This website uses cookies. Read about how we use cookies.

Close window

Grand National 2017 weather forecast

Grand National

Sat 8 Apr 2017

The Grand National was first run in 1839 and was won by a horse called Lottery. This year the race will once again take place on the 4 mile, 2½ furlong course at Aintree, with the winner receiving over £500,000 in winnings.

This year's event takes place on Saturday 8 April but racing takes place across three days with the Grand Opening Day on Thursday 6 and Ladies Day on Friday 7 before the Grand National Day.

Back to the events calendar.

  • Cloudy 17 °C

    12 °C

  • Sunny intervals 14 °C

    11 °C

  • Overcast 13 °C

    10 °C

  • Sunny day 12 °C

    10 °C

  • Cloudy 12 °C

    9 °C

  • Sunny intervals 11 °C

    9 °C

  • Cloudy 12 °C

    10 °C

Tuesday (Tuesday 24 October 2017)
Now 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00 22:00 23:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Light rain Light rain Light rain
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 80% 90% 80% 60% 50% 50%
Temperature (°C)
16 ° 16 ° 16 ° 16 ° 16 ° 15 ° 15 ° 14 ° 13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 °
Show detail Show detail
Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
14 ° 14 ° 15 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SW 14 28 WSW 12 23 WSW 12 23 WSW 12 25 WSW 12 23 WSW 10 20 W 11 24 W 8 17 W 7 14 WSW 5 10 SW 4 8 SSE 4 9
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G G G G G G G M G G G G
Humidity Expand
91% 89% 85% 84% 85% 85% 84% 91% 90% 89% 91% 92%
UV index Expand
1 1 1 1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:55 Sunset: 17:56 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 2
Wednesday (Wednesday 25 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 Heavy rain Heavy rain Heavy rain Light rain Light rain Cloudy Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny day Sunny day Sunny day Clear night Clear night Partly cloudy night Clear night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night
90% 90% 90% 90% 60% 50% 10% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 11 °
Show detail Show detail
Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 10 ° 11 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 10 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
SSE 6 14 W 7 15 WNW 6 13 W 7 15 WNW 9 17 W 8 17 W 9 20 W 10 21 W 11 22 WSW 10 20 WSW 9 19 WSW 11 21 WSW 12 22 WSW 12 22 W 11 21 W 12 21 W 11 19 W 9 17 W 7 15 WSW 5 12 SW 5 11 SSW 5 12 SSW 4 11 S 4 10
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
M M M M G VG VG VG VG VG G VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG G G G G G
Humidity Expand
95% 95% 95% 95% 95% 92% 90% 88% 87% 86% 83% 80% 77% 75% 74% 72% 72% 75% 79% 83% 84% 84% 84% 86%
UV index Expand
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:57 Sunset: 17:54 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 2
Thursday (Thursday 26 October 2017)
00:00 01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Light rain Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Cloudy Partly cloudy night
10% 50% 40% 20% 20% 20% 10% 10% <5%
Temperature (°C)
11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 12 ° 13 ° 12 ° 11 °
Show detail Show detail
Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 11 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 10 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
S 4 10 S 5 10 S 4 9 SSW 3 7 SSE 3 6 WSW 3 7 WNW 5 9 WNW 5 9 NW 5 10
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
G G G M M M G G G
Humidity Expand
87% 88% 92% 94% 94% 89% 85% 89% 90%
UV index Expand
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:59 Sunset: 17:52 Moon phase: Waxing crescent Air pollution: 2
Friday (Friday 27 October 2017)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Sunny day Sunny day Clear night Cloudy
10% 10% 10% 10% <5% <5% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
11 ° 11 ° 10 ° 11 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 11 °
Show detail Show detail
Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
10 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 ° 11 ° 11 ° 10 ° 9 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
NW 5 10 NW 6 10 NNW 6 10 NW 6 10 WNW 6 12 NW 8 15 WNW 7 13 WNW 9 16
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG VG G G VG VG VG G
Humidity Expand
89% 88% 88% 86% 78% 74% 83% 84%
UV index Expand
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:00 Sunset: 17:50 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 2
Saturday (Saturday 28 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)
11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 °
Show detail Show detail
Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
9 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
WNW 11 20 WNW 13 24 WNW 15 28 WNW 16 30 WNW 18 35 WNW 18 34 NW 17 31 NW 16 29
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
80% 79% 80% 81% 78% 80% 81% 83%
UV index Expand
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:02 Sunset: 17:48 Moon phase: First quarter Air pollution: 2
Sunday (Sunday 29 October 2017)
01:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy night Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night
10% 10% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
11 ° 10 ° 9 ° 10 ° 11 ° 11 ° 10 ° 10 °
Show detail Show detail
Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
8 ° 8 ° 7 ° 7 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 8 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
NW 14 27 NNW 13 22 NNW 11 18 N 10 16 NNW 10 18 NNW 10 18 NW 9 15 NW 9 15
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor) Expand
VG G G VG VG VG G G
Humidity Expand
85% 84% 84% 81% 71% 73% 83% 86%
UV index Expand
1 1 1
Sunrise: 08:04 Sunset: 17:46 Moon phase: First quarter
Monday (Monday 30 October 2017)
00:00 03:00 06:00 09:00 12:00 15:00 18:00 21:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 10 ° 11 ° 12 ° 11 ° 11 °
Show detail Show detail
Feels like temperature (°C) Expand
8 ° 7 ° 7 ° 8 ° 9 ° 10 ° 9 ° 9 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph) Expand
NNW 9 15 NNW 9 16 WNW 10 17 W 10 18 WSW 11 20 W 11 20 WSW 11 18 WSW 11 18
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
88% 88% 89% 88% 82% 83% 87% 88%
UV index Expand
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:06 Sunset: 16:44 Moon phase: First quarter
< Aintree Racecourse last 24 hours Issued at:

