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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.

  • Cloudy 20 °C

    10 °C

  • Sunny day 17 °C

    8 °C

  • Sunny day 19 °C

    9 °C

  • Cloudy 19 °C

    10 °C

  • Sunny day 22 °C

    12 °C

  • Sunny day 25 °C

    14 °C

Wednesday (Wednesday 20 June 2018)
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Warnings
Clear night Clear night Cloudy Partly cloudy night Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny day Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy night
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
16 ° 16 ° 15 ° 15 ° 15 ° 16 ° 17 ° 17 ° 18 ° 18 ° 19 ° 18 ° 19 ° 19 ° 19 ° 19 ° 19 ° 18 ° 17 ° 15 ° 15 ° 14 ° 13 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
15 ° 15 ° 15 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 15 ° 16 ° 16 ° 16 ° 16 ° 16 ° 16 ° 16 ° 17 ° 17 ° 17 ° 17 ° 15 ° 14 ° 13 ° 13 ° 12 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SSW 8 17 S 8 15 SSW 8 15 SSW 9 18 SSW 10 17 SSW 9 17 SSW 10 16 SW 11 17 SW 13 20 SW 14 23 SW 16 26 SW 15 24 WSW 15 25 WSW 15 24 WSW 13 22 WSW 12 21 W 12 21 WNW 11 18 NW 11 19 NNW 11 18 NNW 9 17 NNW 10 18 NNW 7 16
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G G G G G G G G G G VG VG VG VG VG G G VG VG VG VG
Humidity
86% 86% 91% 94% 94% 90% 86% 81% 81% 80% 79% 80% 79% 75% 75% 74% 69% 72% 74% 72% 67% 64% 66%
UV index
1 1 1 2 2 3 4 4 5 5 4 3 3 2 1 1 1
Sunrise: 04:48 Sunset: 21:31 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 2 Pollen: H
Thursday (Thursday 21 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 Sunny day Sunny day Clear night
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 11 ° 13 ° 15 ° 17 ° 16 ° 12 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
11 ° 11 ° 9 ° 8 ° 10 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 11 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
NNW 6 14 NNW 6 15 NW 7 18 NNW 11 20 NNW 12 21 NNW 14 24 NNW 14 24 NNW 13 23 NNW 8 16
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG E E E E VG
Humidity
70% 72% 76% 69% 56% 48% 43% 45% 59%
UV index
1 4 7 4 1
Sunrise: 04:48 Sunset: 21:31 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 3 Pollen: H
Friday (Friday 22 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)
10 ° 8 ° 10 ° 14 ° 17 ° 19 ° 18 ° 14 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
9 ° 7 ° 9 ° 13 ° 16 ° 17 ° 16 ° 12 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
NW 5 11 NW 5 9 NW 6 13 N 8 18 NNW 7 18 NNW 7 17 NNW 8 16 N 7 13
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
73% 83% 81% 62% 52% 46% 47% 60%
UV index
1 5 8 5 1
Sunrise: 04:49 Sunset: 21:32 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 3 Pollen: VH
Saturday (Saturday 23 June 2018)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Clear night Partly cloudy night Sunny day Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy night
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
11 ° 9 ° 11 ° 15 ° 18 ° 19 ° 19 ° 15 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
9 ° 8 ° 10 ° 14 ° 16 ° 18 ° 17 ° 14 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
N 5 10 NNW 5 9 NNW 5 11 NNW 6 16 NW 6 17 NW 6 16 NNW 6 14 N 5 10
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% 84% 79% 64% 54% 50% 51% 66%
UV index
1 5 8 5 1
Sunrise: 04:49 Sunset: 21:32 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 2 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 Partly cloudy night Sunny intervals Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Clear night
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
12 ° 10 ° 12 ° 17 ° 20 ° 22 ° 22 ° 18 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
11 ° 9 ° 12 ° 17 ° 20 ° 22 ° 22 ° 18 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
NNE 5 8 NNE 4 6 N 3 6 NNW 2 10 NW 3 12 WNW 4 12 NW 4 8 NNE 3 4
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
78% 88% 79% 61% 55% 50% 49% 68%
UV index
1 5 8 5 1
Sunrise: 04:49 Sunset: 21:32 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous
Monday (Monday 25 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 ° 15 ° 20 ° 23 ° 24 ° 24 ° 20 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
14 ° 13 ° 15 ° 20 ° 23 ° 24 ° 24 ° 20 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
SSE 5 7 SE 4 6 E 3 7 NNW 4 11 SSE 5 14 N 5 14 N 5 10 N 5 8
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
78% 83% 77% 62% 50% 49% 50% 68%
UV index
1 5 8 4 1
Sunrise: 04:50 Sunset: 21:32 Moon phase: Waxing 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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