Thunderstorms And Rain Predicted Throughout The Weekend
Wild. Very wild.
And wet. Very wet.
That’s the forecast for the 2019 Kentucky Derby, the 145th Run For The Roses.
Taking place on Saturday, May 3, the Kentucky Derby will be run on a wet, muddy track. And the infield – which always has a watered-down mud pit anyway – will be one muddy mess. A fun mess, mind you, but there won’t be any need to hose down any part of it. Mother nature will be taking care of that all weekend.
On race day, showers will begin early in the morning, give way to cloudy skies much of the day, with more rain throughout the day. The chance of rain is 70%. Temperatures will be pleasant, however, in the mid-70s.
For those going to the 4th Street bars and that party scene afterward, showers will return early in the eventing.
Post time is 6:50 p.m., local (Eastern) time. So it could be raining during the race.
Louisville is a sun-starved city all during Derby Week. Clouds dominate early in the week and the rain starts on Thursday when thunderstorms arrive and continue on Friday. The latter means the Kentucky Oaks will be soaked and crowds are likely to be down in the infield for the Oaks infield party.
The temperatures drop when the wet conditions arrive, from mid-70s to the mid-to-low 70s.
The sun returns to Louisville on Sunday, just as everyone is waking up to hangovers and the slow task of checking out of hotels and traveling home.
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