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Cheltenham Festival 2018 weather forecast

Who will reach the finishing line first?

Tue 13 MarFri 16 Mar 2018

Cheltenham festival hosts some of the most hotly contested events in the racing calendar. The four-day event runs between the 13-16 March at Cheltenham Racecourse and is attended by thousands of spectators each day.

There are 28 races that make up the Cheltenham Festival.

Back to the events calendar.

  • Sunny day 26 °C

    15 °C

  • Sunny day 26 °C

    14 °C

  • Sunny day 25 °C

    12 °C

  • Sunny day 26 °C

    13 °C

  • Sunny day 25 °C

    13 °C

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    14 °C

  • Sunny day 25 °C

    15 °C

Monday (Monday 25 June 2018)
Now 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00 22:00 23:00
Warnings
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%
Temperature (°C)
23 ° 24 ° 25 ° 25 ° 26 ° 26 ° 26 ° 26 ° 25 ° 24 ° 22 ° 20 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
23 ° 24 ° 25 ° 25 ° 26 ° 26 ° 26 ° 26 ° 26 ° 23 ° 21 ° 20 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
N 4 6 NNW 3 4 NW 3 4 NW 3 4 NNW 3 4 NNW 4 5 N 5 6 NNE 4 6 NNE 3 6 ENE 5 9 E 5 8 E 4 10
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
44% 42% 40% 39% 37% 36% 35% 39% 49% 50% 54% 61%
UV index
7 8 7 6 5 4 2 1 1 1
Sunrise: 04:50 Sunset: 21:32 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous Air pollution: 5 Pollen: VH
Tuesday (Tuesday 26 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)
20 ° 19 ° 18 ° 17 ° 16 ° 16 ° 16 ° 16 ° 18 ° 20 ° 22 ° 23 ° 24 ° 25 ° 26 ° 26 ° 26 ° 26 ° 26 ° 25 ° 24 ° 22 ° 21 ° 20 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
19 ° 18 ° 18 ° 17 ° 16 ° 16 ° 16 ° 16 ° 18 ° 20 ° 22 ° 23 ° 23 ° 24 ° 25 ° 25 ° 25 ° 25 ° 25 ° 24 ° 23 ° 21 ° 19 ° 18 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
ENE 6 12 ESE 6 12 NNE 4 8 NE 3 5 ESE 3 5 NNW 2 4 NNW 3 5 NNW 3 5 N 3 6 N 4 7 NNE 5 8 E 5 9 E 6 10 ENE 6 10 ENE 6 11 ENE 6 11 ENE 7 12 ENE 7 12 ENE 7 13 ENE 7 13 ENE 6 14 ENE 7 16 ENE 8 17 E 9 20
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG G G G G G G G G G VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
57% 63% 68% 74% 78% 78% 78% 79% 74% 67% 57% 48% 42% 39% 37% 35% 34% 35% 36% 39% 45% 49% 52% 55%
UV index
1 1 1 2 4 5 6 7 8 7 6 5 4 2 1 1 1
Sunrise: 04:50 Sunset: 21:32 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous Air pollution: 4 Pollen: VH
Wednesday (Wednesday 27 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 Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Clear night
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
19 ° 18 ° 14 ° 15 ° 18 ° 23 ° 25 ° 24 ° 19 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
17 ° 16 ° 14 ° 14 ° 17 ° 21 ° 23 ° 22 ° 17 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
ESE 9 18 ESE 8 16 E 3 7 ENE 6 12 ENE 8 17 ENE 9 19 ENE 9 20 ENE 9 18 ENE 9 17
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG G VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
62% 69% 82% 79% 60% 42% 37% 42% 56%
UV index
1 5 8 5 1
Sunrise: 04:50 Sunset: 21:32 Moon phase: Full Air pollution: 3 Pollen: VH
Thursday (Thursday 28 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)
15 ° 12 ° 13 ° 18 ° 23 ° 25 ° 25 ° 20 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
13 ° 11 ° 12 ° 17 ° 23 ° 24 ° 23 ° 18 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
ENE 8 15 ENE 7 12 NE 7 15 NE 7 16 NE 7 18 NE 9 20 NE 9 19 ENE 9 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
66% 83% 85% 69% 55% 46% 46% 58%
UV index
1 5 8 5 1
Sunrise: 04:51 Sunset: 21:32 Moon phase: Full Air pollution: 4 Pollen: VH
Friday (Friday 29 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)
16 ° 14 ° 14 ° 19 ° 23 ° 24 ° 23 ° 18 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
15 ° 13 ° 13 ° 17 ° 21 ° 22 ° 21 ° 17 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
ENE 8 15 ENE 8 13 NE 8 18 NE 9 20 NE 10 23 ENE 11 24 ENE 10 22 ENE 10 19
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
70% 84% 84% 63% 49% 44% 47% 59%
UV index
1 5 8 5 1
Sunrise: 04:51 Sunset: 21:32 Moon phase: Full Air pollution: 3 Pollen: VH
Saturday (Saturday 30 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)
15 ° 13 ° 14 ° 19 ° 23 ° 25 ° 24 ° 20 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 17 ° 22 ° 24 ° 23 ° 18 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
ENE 9 17 ENE 8 14 ENE 8 17 NE 9 19 NE 8 19 NE 9 20 NE 9 18 NE 10 17
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
74% 86% 82% 61% 48% 44% 48% 65%
UV index
1 5 8 5 1
Sunrise: 04:52 Sunset: 21:31 Moon phase: Full
Sunday (Sunday 1 July 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% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
17 ° 15 ° 15 ° 20 ° 23 ° 24 ° 23 ° 20 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
15 ° 14 ° 14 ° 18 ° 23 ° 24 ° 23 ° 19 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
NE 10 18 NE 9 17 NE 10 18 NE 9 20 ENE 8 21 E 7 17 NNW 6 13 ESE 7 14
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
75% 81% 81% 68% 57% 58% 64% 73%
UV index
1 4 6 4 1
Sunrise: 04:53 Sunset: 21:31 Moon phase: Waning gibbous
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13-16 March - Will this year's Cheltenham festival be awash with sunshine? Check the Cheltenham weather forecast.

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 - in 2016 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

The festival highlights are spread over all four days with the ones to watch listed below.

Date Day Big races
13 March   Champion Day      2018 Champion Hurdle
14 March   Ladies Day 2018 Queen Mother Champion Chase    
15 March   St Patrick's Day 2018 Ladbrokes World Hurdle
16 March Gold Cup Day 2018 Gold Cup

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

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