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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.

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  • Light rain 8 °C

    2 °C

  • Sunny intervals 6 °C

    2 °C

  • Overcast 8 °C

    7 °C

  • Overcast 11 °C

    6 °C

  • Cloudy 8 °C

    4 °C

  • Overcast 9 °C

    7 °C

  • Overcast 10 °C

    6 °C

Sunday (Sunday 17 December 2017)
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Warnings
Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Overcast Heavy rain Heavy rain Light rain Light rain Overcast Overcast Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy night
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 10% 20% 90% 90% 60% 50% 10% 10% 20% 10% 10% 10% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
1 ° 2 ° 3 ° 3 ° 4 ° 5 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 7 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 7 ° 6 °
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Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SSE 3 7 SE 4 11 SE 6 11 SSE 5 14 SSE 5 17 S 6 19 SSW 7 20 SSW 8 18 SSW 9 21 SSW 11 23 SSW 13 26 SW 14 27 SW 13 25 WSW 10 22 WSW 10 21 W 9 20 NW 10 20 NNW 8 19 NNW 6 17 NNW 6 16
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
M G VG G G G G G M M G G G M M G VG VG VG VG
Humidity Expand
95% 91% 84% 86% 85% 85% 85% 87% 93% 95% 95% 95% 97% 97% 98% 96% 93% 87% 87% 86%
UV index Expand
1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:11 Sunset: 15:57 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Monday (Monday 18 December 2017)
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Warnings
Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Mist
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
5 ° 4 ° 4 ° 4 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 4 ° 4 ° 5 ° 5 ° 6 ° 5 ° 4 ° 4 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 2 °
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3 ° 2 ° 2 ° 2 ° 1 ° 1 ° 1 ° 1 ° 1 ° 1 ° 3 ° 3 ° 4 ° 5 ° 5 ° 4 ° 3 ° 2 ° 1 ° 1 ° 1 ° 1 ° 1 ° 0 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
NNW 4 13 NNW 4 12 WNW 4 12 SW 4 9 SSW 4 8 SW 4 7 SW 4 6 SW 3 5 SW 4 5 SSW 3 6 SSW 3 5 WSW 2 5 WSW 2 4 WNW 2 4 WSW 2 3 SW 2 4 S 3 4 S 4 5 SSE 4 5 SSE 4 6 SSE 4 7 SSE 4 7 S 5 8 S 3 7
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG VG VG G G G G G G M G G M M M G G G G M M M P
Humidity Expand
87% 88% 89% 90% 90% 90% 91% 91% 91% 92% 92% 91% 90% 90% 90% 91% 90% 92% 92% 93% 92% 93% 92% 92%
UV index Expand
1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:12 Sunset: 15:58 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Tuesday (Tuesday 19 December 2017)
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Warnings
Mist Mist Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast
10% 10% 20% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
2 ° 2 ° 3 ° 4 ° 7 ° 7 ° 8 ° 8 °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
0 ° 0 ° 0 ° 1 ° 5 ° 6 ° 5 ° 6 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
S 3 8 S 5 9 S 6 10 SSW 6 11 SW 7 13 SW 7 12 SW 7 14 SW 8 14
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
P P M M G G G M
Humidity Expand
92% 93% 93% 95% 92% 94% 96% 97%
UV index Expand
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:12 Sunset: 15:58 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 3
Wednesday (Wednesday 20 December 2017)
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Warnings
Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast
10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 20% 20% 10%
Temperature (°C)
8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 ° 11 ° 10 ° 9 ° 8 °
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6 ° 7 ° 7 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 7 ° 6 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SW 8 15 SW 9 17 SW 9 17 SW 9 17 WSW 9 18 W 8 15 WNW 7 13 WNW 6 11
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
M G G M G G G G
Humidity Expand
97% 97% 97% 97% 94% 92% 94% 95%
UV index Expand
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:13 Sunset: 15:58 Moon phase: New Air pollution: 2
Thursday (Thursday 21 December 2017)
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Warnings
Overcast Overcast Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
7 ° 7 ° 7 ° 6 ° 8 ° 8 ° 6 ° 5 °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
6 ° 5 ° 5 ° 4 ° 6 ° 6 ° 4 ° 3 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
WNW 6 11 WNW 6 11 WNW 6 11 WNW 6 11 W 6 12 WNW 6 12 W 6 11 W 6 11
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G M M G G G G G
Humidity Expand
96% 96% 96% 95% 92% 93% 94% 95%
UV index Expand
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:13 Sunset: 15:59 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 2
Friday (Friday 22 December 2017)
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Warnings
Overcast Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Overcast
20% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
5 ° 5 ° 6 ° 6 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
3 ° 3 ° 3 ° 4 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 5 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
WSW 7 12 WSW 7 13 WSW 7 13 WSW 7 13 WSW 8 16 WSW 8 15 WSW 8 14 WSW 8 14
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% 96% 95% 92% 93% 95% 95%
UV index Expand
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:14 Sunset: 15:59 Moon phase: Waxing crescent
Saturday (Saturday 23 December 2017)
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Warnings
Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 10 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 °
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Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
5 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 8 ° 7 ° 6 ° 5 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
WSW 8 14 WSW 8 14 W 8 14 WSW 9 15 WSW 10 18 WSW 10 18 SW 10 18 SW 10 19
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G G G G G VG G VG
Humidity Expand
95% 96% 95% 95% 93% 92% 94% 93%
UV index Expand
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:14 Sunset: 16:00 Moon phase: Waxing crescent
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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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