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Coldest temperature:  38° May 19, 1894
Coldest high temperature:  44° May 19, 1894
Coldest average daily temperature: 41°  May 19, 1894

Warmest temperature:  94° May 6, 1949
Warmest low temperature:  73° May 25, 1918
Warmest average daily temperature:  81.5°  May 25, 1918

Wettest:  1.40" May 5, 1961
Out of the 144 Kentucky Oaks Days, 75 (52%) experienced rain at some point during the day.
Longest stretch of consecutive wet Oaks Days (24-hr): 6 (1899-1904, 1943-1948, 1993-1998)
Longest stretch of consecutive wet Oaks Days (1pm-7pm):  3 (1945-47, 1989-91, 1996-98)
Longest stretch of consecutive dry Oaks Days (24-hr):  7 (1881-1887)
Longest stretch of consecutive dry Oaks Days (1pm-7pm):  10 (1969-1978)

(The above records, unless otherwise noted, are for the entire calendar day -- not necessarily race time. Also, the data were taken at the official observing site for the city of Louisville, not Churchill Downs itself.)

 

Date High Low 24-Hour Precipitation Aftn/Early Eve Precipitation Weather Winner
May 4, 2018 82 69 Trace 0 Cloudy Monomoy Girl
May 5, 2017 55 47 0.93" 0.09" Rainy, Chilly, Breezy Abel Tasman
May 6, 2016 73 49 0 0 Mostly Sunny Cathryn Sophia
May 1, 2015 73 45 0 0 Mostly Sunny Lovely Maria
May 2, 2014 62 47 0 0 Mostly Cloudy Untapable
May 3, 2013 78 63 0.04" 0.02" Cloudy Princess of Sylmar
May 4, 2012 86 67 0.12" 0.01" Mostly Cloudy Believe You Can
May 6, 2011  71 50 0  0  Mostly Cloudy  Plum Pretty
April 30, 2010  83 60 0  0  Partly Cloudy  Blind Luck
May 1, 2009  76 53 0.46"  0  Cloudy  Rachel Alexandra
May 2, 2008  79 61 1.17"  1.04"  Rain -- "Kentucky Soaks"  Proud Spell
May 4, 2007  73 61 0.98"  0.77" Rain  Rags to Riches
May 5, 2006  74 58 0  0  Partly Cloudy  Lemons Forever
May 6, 2005  72 43 0  0  Mostly Clear  Summerly
April 30, 2004 73 58 0.88"  0.01"  Cloudy  Ashado
May 2, 2003 73 56 0.01" 0.01"  Mostly Cloudy  Bird Town
May 3, 2002 62 42 0  0 Partly Cloudy  Farda Amiga
May 4, 2001 86 58 0  0  Partly Cloudy  Flute
May 5, 2000 83 63 0  0 Mostly Cloudy  Secret Status
April 30, 1999 72 44 0  0  Mostly Clear  Silverbulletday
May 1, 1998 66 50 0.04"  0.02"  Mostly Cloudy  Keeper Hill
May 2, 1997 75 47 1.16"  0.26" Rain  Blushing K.D.
May 3, 1996 79 55 0.28" Trace  Partly Cloudy  Pike Place Dancer
May 5, 1995 69 52 Trace  0  Mostly Clear  Gal In A Ruckus
May 6, 1994 62 55 0.28"  0.15"  Rain  Sardula
April 30, 1993 78 58 Trace  0  Mostly Cloudy  Dispute
May 1, 1992 85 53 0  0  Clear  Luv Me Luv Me Not
May 3, 1991 77 50 0.12"  Trace  Partly Cloudy  Lite Light
May 4, 1990 79 60 0.31"  0.16"  Mostly Cloudy  Seaside Attraction
May 5, 1989 70 51 0.45"  0.45" Rain  Open Mind
May 6, 1988 78 50 0  0  Clear  Goodbye Halo
