From the ABC 7 Weather team

2012 Virginia Gold Cup weather forecast

May 2, 2012 - 03:50 PM
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Will storms ruin the horse races and surrounding festivities? Find out here.

The 87th running of the Virginia Gold Cup races is this weekend and I'm sure many of you are wondering what the forecast holds. Temperatures appear like they will be quite warm with highs in the mid 80s by the early afternoon hours. Dew points will also be a bit of a bear though as they should lie right around the 60 degree mark making for humid conditions. Good thing you ladies will be wearing those big hats to keep the sun off and the guys will have plenty of pastels to reflect the sunlight.

Hourly forecast for Saturday

It's the afternoon hours that I am worried about. A cold front is expected to move through the region Saturday which should initiate showers and thunderstorms through the early afternoon. Storms are expected to be scattered in nature but I still worry as there is very little in the way of safe shelter at the event other than your car or the busses used to transport you there.

Be sure to check Live Super Doppler here the day of the event.

Be sure to check with the driver about where to go in the even of a storm. I would NOT plan on riding out a storm under one of those big tents that are supported by metal beams. Not only could they be struck by lightning but high winds could easily knock one of them over.

I would definitely recommend wearing some suntan lotion as I personally have been burned there every time I have gone..even once when it rained and was 60 degrees the entire time. Have fun and be safe!

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