Sunny skies for Saturday of Sport?

Aintree and the mighty Grand National Fences in the spring sunshine Credit: John Giles/PA Archive/Press Association Images

After being spoilt by sunshine all week you might not be surprised to hear that the weather conditions are set to change by the weekend.

This Saturday marks the 176th Grand National at Aintree, Liverpool. After early rain sweeps through Merseyside, it'll be a drier, brighter but breezy afternoon for the race itself just after 4pm - and expect it to be much cooler than it has been.

Glancing at the list of runners this year Many Clouds and Rainbow Hunter have caught my eye. Usually I just go for the one I like the name of - or the jockey dressed like Ronald McDonald.

Shortly after the National, The Boat Race gets underway, the 161st time Cambridge and Oxford have clashed on The Thames. Like Liverpool, London will be bright and breezy but even though it'll be nice in the sunshine, we'll lose the spring-warmth we've had this week.

Stateside, The Masters gets underway in Augusta, Georgia from tomorrow. Here it'll be considerably warmer - it'll be a hot and humid start to the tournament with highs of 32C and spells of sunshine but thunderstorms and downpours are likely to cause some disruption late Thursday into Friday. The weekend is looking drier, little more comfortable and less humid.