May 1, 1987 80 45 0  0  Clear  Buryyourbelief
May 2, 1986 67 48 0  0  Mostly Clear  Tiffany Lass
May 3, 1985 68 46 0  0  Mostly Clear  Fran's Valentine
May 4, 1984 59 48 0.35"  Trace  Cloudy  Lucky Lucky Lucky
May 6, 1983 81 48 0  0  Clear  Princess Rooney
April 30, 1982 72 53 Trace  0  Partly Cloudy  Blush With Pride
May 1, 1981 70 52 0.03"  0.03"  Partly Cloudy  Heavenly Cause
May 2, 1980 71 45 0  0  Mostly Cloudy  Bold 'n Determined
May 4, 1979 58 45 0.76"  0.25" Rain Davona Dale
May 5, 1978 60 46 Trace  0  Mostly Cloudy  White Star Line
May 6, 1977 83 66 0.05"  0  Partly Cloudy  Sweet Alliance
April 30, 1976 71 39 0  0  Partly Cloudy  Optimistic Gal
May 2, 1975 72 45 0  0  Mostly Clear  Sun and Snow
May 3, 1974 73 49 0  0  Mostly Cloudy  Quaze Quilt
May 4, 1973 63 44 0  0  Clear  Bag of Tunes
May 5, 1972 74 45 0  0  Clear  Susan's Girl
April 30, 1971 63 41 0  0  Partly Cloudy  Silent Beauty
May 1, 1970 82 59 0.01"  0  Cloudy  Lady Vi-E
May 2, 1969 81 46 0  0  Clear  Hail to Patsy
May 3, 1968 83 62 0.05"  0.02"  Partly Cloudy  Dark Mirage
May 5, 1967 72 50 Trace  0  Partly Cloudy  Nancy Jr.
May 6, 1966 82 58 0  0  Clear  Native Street
April 30, 1965 81 42 0  0  Clear  Amerivan
May 1, 1964 74 42 0  0  Clear  Blue Norther
May 3, 1963 76 41 0  0  Partly Cloudy  Sally Ship
May 4, 1962 79 50 0.20"  0.20"  Partly Cloudy  Cicada
May 5, 1961 55 47 1.40"  0.45" Rain  My Portrait
May 6, 1960 77 60 0.11"  0  Mostly Cloudy  Make Sail
May 1, 1959 80 56 0.02"  0  Mostly Clear  Wedlock
May 1, 1959 80 56 0.02"  0  Mostly Clear Hidden Talent
May 2, 1958 71 60 0.39"  0.06"  Cloudy  Bug Brush
May 3, 1957 61 42 0  0  Clear  Lori-El
May 4, 1956 68 49 0  0  Partly Cloudy  Princess Turia
May 6, 1955 81 52 0  0  Clear  Lalun
April 30, 1954 84 64 0.05"  Trace  Mostly Cloudy  Fascinator
May 1, 1953 84 57 0.02"  0 Mostly Clear  Bubbley
May 2, 1952 90 53 0.05" 0.05"  Mostly Clear  Real Delight
May 4, 1951 73 49 0.19"  0.12"  Partly Cloudy  How
May 5, 1950 87 68 0.15"  0  Partly Cloudy  Ari's Mona
May 6, 1949 94 58 0 0  Clear  Wistful
April 30, 1948 71 40 Trace  0  Partly Cloudy  Challe Anne
May 2, 1947 61 47 0.29"  0.10"  Partly Cloudy  Blue Grass
May 3, 1946 64 57 0.37"  0.16"  Cloudy  First Page
June 8, 1945 74 57 1.00"   0.37"   Rain  Come and Go
May 5, 1944 58 43 0.40" 0  Partly Cloudy  Canina
May 8, 1943 76 66 0.06" 0 Mostly Cloudy, Showers  Nellie L.
May 9, 1942 73 45 0 0 Clear Miss Dogwood
May 17, 1941 70 52 Trace 0 Partly Cloudy  Valdina Myth
May 11, 1940 66 51 0 0 Clear  Inscolassie
May 13, 1939 69 52 Trace 0 Mostly Clear  Flying Lill
May 28, 1938 82 64 0.20"   Thunderstorms  Flying Lee
May 15, 1937 59 48 Trace 0 Cloudy  Mars Shield
May 16, 1936 81 52 0 0 Clear  Two Bob
May 18, 1935 71 50 0 0 Partly Cloudy  Paradisical
May 19, 1934 87 64 0 0 Clear  Fiji
