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Cheltenham Festival 2017 weather forecast

Who will reach the finishing line first?

Tue 14 MarFri 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.

  • Heavy rain 15 °C

    11 °C

  • Cloudy 13 °C

    11 °C

  • Light shower day 13 °C

    9 °C

  • Sunny intervals 12 °C

    10 °C

  • Overcast 16 °C

    13 °C

  • Light shower day 16 °C

    12 °C

  • Cloudy 15 °C

    11 °C

Thursday (Thursday 19 October 2017)
Now 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00 22:00 23:00
Warnings
Heavy rain Heavy rain Light rain Light rain Light rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Light shower night Light shower night
90% 90% 60% 60% 70% 90% 90% 40% 30%
Temperature (°C)
15 ° 14 ° 13 ° 13 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 13 °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 10 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SW 17 26 SSW 10 17 SSE 7 15 SSE 11 23 SE 17 33 SSE 18 34 SSE 17 32 S 14 29 S 15 30
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
P M G G M M VG VG E
Humidity Expand
94% 93% 91% 89% 90% 91% 90% 89% 86%
UV index Expand
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:39 Sunset: 18:07 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Friday (Friday 20 October 2017)
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
Cloudy Light rain Light rain Light shower night Light shower night Light shower night Light shower night Light shower night Light shower day Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light shower night Heavy rain Heavy rain
10% 50% 50% 40% 40% 40% 30% 30% 30% 10% 10% 20% 10% 10% 10% <5% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 40% 90% 80%
Temperature (°C)
12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SSE 16 32 S 16 33 S 16 33 S 15 29 SSW 13 26 SW 12 22 W 12 24 WSW 11 23 WSW 11 22 WSW 12 23 WSW 13 24 WSW 13 24 WSW 13 25 WSW 14 26 WSW 13 26 SW 13 26 SW 13 25 SW 11 21 S 10 21 S 11 23 S 13 27 SSE 15 31 SSE 17 35 S 17 36
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
E VG VG VG VG G VG VG VG VG VG G VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG G M G
Humidity Expand
86% 87% 90% 92% 92% 92% 91% 90% 90% 89% 88% 86% 83% 78% 73% 68% 65% 68% 71% 74% 78% 80% 85% 88%
UV index Expand
1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:41 Sunset: 18:04 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Saturday (Saturday 21 October 2017)
00:00 01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Heavy shower night Heavy shower night Partly cloudy night Clear night Sunny day Light shower day Light shower day Light shower night Cloudy
70% 70% 10% 10% 10% 40% 60% 40% 10%
Temperature (°C)
14 ° 14 ° 13 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 11 ° 11 °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
11 ° 12 ° 10 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 8 ° 7 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
S 16 33 SSW 15 31 SSW 17 35 SSW 19 40 SSW 21 44 SSW 24 50 SW 22 45 SW 18 38 WSW 18 35
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G VG E E VG VG G VG VG
Humidity Expand
89% 87% 79% 74% 71% 72% 79% 83% 77%
UV index Expand
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:43 Sunset: 18:02 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Sunday (Sunday 22 October 2017)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night Cloudy
10% 10% 10% <5% 10% 10% <5% 10%
Temperature (°C)
10 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 11 °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
7 ° 6 ° 5 ° 7 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
WSW 17 33 W 16 31 W 16 31 WSW 15 29 W 18 34 W 15 29 WSW 12 22 SW 12 22
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
76% 76% 75% 72% 65% 70% 78% 85%
UV index Expand
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:44 Sunset: 18:00 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Monday (Monday 23 October 2017)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Cloudy Light rain Light rain Overcast Overcast Overcast Cloudy Overcast
20% 60% 60% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20%
Temperature (°C)
11 ° 12 ° 13 ° 14 ° 15 ° 16 ° 15 ° 15 °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
8 ° 10 ° 11 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 12 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SW 13 26 SW 14 28 SW 14 27 SSW 14 26 SW 15 29 SW 14 26 SW 13 25 SW 14 26
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G G G G G G G G
Humidity Expand
89% 91% 91% 91% 89% 88% 91% 92%
UV index Expand
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:46 Sunset: 17:58 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 2
Tuesday (Tuesday 24 October 2017)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Cloudy Overcast Light rain Light shower day Light shower day Light shower day Cloudy Overcast
20% 20% 50% 30% 40% 30% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 15 ° 15 ° 14 ° 13 °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 11 ° 11 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SW 14 26 SW 14 25 SW 14 25 SW 14 26 SW 16 30 SW 16 29 SW 14 25 SW 13 24
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G G G G G G VG VG
Humidity Expand
92% 93% 93% 90% 81% 80% 86% 89%
UV index Expand
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:48 Sunset: 17:56 Moon phase: Waxing crescent
Wednesday (Wednesday 25 October 2017)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Light shower day Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
10% 10% 10% 20% 30% 20% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 14 ° 15 ° 14 ° 13 ° 13 °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
11 ° 10 ° 10 ° 11 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 11 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SW 13 23 SW 12 22 SW 12 21 SW 12 22 SW 14 26 SW 13 24 SW 11 21 SSW 11 20
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G G G VG G VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
90% 91% 91% 88% 81% 82% 87% 89%
UV index Expand
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:50 Sunset: 17:54 Moon phase: Waxing crescent
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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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