2020 Belmont Stakes: Weather forecast, rain projections for race day

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This year’s Belmont Stakes will be a lot different than years past due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The race was moved to June 20 and is now the first leg of the Triple Crown, rather than being the final leg as usual. The track is also 1 1/8 miles instead of the usual 1 1/2 miles.

For health and safety reasons, fans will not be permitted at the race. Competing in front of empty stands will certainly be a different experience for the jockeys and trainers, but they have their eye on the usual prize.

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The race will take place in Elmont, New York, and will go to post at 5:42 p.m. ET.  Here’s a look at updated weather forecasts for the 152nd running of the Belmont Stakes. 

The day before race, the forecast says it will be partly cloudy and humid with a high UV index. There is a chance of a stray thunderstorm on race day, with winds blowing south around 12 mph.

During the day there is a 20 percent chance of rain and as night falls it goes up to 30 percent, with a few showers developing late.

Take a look at the complete forecast for the day:

2020 Belmont Stakes forecast:

Service:  The Weather Channel
Projected weather: Partly Cloudy, possible stray thunder storm developing later in the day
Projected temperatures: High of 80 degrees, low of 66 degrees
Race-time projection: Partly cloudy, humid
Chance of rain:  20% for the day

Service:  AccuWeather
Projected weather:
Projected temperatures: High of 79 degrees, low of 66 degrees
Race-time projection: Intermittent clouds, real feel of 84 degrees
Chance of rain:
 7% chance of rain at race-time

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