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What will the weather be like for the 2019 Cheltenham Festival?


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  • Getting our head around the weather forecast for this week’s Cheltenham Festival (12-15 March) might not be quite as important for us as it is for the trainers and jockeys responsible for trying to get their horses to pass the finish line first, but as you’ll be spending most of your time in the great outdoors, soaking up the amazing Festival atmosphere, knowing whether it’s going to rain or shine is necessary (and to know how many layers to put on too). So here’s a summary of what you can expect…

    Tuesday 12 March — Champion day

    11am
    Weather: heavy rain and a moderate breeze
    Temperature: 7°C
    Chance of rain: 86%
    Wind speed: 15mph

    1pm
    Weather: heavy rain and a moderate breeze
    Temperature: 7°C
    Chance of rain: 84%
    Wind speed: 14mph

    4pm
    Weather: light rain showers and a moderate breeze
    Temperature: 7°C
    Chance of rain: 45%
    Wind speed:
    14mph

    Wednesday 13 March: Ladies’ day

    11am
    Weather: gusty winds and sunny intervals
    Temperature: 9°C
    Chance of rain: 17%
    Wind speed: 42mph

    1pm
    Weather: gusty winds and sunny intervals
    Temperature: 10°C
    Chance of rain: 15%
    Wind speed: 41mph

    4pm
    Weather: sunny intervals and a fresh breeze
    Temperature: 10°C
    Chance of rain: 11%
    Wind speed: 20mph

    Thursday 14 March: St. Patrick’s Thursday

    11am
    Weather: light rain and a fresh breeze
    Temperature: 11°C
    Chance of rain: 48%
    Wind speed: 19mph

    1pm
    Weather: light rain and a fresh breeze
    Temperature: 12°C
    Chance of rain: 44%
    Wind speed: 20mph

    4pm
    Weather: light rain and a fresh breeze
    Temperature: 12°C
    Chance of rain: 34%
    Wind speed: 19mph

    Continued below…


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    Friday 15 March: Gold Cup day

    11am
    Weather: light cloud and a moderate breeze
    Temperature: 12°C
    Chance of rain: 25%
    Wind speed: 17mph

    1pm
    Weather: light cloud and a moderate breeze
    Temperature: 12°C
    Chance of rain: 22%
    Wind speed: 17mph

    4pm
    Weather: light cloud and a moderate breeze
    Temperature: 12°C
    Chance of rain: 17%
    Wind speed: 16mph

    Weather data from BBC weather. Information correct at the time of publication.
    Don’t miss our Cheltenham Festival preview in 7 March issue, and read our full report from the big meeting in Horse & Hound magazine, on sale Thursday, 21 March.

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