8 April - Check the weather forecast for the biggest steeplechase event in the UK, the Grand National.

The Grand National is an annual National Hunt horse race which takes place at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool. The race is watched by around 70,000 people at the course, as well as an estimated 600 million global television audience.


Grand National forecast - 7 April 2017

The course and the weather

The Grand National consists of two laps of the Aintree National Course with 30 fences for the horses to jump including the famous Becher's Brook, The Chair and the Canal Turn. The course record is 8 minutes 48 seconds which was achieved by Mr Frisk in 1990. Red Rum is the most successful horse in the history of the race with three wins (1973, 1974, 1977). In 2016 the race was won by Rule The World who was ridden by David Mullins and trained by Mouse Morris.

Spectators and riders will all be looking for the perfect race conditions to suit the style of their chosen horse and rider. All 40 riders will be looking for a clear and not too gusty day.

On the day of the race the course officials will check the course conditions and inform the owners and jockeys. This information also helps those who have an interest in the race. Owners will be looking for the course to be classed as 'good' which means the ground will be neither too hard or too soggy.

Will the weather make for a successful race day? Check the Aintree Racecourse weather forecast.

Red Rum

Red Rum is probably the most famous name to be associated with the Grand National. Red Rum won the Grand National in 1973 and 1974, but then came second in the next two Grand Nationals. After having two years of poor race placements and calls to retire due to being over raced his trainer Donald McCain had faith that the winning horse could take one more title. Red Rum went on to win the 1977 Grand National.

Red Rum passed away at the age of 30 and is buried at the finishing line of the Grand National course. There is also a gold statue of the three-time winner at Aintree.

Weather forecasting and horse racing

As the national hunt racing season draws to an end Kevin McConway, Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics at The Open University, helps to explain the nature of probability and how weather forecasting and horse racing are unlikely partners when it comes to beating the odds.

As one of the top two performing weather forecasting centres in the world, Met Office forecasts are highly valued. Continuing improvements in accuracy with, for example, four day forecasts today being as accurate as a one day forecast back in the 1980s, enable the public and society to take a wider range of weather related decisions with more confidence. The chaotic nature of weather does mean that there are unavoidable limitations to what we can predict. However, by calculating the confidence in a weather forecast we aim to give people a clear picture of any uncertainties.

 

To check all the runners and riders in this year's Grand National check the official Grand National site.

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

If you're looking for content for your own website, take a look at our weather widget.

Follow us on

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, or Snapchat Facebook Follow @metoffice on Twitter YouTube Instagram Snapchat