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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.

  • Cloudy 14 °C

    12 °C

  • Light rain 13 °C

    9 °C

  • Cloudy 12 °C

    9 °C

  • Overcast 15 °C

    12 °C

  • Cloudy 16 °C

    12 °C

  • Cloudy 15 °C

    12 °C

  • Cloudy 16 °C

    12 °C

Friday (Friday 20 October 2017)
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Warnings
Heavy shower night Heavy rain Heavy rain
60% 90% 90%
Temperature (°C)
12 ° 13 ° 14 °
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9 ° 9 ° 10 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SSE 17 31 SSE 20 38 SSE 22 39
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G M G
Humidity Expand
79% 86% 89%
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Sunrise: 07:41 Sunset: 18:04 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Saturday (Saturday 21 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
Heavy rain Partly cloudy night Clear night Light shower night Light shower night Partly cloudy night Clear night Clear night Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Light rain Heavy rain Light shower day Cloudy Light shower night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
90% 10% 10% 40% 40% 10% <5% <5% 10% <5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 50% 90% 40% 20% 30% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
14 ° 14 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 °
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11 ° 12 ° 11 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 8 ° 7 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
S 19 32 SSW 15 29 S 14 27 S 16 31 S 18 34 S 16 31 S 19 35 S 20 37 S 22 40 SSW 22 40 SSW 22 39 SSW 23 41 SSW 23 42 SSW 25 44 SSW 27 48 SSW 26 46 SSW 23 42 SW 20 37 SW 18 34 SW 17 32 WSW 17 32 WSW 17 31 WSW 18 32 WSW 19 35
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G VG E E E E E E E VG VG VG VG VG VG G G VG VG VG VG VG E E
Humidity Expand
92% 87% 86% 87% 81% 81% 78% 78% 77% 78% 74% 71% 68% 66% 69% 77% 86% 87% 85% 83% 82% 79% 77% 77%
UV index Expand
1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:43 Sunset: 18:02 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Sunday (Sunday 22 October 2017)
00:00 01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy night
10% 10% 20% 20% 10% 10% 10% 10% <5%
Temperature (°C)
11 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 10 ° 11 ° 12 ° 11 ° 10 °
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7 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 8 ° 9 ° 8 ° 8 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
W 19 34 W 19 35 W 20 36 W 20 36 W 19 34 W 20 37 WNW 17 33 W 13 25 W 12 22
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
E E E VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
77% 77% 76% 76% 70% 63% 68% 76% 82%
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 Cloudy Light rain Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast
10% 10% 50% 20% 20% 20% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 12 ° 14 ° 14 ° 13 ° 13 °
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8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 10 ° 13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
WSW 10 19 WSW 8 16 SSW 7 13 S 7 13 SSW 8 15 SSW 8 15 SSW 8 14 SSW 8 14
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG G G G G G G G
Humidity Expand
87% 91% 94% 92% 89% 87% 94% 95%
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
Overcast Overcast Cloudy Light shower day Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
20% 10% 20% 40% 20% 20% 20% 20%
Temperature (°C)
13 ° 13 ° 14 ° 14 ° 16 ° 16 ° 14 ° 14 °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 13 ° 14 ° 14 ° 13 ° 12 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SSW 8 15 SSW 9 16 SSW 10 19 SW 11 20 SW 12 23 SW 12 22 SW 10 19 SW 9 17
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
95% 95% 95% 94% 87% 85% 91% 93%
UV index Expand
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:48 Sunset: 17:56 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 2
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 Cloudy Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
20% 10% 10% 20% 20% 10% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 13 ° 15 ° 15 ° 14 ° 13 °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
12 ° 11 ° 11 ° 12 ° 13 ° 14 ° 13 ° 12 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SW 9 16 SW 8 14 SW 8 14 SSW 8 15 SW 9 18 SSW 9 16 S 8 14 S 9 16
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
94% 95% 95% 93% 88% 86% 93% 94%
UV index Expand
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:50 Sunset: 17:54 Moon phase: Waxing crescent
Thursday (Thursday 26 October 2017)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 13 ° 15 ° 15 ° 14 ° 13 °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
12 ° 11 ° 11 ° 12 ° 13 ° 14 ° 13 ° 12 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SSW 9 16 SSW 9 16 S 9 16 SSW 9 17 SSW 10 19 SW 9 17 SSW 8 14 SSE 9 15
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
94% 94% 94% 92% 87% 86% 92% 93%
UV index Expand
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:51 Sunset: 17:52 Moon phase: Waxing crescent
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14-17 March - Will this year's Cheltenham festival be awash with sunshine? Check the Cheltenham weather forecast.

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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