May 20, 1933 88 70 0 0 Clear  Barn Swallow
May 21, 1932 82 65 Trace Trace Cloudy, Thunderstorm  Suntica
May 9, 1931 69 52 0.13"   Thunderstorms  Cousin Jo
May 31, 1930 73 48 0 0 Clear  Alcibiades
June 1, 1929 88 65 0 0 Partly Cloudy  Rose of Sharon
June 2, 1928 76 57 0 0 Partly Cloudy  Easter Stockings
May 30, 1927 80 68 0.12"   Thunderstorms  Mary Jane
May 31, 1926 82 65 0.82"   Thunderstorms  Black Maria
May 30, 1925 84 57 0 0 Clear Deeming
May 31, 1924 71 50 0 0 Partly Cloudy  Princess Doreen
May 26, 1923 74 63 0.27"   Showers  Untidy
June 3, 1922 78 64 Trace 0 Partly Cloudy  Startle
May 14, 1921 71 53 0 0 Clear  Nancy Lee
May 19, 1920 73 60 0.01" 0 Cloudy  Lorraine
May 31, 1919 89 70 Trace Trace Partly Cloudy  Lillian Shaw
May 25, 1918 90 73 0 0 Clear  Viva America
May 25, 1917 72 55 0 0 Partly Cloudy  Sunbonnett
May 27, 1916 89 68 0.04"   Thunderstorm  Kathleen
May 21, 1915 83 69 Trace 0 Partly Cloudy  Waterblossom
May 22, 1914 80 64 Trace Trace Partly Cloudy  Bronzewing
May 24, 1913 70 50 0 0 Clear  Cream
May 28, 1912 79 68 0.45"   Thunderstorm  Flamma
June 8, 1911 82 64 0 0 Partly Cloudy  Bettie Sue
June 4, 1910 71 55 0.39" 0.39" Rain  Samaria
May 22, 1909 69 58 0 0 Cloudy  Floreal
May 30, 1908 81 66 0 0 Clear  Ellen-a-Dale
June 6, 1907 74 57 Trace Trace Partly Cloudy  Wing Ting
May 29, 1906 72 45 0 0 Clear  King's Daughter
May 27, 1905 83 58 0 0 Partly Cloudy  Janeta
May 18, 1904 59 50 0.05"   Cloudy, Light Rain  Audience
May 19, 1903 85 66 0.02"   Partly Cloudy, Thunderstorm  Lemco
May 24, 1902 87 65 0.88" 0.88" Thunderstorm  Wain-a-Moinen
May 11, 1901 69 53 Trace Trace Partly Cloudy  Lady Schorr
May 19, 1900 66 52 0.20"   Rain  Etta
May 20, 1899 58 54 0.12"   Rain  Rush
May 19, 1898 88 71 0 0 Partly Cloudy  Crocket
May 22, 1897 81 48 0 0 Clear  White Frost
May 11, 1896 92 65 0.53" 0.53" Thunderstorm, Hail  Soufflé
May 28, 1895 87 49 0 0 Clear  Voladora
May 19, 1894 44 38 0.18"   Rain  Selika
May 15, 1893 68 60 0.26"   Rain  Monrovia
May 16, 1892 74 56 0 0 Clear  Miss Dixie
May 20, 1891 71 60 0.62"   Rain  Miss Hawkins
May 21, 1890 78 51 0 0 Partly Cloudy  English Lady
May 16, 1889 88 58 0 0 Partly Cloudy  Jewel Ban
May 22, 1888 73 57 Trace Trace Cloudy  Ten Penny
May 14, 1887 84 64 0 0 Clear  Florimore
May 17, 1886 68 46 0 0 Mostly Clear  Pure Rye
May 16, 1885 84 56 0 0 Clear  Lizzie Dwyer
May 10, 1884 80 56 0 0 Partly Cloudy  Modesty
May 23, 1883 67 44 0 0 Clear  Vera
May 18, 1882 74 52 0 0 Clear  Katie Creel
May 19, 1881 77 57 0 0 Clear  Lucy May
May 20, 1880 87 67 0.40" 0.40" Cloudy  Longitude
May 22, 1879 75 54 0 0    Liahtunah
May 23, 1878 85 62 0.03"      Belle of Nelson
May 24, 1877 66 49 0 0    Felicia
May 17, 1876 89 67 0 0    Necy Hale
May 19, 1875 78 52 0 0    Vinaigrette