As anyone who has ridden in Yorkshire will tell you, the weather can be wildly unpredictable, with downpours regularly catching out riders as they take on the Dales and the Moors.
This week, it’s the world’s best riders who will be battling against the British weather as the Yorkshire 2019 World Championships get into full swing.
The pundits believe that weather conditions will have a decisive impact on the outcome of the races, including cycling legend Sean Kelly, and after the weekend started with glorious sunshine on Saturday (September 21), the clouds turn darker and heavy rain blighted the first World Championship mixed relay team time trial on Sunday.
The weather then cleared again on Monday (September 23) for the junior time trials.
Here is are the Met Office weather forecasts for Harrogate for the remainder of the Yorkshire 2019 World Championships:
Monday, September 23
After sunny intervals started the day, with temperatures at around 18 degrees, during the junior women's TT and the junior men's TT, the rain is set to return from 7pm and last for the rest of the evening with temperatures down to 14 degrees.
Tuesday, September 24
Tuesday is looking to be the worst day, as the Met Office has a yellow weather warning for rain in place from 4am until 11pm.
Rain is expected to start falling at around 9am in Harrogate and get worse throughout the day, with a chance of lightning at midday.
At 4pm the rain will ease slightly, but forecasters are predicting downpours will last until around 8pm.
Temperatures will sit at around 16 degrees for most of the day, as the men’s under-23 time trial kicks off at 10.10am until 12.30pm and the women’s elite time trial starts at 2.40pm and runs until 4.50pm.
Wednesday, September 25
Weather on Wednesday is looking better, although the temperatures will fall – mostly cloudy throughout the day, with highs of 17 degrees and lows of around 13
There a 50 per cent chance of rain at 4pm, things are expected to clear by 5pm.
The men’s elite time trial takes place between 1.10pm and 4.04pm, and conditions may be perfect for some fast times.
Thursday, September 26
The rain returns on Thursday, with downpours starting early at 1am but things will clear from 9am until around 11am, with the sun breaking through at some points.
There are chances of showers at midday and 5pm with things remaining mostly cloudy apart from that.
Temperatures will be at highs of 15 degrees.
The junior men’s road race starts at 1.10pm on Thursday and runs until 3.45pm.
Friday, September 27
Friday is looking mixed, mostly cloudy but with some sun breaking through but rain is also expected between 10am and 4pm.
The evening is then expected to be cloudy.
Temperatures for the day will hit 14 degrees and drop to around 11, as the women’s junior road race gets underway at 8.40am until 11.20am, before the men’s U23 road race from 2.10pm until 7.05pm.
Saturday, September 28
Heading into the main events, Saturday sees the women’s elite road race from 11.4am until 4pm.
Weather will again be mixed, with the sun breaking through the clouds from 10am but chances of rainfall from 10am until 4pm, while the evening will be cloudy.
Temperatures at highs of 14 degrees and lows of 11 degrees.
Sunday, September 29
The final day of the event will see the elite men’s road race take place from 8.40am to 3.20pm.
Heavy rain in the early morning from 4am will last until 1pm. The sun could break through at at 4pm but there is still a chance of rain.
The temperature will be around 13 degrees for much of the day with highs of 14.
Alex is the digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter and now as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output.
Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) and joining CW in 2018, Alex has covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.
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