Warnings
Clear night Clear night Clear night Clear night Clear night Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Clear night Clear night
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
15 ° 15 ° 14 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 13 ° 14 ° 15 ° 16 ° 17 ° 18 ° 19 ° 20 ° 21 ° 21 ° 21 ° 21 ° 21 ° 21 ° 20 ° 19 ° 17 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 13 ° 14 ° 15 ° 16 ° 17 ° 17 ° 18 ° 19 ° 19 ° 19 ° 19 ° 19 ° 19 ° 18 ° 17 ° 16 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
NNW 10 21 NNW 9 20 NNW 9 19 NW 7 16 NW 7 17 NW 5 13 NW 4 10 NNW 5 11 NNW 5 11 NNW 5 11 NNW 6 13 NNW 6 13 NNW 6 13 NNW 6 14 NNW 6 14 NNW 6 14 NNW 6 14 NNW 6 15 N 6 16 N 6 16 N 6 15 NNE 6 14 ENE 6 14 ESE 6 13
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG G G G G G G VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
49% 54% 58% 61% 64% 67% 68% 68% 64% 58% 52% 48% 44% 40% 37% 35% 34% 33% 32% 32% 33% 36% 43% 53%
UV index
1 1 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 7 5 4 3 2 1 1 1
Sunrise: 04:43 Sunset: 21:22 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 3 Pollen: VH
Saturday (Saturday 23 June 2018)
00:00 01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Clear night Clear night Clear night Sunny day Cloudy Sunny day Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10%
Temperature (°C)
16 ° 15 ° 14 ° 13 ° 16 ° 20 ° 22 ° 22 ° 20 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
15 ° 14 ° 13 ° 13 ° 15 ° 18 ° 21 ° 20 ° 18 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SE 5 12 SE 5 10 WSW 5 10 NW 4 9 W 5 11 WNW 5 14 NW 6 17 NNW 7 18 NNW 7 16
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG G G G VG VG VG VG
Humidity
59% 63% 69% 67% 56% 41% 35% 37% 46%
UV index
1 5 8 4 1
Sunrise: 04:43 Sunset: 21:22 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 3 Pollen: VH
Sunday (Sunday 24 June 2018)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
17 ° 15 ° 14 ° 17 ° 20 ° 23 ° 23 ° 20 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
16 ° 15 ° 14 ° 17 ° 20 ° 22 ° 22 ° 19 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
N 6 14 NNE 4 9 N 4 9 NE 2 8 NE 2 10 NE 3 12 ENE 5 16 SE 6 16
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG G G VG VG VG VG
Humidity
56% 65% 71% 65% 47% 39% 40% 54%
UV index
1 5 7 4 1
Sunrise: 04:44 Sunset: 21:22 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous Air pollution: 3 Pollen: VH
Monday (Monday 25 June 2018)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Partly cloudy night Clear night Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Clear night
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
17 ° 16 ° 16 ° 18 ° 22 ° 24 ° 25 ° 22 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
17 ° 16 ° 16 ° 18 ° 22 ° 24 ° 24 ° 21 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SSE 4 11 SSE 3 8 SSE 3 8 NNW 3 10 SE 3 11 N 3 13 NE 5 16 E 6 16
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
64% 68% 69% 59% 48% 41% 40% 52%
UV index
1 5 7 4 1
Sunrise: 04:44 Sunset: 21:22 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous Air pollution: 4 Pollen: VH
Tuesday (Tuesday 26 June 2018)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Clear night Clear night Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Clear night
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
19 ° 17 ° 17 ° 20 ° 24 ° 25 ° 24 ° 19 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
18 ° 17 ° 17 ° 19 ° 23 ° 24 ° 22 ° 18 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SE 4 10 S 3 8 SE 3 7 ENE 4 12 ENE 6 18 ENE 7 20 E 9 22 E 8 18
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG G VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
63% 69% 72% 58% 44% 37% 41% 60%
UV index
1 5 8 4 1
Sunrise: 04:45 Sunset: 21:22 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous
Wednesday (Wednesday 27 June 2018)
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 Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Clear night
<5% <5% 10% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
15 ° 14 ° 14 ° 16 ° 21 ° 23 ° 22 ° 18 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
14 ° 13 ° 12 ° 15 ° 19 ° 21 ° 20 ° 17 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
ENE 7 16 ENE 7 16 ENE 7 16 ENE 8 18 ENE 9 21 ENE 10 24 E 11 24 ENE 9 21
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG G VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
74% 81% 83% 72% 54% 46% 48% 63%
UV index
1 4 7 4 1
Sunrise: 04:45 Sunset: 21:22 Moon phase: Full
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24 March - Will 2018 be the year for Oxford or Cambridge? Check the London weather forecast.

The men's Boat Race was first held in 1829 and this year sees the 163rd running of the race which takes place on the 4.2 mile stretch of the River Thames between Putney and Mortlake. The reserves' and women's race will take place on the same afternoon.

The crews

The men's Boat Race is an annual race between the Oxford University 'Dark Blues' crew and the Cambridge University 'Light Blues' crew. Cambridge currently leads with 82 victories against Oxford's 79. The boats row side-by-side along the 6.8 km Championship Course on the River Thames between Putney and Mortlake. This has been the course for the men's race since 1864. The reserve race is held between Oxford's 'Isis' crew and Cambridge's 'Goldie' crew.

The course record is 16 minutes 19 seconds which was achieved by Cambridge in 1998. In 2003 Oxford won by just 1 foot and this remains the closest finish on the Championship Course.

The women's Boat Race was first held in 1927 and currently Cambridge leads with 42 victories to Oxford's 30. Last year was the first time the women raced on the same course as the men.

More than 250,000 people line the course to cheer on the rowing eights, while millions more watch it on the television. Two Boat Race in the Park events have also been set up in Bishop's Park, Fulham and Furnivall Gardens, Hammersmith for spectators to watch the whole event. Both locations are alongside the race's Tideway course, making for great spectator locations.

Check the official Boat Race website for up-to-date crew information. 

The Boat Race and the weather

Extreme weather can have a serious affect on the race and the history of The Boat Race has seen six boats sink. If very strong winds and high tides coincide it can make for 'treacherous' conditions. In 1912 both boats filled with water and the race was stopped; in 1951 Oxford sank and the race was rescheduled two days later; in 1978 the Cambridge boat took on water and eventually sank. In 1984 Cambridge sank even before the race began but this was more to do with the fact that they hit a barge than anything to do with the weather!

Will the rowers and spectators be bathed in sunshine or will one of the crews take a dunk in the Thames? Check the London weather forecast to find out. You can check the weather forecast for other events through the events calendar.

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