Current going Good to Firm, Good in places. Monday 18th
Watering news - "Watered Sunday morning to maintain current Going for Tuesday. No further watering is planned before racing Tuesday. It is likely that watering after racing will take place through the week to replace moisture lost through evapotranspiration. "
Day 1 Tuesday 19th June
The first race is the Queen Anne Stakes, run over a mile for thoroughbred horses aged four and over 2:30 pm. The Queen will be attending all the five days with the usual Royal Procession leading in so that Her Majesty is there half an hour before the first race. It looks a bit cloudy for Tuesday but dry and not too windy. There will be a light breeze, just a slight nuisance for hats and dress but hopefully, the cloud will break through the afternoon resulting in warm sunshine. 22C (72C) would be unlucky to get a shower.
Wednesday 20th June
The morning could start off a bit murky and grey, but it should brighten and warm up nicely. Warmest day of the week with 25C possible. (77F) The richest race of Royal Ascot, the Prince of Wales Stakes over one mile and two furlongs, 4:20 pm. There will be a band of rain away to the north which is forecast to move over Berkshire Wednesday night as it fades. Maybe worth checking the Netweather Radar on Wednesday morning for its progress southwards.
Thursday 21st June
A change in the air by Thursday. Ladies Day and the most well know race, the Ascot Gold Cup. Quite a feat at two miles and four furlongs, plenty of stamina needed. 4:25 pm The wind will have switched around to the NW and will bring a fresher feel to the day. There will still be warm sunshine, but it will be a bit more blustery. Which is a shame for all the Ladies finery but at least it shouldn't be wet or blowing a gale. It won’t be too bad but just not the balmy warmth of Wednesday. A high of 18C but still dry and bright.
Friday 22nd June
By the end of the week high pressure will be right over the UK so settled conditions, still no rain. Similar to Thursday but with less of a breeze. Dry, bright, not hot. 19C.The Commonwealth Cup, a six-furlong sprint and the Coronation Stakes for the fillies, both open to younger horses.
Saturday 23rd June
The fine, bright and dry weather continues. Light winds and temperatures of 19C, so feeling warm in the sunshine but not the heat of midweek. The Diamond Jubilee Stakes, updated from the Golden Jubilee, is the highlight of the last days’ racing and another sprint race. 4:20pm
For all days, hayfever sufferers - Very high levels of grass pollen with high levels of weed pollen and spores too. Remember your sunscreen with moderate to high UV levels, even if it is a cloudy start. Ascot Racecourse forecast.