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The Grand National 2019 Festival at Aintree begins on Thursday 4th April. The big race itself is run at 17:15 on Saturday 6th April which is over a week earlier than the 2018 event. The weather can be a very important factor, determining to a large extent what the going will be like.
By Paul (Finishing Post At Aintree) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Computer models suggest the likelihood of a reasonable day for the Grand National. Temperatures should be close or even a little above the average for the time of year. Some showery rain is possible in the Aintree area but there is a good chance of it remaining mostly dry.
The Meteo France Arpege chart below shows forecast rainfall for 16:00 GMT on Saturday 6th April.
At the time of this update [19:00 BST, 04/04] the weather prospects for the Grand National look promising. Temperatures should be close to the average and there is a good chance of it being dry.
High resolution 3 day hour by hour (best for 0 to 3 days ahead).
16 day forecast for Aintree which updates every 6 hours (best for 4 to 7 days ahead).
Those of you who want to follow things in more depth should follow the 16 day probability forecast for Liverpool which updates every 6 hours. This shows the range of outcomes the GEFS computer model considers possible (best for more than 7 days ahead).
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