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Grand National Festival 2018 weather forecast

Grand National

Thu 12 AprSat 14 Apr 2018

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 starts on Thursday 12 April with the Grand Opening Day. Racing also takes place on Friday and Saturday with Ladies Day and the Grand National Day respectively.

Back to the events calendar.

  • Cloudy 16 °C

    12 °C

  • Cloudy 15 °C

    8 °C

  • Sunny day 12 °C

    11 °C

  • Overcast 13 °C

    12 °C

  • Overcast 13 °C

    10 °C

  • Overcast 12 °C

    9 °C

  • Light shower day 10 °C

    7 °C

Saturday (Saturday 20 October 2018)
Now 15:00 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00 22:00 23:00
Warnings
Sunny intervals Sunny intervals Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night Cloudy Partly cloudy night Cloudy Cloudy
<5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10%
Temperature (°C)
16 ° 15 ° 15 ° 15 ° 15 ° 14 ° 14 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
15 ° 15 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
WSW 5 10 NW 5 8 WSW 5 8 SW 5 10 SW 6 11 WSW 5 10 SW 4 8 SW 4 9 SW 4 9 SSW 3 8
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
Humidity
74% 77% 78% 76% 76% 79% 82% 83% 85% 85%
UV index
1 1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:47 Sunset: 18:05 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous Air pollution: 2
Sunday (Sunday 21 October 2018)
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
Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Overcast Light rain Light rain Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Cloudy Partly cloudy night Clear night Partly cloudy night Partly cloudy night
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20% 60% 60% 20% 10% 10% <5% <5% <5% <5% <5%
Temperature (°C)
13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 14 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 ° 10 ° 10 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 ° 11 ° 11 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
S 5 10 S 4 10 S 4 8 S 3 7 S 4 8 SSE 4 8 SSE 4 9 S 4 9 S 4 10 S 5 11 SSW 5 11 SSW 6 12 SW 7 13 WSW 8 16 W 10 18 WNW 14 26 NNW 10 19 NW 13 24 NW 12 23 NW 11 23 NNW 12 26 NNW 12 26 NNW 11 23 NNW 10 20
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G G G G M M M M M M M M M G VG VG VG VG E E E E
Humidity
85% 87% 88% 88% 89% 90% 91% 91% 91% 91% 90% 89% 88% 88% 90% 92% 86% 84% 82% 81% 75% 70% 68% 68%
UV index
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:49 Sunset: 18:03 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous Air pollution: 2
Monday (Monday 22 October 2018)
00:00 01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Partly cloudy night Cloudy Partly cloudy night Clear night Sunny intervals Sunny day Sunny day Overcast Cloudy
<5% <5% 10% <5% <5% <5% <5% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 8 ° 10 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 7 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
NNW 8 18 NNW 8 17 NNW 7 15 NNW 5 11 W 6 11 WNW 12 24 WNW 14 28 WNW 15 28 WNW 19 32
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
E E E VG G E E E E
Humidity
68% 70% 73% 77% 69% 59% 64% 72% 71%
UV index
1 2 1
Sunrise: 07:51 Sunset: 18:01 Moon phase: Waxing gibbous Air pollution: 2
Tuesday (Tuesday 23 October 2018)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Cloudy Cloudy Overcast Cloudy Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast
10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%
Temperature (°C)
12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 13 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
WNW 20 34 WNW 21 35 WNW 21 36 WNW 22 38 WNW 23 39 WNW 21 36 WNW 21 35 WNW 20 34
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
E VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
77% 78% 79% 77% 78% 80% 83% 85%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:53 Sunset: 17:58 Moon phase: Full Air pollution: 2
Wednesday (Wednesday 24 October 2018)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast
10% 20% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20%
Temperature (°C)
13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 13 ° 13 ° 12 ° 12 ° 11 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
9 ° 9 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 9 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
WNW 19 31 WNW 18 30 WNW 16 27 WNW 16 26 NW 15 25 WNW 15 24 NW 14 23 NW 13 21
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G G G G G VG
Humidity
87% 88% 89% 88% 87% 86% 87% 84%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:55 Sunset: 17:56 Moon phase: Full Air pollution: 2
Thursday (Thursday 25 October 2018)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast
20% 20% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 20%
Temperature (°C)
11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 ° 11 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
9 ° 8 ° 8 ° 9 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 8 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
NW 12 20 NW 12 20 WNW 12 18 WNW 12 18 WNW 13 20 WNW 13 21 W 13 20 W 14 21
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
VG VG VG VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
83% 83% 82% 80% 78% 79% 80% 80%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:57 Sunset: 17:54 Moon phase: Full
Friday (Friday 26 October 2018)
01:00 04:00 07:00 10:00 13:00 16:00 19:00 22:00
Warnings
Light shower night Light shower night Light shower night Light shower day Light shower day Light shower day Light shower night Light shower night
30% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 30%
Temperature (°C)
11 ° 10 ° 10 ° 10 ° 9 ° 9 ° 8 ° 8 °
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Feels like temperature (°C)
8 ° 7 ° 6 ° 6 ° 6 ° 5 ° 4 ° 4 °
Wind direction, speed & gust (mph)
WNW 15 22 WNW 16 24 WNW 17 26 WNW 19 28 NW 21 32 NW 20 31 NW 20 30 NNW 20 29
Visibility (E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good, M = Moderate, P = Poor, VP = Very Poor)
G G G VG VG VG VG VG
Humidity
80% 81% 81% 76% 70% 70% 70% 71%
UV index
1 1 1
Sunrise: 07:59 Sunset: 17:52 Moon phase: Full
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12-14 April - Check the weather forecast for the Grand National Festival 2018.

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.

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.

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