Anne M. Eberhardt

Cooler Temperatures Forecast for Derby Week

Highest temperature all week is expected to be the 72 degrees on Monday, April 28.

Although a lot can change over the next 11 days, the early forecast for Kentucky Derby Day, May 3, is calling for a high temperature of 63 degrees, with morning showers.

According to, there is a 61% chance of precipitation in Louisville, Ky., on the day of the 140th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and that would be in the form of early-morning showers. The wind could gust up to 23 miles per hour that day.

Accuweather is forecasting cool temperatures all week, with clouds and a chance of thunderstorms on several days. The high temperature for the week is expected to come Monday, when the thermometer reaches 72, and there is a strong possibility of a thunderstorm. There is expected to be periods of rain and a thunderstorm Tuesday, April 29, followed by two days of clouds.

On Friday, May 2, for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), the forecast is calling for a high of 62, with intervals of clouds and sun and a thunderstorm possibility. The overnight low will be a brisk 42 degrees.